Hey Creepy Catalogers,
This month Peacock has a pretty comprehensive catalog of “Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock’s work. Join me in spending a weekend immersed in his best:
Psycho (1960). Streaming on Peacock. The most famous of all Hitchcock’s work, Psycho is sometimes called “the first modern horror film“. It follows a Phoenix secretary (Janet Leigh) who steals $40,000 from her employer and then goes on the run. She stops at a roadside motel, the Bates Motel, and meets the seemingly mild-mannered proprietor, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).
Rear Window (1954). Streaming on Peacock. A photographer, L. B. “Jeff” Jefferies (James Stewart) is temporarily stuck in his Greenwich Village apartment while he recovers from a broken leg. To pass the time he has begun spying on his neighbors, who leave their curtains open due to a heat wave. Jeff believes he has observed a murder and is a sitting duck when the murderer notices he has a witness.
The Birds (1963). Streaming on Peacock. In my opinion this is Hitchcock’s scariest film. Sassy socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippy Hedren) meets lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a pet store and decides to deliver a pair of lovebirds to his Bodega Bay home as a prank. However, in Bodega Bay Melanie is attacked by a gull. The longer she stays in town, the more violent and malevolent the birds become.
This week in horror:
- This week Ti West not only announced MaXXXine, the third film in the X trilogy (!!!), there’s a casting call for fans to appear in the film.
- The Invitation defies expectations.
- The Knives Out sequel is better than the original.
- Why this The Office Halloween episode got banned.
- How Shudder determined the “101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments” of all time.
- The best Halloween horror movies.
Happy streaming and stay spooky!!!
Canonical CC Horror Fiction: Elias Witherow