Because This Guy Managed to Make Birds Scary . . .

For this week’s poll, I did consider going holiday themed . . . but ultimately decided against it. I really haven’t seen that many Thanksgiving movies. I haven’t even seen ThanksKilling yet. And yes, that’s totally a thing. I’m not making it up. It’s a movie about a homicidal turkey that kills college kids. Isn’t that just the best thing you ever heard?

Anyway. Today’s poll won’t have anything to do with turkey or mashed potatoes or genocide. Rather, we’re going to focus on one of the most well-known directors in film history: Alfred Hitchcock.

As always, please keep in mind that Hitchcock was fairly prolific, and your favorite movie may not have made the list. I’m genuinely interested in any underappreciated films you think deserve more attention—I can add them to my ever-growing Netflix queue—but if you’re just going to throw a temper tantrum about how nobody understands true genius anymore or something in that vein . . . well, that’s your prerogative, of course, but just know that I’m not going to take you very seriously.

This poll will be up one week. Results will be posted (probably) on November 28th.

3 thoughts on “Because This Guy Managed to Make Birds Scary . . .

  1. “Psycho” is his most well-known (and a great film in its own right), and the film that (along with Halloween) launched a thousand slasher-flicks.

    But “Vertigo” is his masterpiece.

    James Stewart gives the performance of his career, Hermann’s score never steps wrongly in its entire run-time, and Hitchcock himself injects an almost meta-like self-reflection into the piece. Mostly about how he treats women in his films.

    That the entire premise is preposterous is one of the film’s greatest strengths. Here, Hitchcock manages to weave a tale we believe anyway, when every fiber of our being is trying to tell us it can’t really happen. The twists are genuinely shocking, the outcomes unexpected. As a character study, a look into the darker emotions of men and women, it is second to none. The people here possess some reprehensible traits…but so do we, and we genuinely care and feel for both leads because of it, even if for different reasons.

    Vertigo is the measuring stick for the psychological drama.

  2. I kind of love how cheap ThanksKilling looks. Not in a so-bad-it’s-good way, but that these people are clearly a bunch of friends doing this purely out of affection for bad horror movies, and quite possibly funding the movie with whatever they were able to contribute themselves.

    Anyway, I’m also a Vertigo girl.

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