That, my dear, is why they call me the Master of Suspense. – Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock is arguably the most important man in the horror and thriller genres. His masterpiece Psycho is not only one of the greatest films ever made, it is also arguably the first real slasher film. Released in 1960 the film virtually revolutionized the horror genre. Before Psycho, horror was defined my Universal Monsters and subsequently Hammer Studios. Based on the book of the same named, which was in turn inspired by Ed Gein (the infamous serial killer who would also serve as inspiration for Leatherface & Buffalo Bill).
Hitchcock tells the story of how Hitchcock would come to make Psycho. Starring as the title character is Anthony Hopkins and soon to be award winning special effects. Recognizable only in voice Hopkins is amazing as the auteur. Balancing perfectly between the perverted voyeur the director is often known as and the often petulant genius he was behind the scenes with his wife Alma (Helen Mirren).
Rounding out an all star cast is Scarlet Johanson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, and James D’Arcy. The movie tells the struggles which Alfred and Alma went through to get the movie made. With no studio willing to touch the subject matter Hitchcock remortgaged their home putting the money up himself in an agreement with Universal to distribute. Battles with the standards board over violence and sexuality over almost every moment in the film, including showing a toilet flush.
Hitchcock is the perfect combination of Oscar Bait Bio Pic and Horror History Lesson. Check it out and marvel at the acting, the history and most importantly Hopkin’s prosthetic Mama June chin.