”When we tell a story in cinema we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise.” – Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock’s ”Rear Window” was one of the first movies where I understood the difference between ”suspense” and ”scary.” I remember how little dialogue there was. Turns out he was a pioneer in the film industry beginning in the 20s!
”The “Hitchcockian” style included the use of camera movement to mimic a person’s gaze, thereby turning viewers into voyeurs, and framing shots to maximize anxiety and fear.”
As you might have guessed, Rear Window was my one and only Hitchcock film, but it definitely affected me!
In the 60s, he was such a big name that anything he put his name on made money!
I’ve had these two books over 30 years and they still give me the creeps! The stories are written by a collection of authors such as Algernon Blackwood, F. Marion Crawford, H. G. Wells, Henry Kuttner, Robert Louis Stevenson, and many more, with an introduction written by AH.
Both books are beautifully illustrated by Fred Banberry. I found this blog where you can see some of the creepiest images from the book. I’m sure they featured in some of my childhood nightmares!
What’s your favorite Hitchcock movie?