Screen Junkies » Alfred Hitchcock http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:25:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Alfred Hitchcock Intended ‘Psycho’ To Be A Comedy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alfred-hitchcock-intended-psycho-as-a-comedy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alfred-hitchcock-intended-psycho-as-a-comedy/#comments Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:52:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253445 He was just having a goof.

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A recently unearthed BBC interview with Alfred Hitchcock reveals we’ve been watching his horror classic Psycho all wrong. That’s right. The film most well-known for the brutal murder of a young woman at the hands of a carving knife-wielding transvestite was done as a goof.

“The content was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke. I was horrified to find some people took it seriously,” said Hitchcock in 1964.

I think this is just a case of Hitchcock trying to be provocative. There’s no way that Psycho was meant to be received as a comedy, though it is much more funny than Russell Brand. (Daily Mail)

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7 Films Shot In Real Time Like ‘Silent House’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-films-shot-in-real-time-like-silent-house/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-films-shot-in-real-time-like-silent-house/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:16:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247111 Are they worthwhile or a waste of time?

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Festival darling Elizabeth Olsen stars in Silent House, which opens today. Adding a new twist and gimmick to the field of micro-budget horrors, Silent House is built around the convention of being shot as one continuous take presented in real time. I’ve yet to see the film, but real time is a pretty cool way to watch a film when it’s done correctly. The execution is tricky, but most importantly, it needs to rest upon a fantastic idea.

Reviews of Silent House are almost evenly split with the consensus being gimmicky but scary, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Of course, real time isn’t for everyone as you’ll see with the real time films listed below. What do you think, is real time worthwhile or a waste of time?

16 Blocks

Bruce Willis plays a burnt out New York City detective tasked with escorting Mos Def (aka Mos) to his grand jury testimonial. However, Mos’s Eddie is set to testify against a crooked cop who will in turn bring down every crooked cop in the department. Willis and Mos then have 90 minutes to travel the sixteen blocks downtown with an army of cops trying to kill them. I recommend they just take 2nd Avenue. Everyone else swears by the FDR but I’ve had little luck on it.

Nick of Time

In Nick of Time, Johnny Depp plays a mild-mannered accountant who is ordered to assassinate a Governor in exchange for his daughter’s life. We know that he’s mild-mannered because his character isn’t wearing earrings, face paint, or a dead crow on his head. Christopher Walken is excellent as Depp’s kidnapper and tormentor. The lesson here: never get in a van with Christopher Walken.

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Scarlett Johansson Will Take An Eventful Shower In ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making Of Psycho’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/scarlett-johansson-will-take-an-eventful-shower-in-alfred-hitchcock-and-the-making-of-psycho/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/scarlett-johansson-will-take-an-eventful-shower-in-alfred-hitchcock-and-the-making-of-psycho/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2012 14:00:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246664 Looking forward to those GIFs.

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Scarlett Johansson will recreate cinema‘s most famous shower scene. No. Not the one from Porky’s. Johansson has signed on to play Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.

The film is based on a non-fiction book and will be directed by Anvil! The Story of Anvil helmer Sacha Gervasi with a script by Black Swan‘s John J. McLaughlin. Somehow or another, Paul Giamatti wasn’t cast as Hitchcock. That role will be filled by Anthony Hopkins and his wife will be played by Helen Mirren. James D’Arcy will play Anthony Perkins. If this goes well, I hope to see Megan Fox in a sequel about the making of The Birds. (Variety)

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9 Famous Lost Films That Have Been Rediscovered http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-famous-lost-films-that-have-been-rediscovered/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-famous-lost-films-that-have-been-rediscovered/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2011 17:08:57 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223399 In honor of the rediscovery of Alfred Hitchcock's 1924 film, 'The White Shadow'.

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Ninety-eight years after its release, a lost film on which Alfred Hitchcock served as assistant director has been rediscovered in a New Zealand archive. The 30-minute fragment for The White Shadow, is now the legendary director’s earliest credited feature. According to David Sterritt, Hitchcock researcher and chairman of the National Society of Film Critics, the find represents a “missing link” in director’s early career.

While the find is making headlines, it is far from unique. Throughout the years, numerous supposedly lost films have been rediscovered. Here are nine famous examples.

Cléopâtre – (1899)

Considered one of the earliest horror films of all time, Georges Méliès’ Cléopâtre told the story of the reanimated mummified corpse of the ancient Egyptian queen. Although it was thought lost for decades, a print was found in 2005.

It goes without saying that the picture above is not directly related to the film.

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R.I.P. Harry Redmond Jr., Special Effects Artist http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-harry-redmond-jr-special-effects-artist/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-harry-redmond-jr-special-effects-artist/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 00:20:48 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214355 You know you're getting on in years when your IMDB page includes special effects for 'King Kong'. Not the Peter Jackson one, or the ancient Charles Grodin one. The Fay Wray one.

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You know you’re getting on in years when your IMDB page includes special effects for King Kong. Not the Peter Jackson one, or even the ancient Charles Grodin one. I’m talking about the Fay Wray one.

Special effects artist Harry Raymond Jr. passed away this week. He worked from the 1930s to the mid-60s, creating special effects for such films as King Kong, The Last Days of Pompeii, Orson WellesThe Stranger, Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window, The Bishop’s Wife and seven films for Alfred Hitchcock. Harry’s wife, Dorothea Holt Redmond, was a production illustrator for Gone With The Wind. She died in 2009.

Raymond died in Los Angeles of natural causes at the age of 101. Thanks to special effects, he looked to be a very spry 97. (Variety)

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‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ Remake To Feature Lunch Boxes, Action Figures http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-man-who-knew-too-much-remake-to-feature-lunch-boxes-action-figures/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-man-who-knew-too-much-remake-to-feature-lunch-boxes-action-figures/#comments Wed, 09 Feb 2011 17:50:38 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25794 They're getting around to 'The Kid Who Knew Too Much.'

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The success of Disturbia, which was a reworked teen version of the so hot right now Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rear Window, is unsurprisingly spawning another teen-Hitchcock movie, albeit puzzlingly a few years after the fact. Maybe The Man Who Knew Too Much has been tough to get on Netflix for the past 4 years?

Anyway, they’re getting around to The Kid Who Knew Too Much (is it really going to be called that? Good lord), and it’s apparently going to be a neat reversal of the premise for the first movie (movies, actually – Hitchcock made the movie once in the 30s, and remade it in the 50s) which has a couple traveling overseas trying to find their son who’s kidnapped as part of an assassination plot. The new version would have the “kid” of the title trying to rescue his parents, because that’s something that’s believable.

Film buffs will recall that the 1956 version of this story spawned a popular song for Doris Day “Que Sera Sera,” so it might make sense to cast a singer in the lead role. Might we be reporting in a few months that the movie is going to be called The Bieber Who Knew Too Much? (via SlashFilm)

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Hopkins May Play Hitchcock, And If So, How Psychotically? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hopkins-may-play-hitchcock-and-if-so-how-psychotically/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hopkins-may-play-hitchcock-and-if-so-how-psychotically/#comments Sat, 22 Jan 2011 05:02:31 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21563 Everyone's favorite lamb silencer is in talks to play the 'Psycho' director.

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Alfred Hitchcock was one of the greatest movie directors of all-time, but his life wasn’t nearly as exciting as getting attacked in the shower by a crazy cross-dressing murderer. Maybe that’s why the writer/director developing the Hitchcock biopic, Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), is in talks with everyone’s favorite lamb silencer Anthony Hopkins to spice things up a bit.

I can see it now. “Hello Alma,” ultra super creepy Hitchcock (played by Hopkins) says to his wife and editor Alma Reville in a disturbing whisper. “I think you need to cut a little bit more off that scene,” he says, brandishing a large knife. “Which part? The tail end or the head,” Alma asks, her attention focused on the editing deck. “How about… the neck.” He slices her throat, just like what happened in real life. Yes, that really happened, don’t consult Wikipedia or his many biographies.

Actually, Hopkins has been rumored to play the North By Northwest director for years, when Ryan Murphy was attached to the project. Murphy’s version didn’t come together, and he later went on to create something far scarier than anything Hitchcock ever made: “Glee.” (/Film)

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Thrilling Life To Be Made Into A Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alfred-hitchcocks-thrilling-life-to-be-made-into-a-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alfred-hitchcocks-thrilling-life-to-be-made-into-a-movie/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:04:10 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=20916 A Hitchcock biopic has been a temptation in Hollywood for so many years, and is now being put into development by Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi.

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Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most popular figures in movies despite having been dead for 3 decades. He remains one of the only directors the name of who actually means something to the average consumer — that’s why you see his name and image above the title on his DVD releases, for instance. This phenomenon isn’t merely attributable to the fact that he made great thrillers– after all, lots of people have made great movies over the years, and none of them have achieved the level of stardom Hitchcock had in his prime. The reason for this is that in addition to being a great director, he also had a great personality. He put himself in front of the camera whenever possible and let his sense of humor and charisma carry him into the hearts of America. This is probably why a Hitchcock biopic has been a temptation in Hollywood for so many years, and is now being put into development by Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi.

The movie is set to be about the period of Hitch’s life during which he made his most popular film, Psycho. You know who looks a lot like Anthony Perkins, the star of Psycho? Andrew Garfield. And it will take Spider-Man to make Alfred Hitchcock‘s boring off-screen life seem interesting. (via SlashFilm)

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