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Hitchcocktober

By Cecilia Cygnar

I cannot take credit for the creative merge of The Master of Suspense with the 10th month on the calendar. I saw it in a BBC America email and it spurred me on to recommend some spooky Hitchcockian tales.

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    2017

    As Julie Andrews sings in The Sound of Music, "let's start at the very beginning." This silent movie, loosely based on Jack the Ripper, put Hitchcock on the map as the king of thrills.

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  • Rebecca

    2008

    Hitchcock's first American-made film, this one features one of film's (and literature's) most creepy, obsessed characters: Mrs. Danvers.

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  • Suspicion

    2004

    Cary Grant as a killer? Well, regardless of whether you believe that or not, this is the only film in history, Hitchcock or otherwise, featuring glowing, radioactive milk.

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  • Psycho

    2013

    OK, I know. You've seen it. But, if you can't re-watch this horror flick around Halloween, when can you? After-all, "we all go a little mad sometimes."

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  • High Anxiety

    2006

    This Mel Brooks spoof of multiple Hitchcock movies (Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds) might not be his best film, but it sure is a lot of fun for Hitchcock fans.

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  • Gaslight

    2004

    Ingrid Bergman is going mad in this Hitchcockian gem directed by George Cukor. Or maybe she's not mad? Maybe she's just bad at picking husbands.

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  • Cape Fear

    2001

    A true horror classic wrapped in the guise of thriller. I mean if having Robert Mitchum hunt you down and try to kill you is not horror at its best, I don't know what is.

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  • Wait Until Dark

    2003

    Playing on all of our deepest, darkest fears, this one pits blind Audrey Hepburn against sadist Alan Arkin. If you're afraid of the dark, watch this one in the afternoon.

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  • Play Misty for Me

    2001

    The original "obsessed lover" movie also happens to be an excellent horror flick. One of Clint Eastwood's most subtle and nuanced performances.

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  • Fatal Attraction

    2002

    This new take of the "obsessed lover" had men afraid to even look at other women. Mostly because of Glenn Close's frighteningly convincing portrayed as the wronged woman turned psychopath.

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  • What Lies Beneath

    2000

    Is Harrison Ford a murderer of women? is he going to kill wife Michelle Pfeiffer next? Kind of like Suspicion meets Gaslight meets Fatal Attraction.

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