Alfred Hitchcock’s Studies In Dream And Psychological Horror

June 16th, 2012 at 12:00am www.tobehooper.com

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1990) was the master of suspense. His quirky sensibility spearheaded 60 films, looked upon even today as blueprints of suspense and horror.

What is overlooked, in today’s carbon copy, uninspired product called horror and suspense, Hitchcock was the King of Intellectual Suspense. He never catered to the lowest common denominator. Hitchcock challenged his audience to pay attention.

Playing heavily on the psychological, opposed to the physical, aspect of being terrified, the director focused on being isolated. Such films as 1943′ s Lifeboat, set entirely on a lifeboat; Rear Window (1954), played from the point of view of a crippled man; and expansive films like 1959′s innovative North by Northwest, finds a character alone in horrendous situations.Check out this link here. His films utilize the director’s fixation with being separated and threatened, even in Norman Bates. This character, though the antagonist, epitomizes being scared, alone and in hiding.

Even more than his films, Hitchcock’s television show was definitely a palette of the insecurities, frailties and common fears we don’t want in our dreams, let alone our lives.

Hitchcock was brilliant at creeping under the skin. Even when making us laugh, we cringed. He has left an unparalleled legacy of dream and psychological horror.

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