Happy Thursday! Happy October! Oh, wait...ahem....BoooohhhOooohh Huuuhappy Oc-toh-buh.
Scary, no? Never mind. Point is, The 31 Days of Horror are finally here! Since it's Thursday, we'll kick things off with another installment of Thursday Movie Picks, the wonderful weekly meme hosted by Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves. Each Thursday this month will be part of the Halloween Edition and have a horror related topic. Today, we're tackling the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. The man rarely went in for straight horror, but he managed to scare us just the same. I'm going with these three...
(1960)I mean, this is a given, right? We can go back and forth about whether or not it's his best film. I think it is. However, I'll not hear of anyone saying it's not his most iconic. Nothing he, nor perhaps any other director, has transcended the medium of cinema so completely as Psycho. Also beyond reproach is its status as one of the all-time great horror flicks. Click here for my full review and here for my breakdown of the legendary shower scene.
(1963)I wasn't going to include this one. To be honest, I don't have a whole lot to say about it. The problem is a unique one, I think, in the world of Thursday Movie Picks. I'm literally watching it for the first time as I'm typing this. I'll be sure to get a full review posted long before this month runs out. Yes, 31 Days of Horror includes the classics.
(1972)I've got a little more to say about this one for two reasons. First, it's not as well known as Psycho. Second, unlike The Birds, I've seen it before. This one is more thriller than horror, but I'll roll with it. The plot concerns a loser by the name of Blaney. We meet him as he's getting fired from his gig as a barkeep for drinking up the product. We follow him around as he does loser stuff. There also happens to be a serial killer on the loose. Whoever this person is rapes women then strangles them with a necktie. Soon enough, all signs point to Blaney as the culprit. This is one of the last movies Hitchcock directed and contains the most intimate violence he ever filmed. While the killings in Psycho maintained a certain distance between the murderer and the victim, Frenzy makes them uncomfortably close.
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