Well, this one was a bit of trouble. I have seen only five Alfred Hitchcock movies (I know. I know.). And two of those (Vertigo and North by Northwest) fall more into the film noir genre, not qualifying, in my mind, as Halloween Edition-worthy.
I at least have three that work though. Phew!! So glad I don't have to sit this one out. You won't find me on Asian Horror week. I'll go ahead and get that out of the way now. I'm lacking in horror as it is and need to see the good American horror before I travel to Asia.
Anyway, I love Thursdays. And this week on Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks, it's a Halloween Edition, Alfred Hitchcock-style.
Here are my picks:
Lauded for its heightened suspense, Hitchcock's Rear Window is pure classic. And it does my favorite thing...it plays on basic human fears borne out of isolation and boredom. You're stuck in the house with a broken leg, cooped up, you go full voyeur and see some shit. What do you do? I'll tell you: you sweat it out like Jimmy Stewart.
This one all about that pulp. Seedy motel, creepy mansion, even creepier dude running the place. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his mommy issues are so ingrained in the movie memory that it's hard not to list this movie here. It is that classic horror film, the one that gave us our first famous slasher and pushed the envelope on what mainstream movies could get away with. And that Bernard Herrmann score though.
Okay. So, I haven't seen this one since I was a little kid. But I remember those birds, man. All crazy and shit, flying around, cutting people's faces and whatnot. Tippi Hedren cowering down, screaming her fool head off. It's images last, for real, even if I don't quite remember the story.