Alfred Hitchcock

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The Master of Suspense has no shortage of fans, devotional websites, or brilliant film credits to his name. Take some time during this spooky season to revisit our favorite creepy director.

You can find a map of his movie locations strewn across California, so you can enjoy creepy flashbacks to your favorite Hitchcock films.

You can get an inside glimpse of his religious convictions on his death bed.

You can turn a non-fan into one with an accessible The Essentials Collection- Limited Edition

You can even get a glimpse of every Alfred Hitchcock cameo in his films, in case you missed ‘em the first time you watched.

But nothing compares to his wit and wisdom. A favorite quote from the master himself.

“There is a dreadful story that I hate actors. Imagine anyone hating James Stewart . . . Jack L. Warner. I can’t imagine how such a rumor began. Of course it may possibly be because I was once quoted as saying that actors are cattle. My actor friends know I would never be capable of such a thoughtless, rude and unfeeling remark, that I would never call them cattle . . . What I probably said was that actors should be treated like cattle.”

TCM Classic Cruise


(Heavy Sigh)Well it took some time for Rochellelynn and I to get over our depression of missing some of our favorite movies shown at iconic Hollywood theatres during the TCM Classic Film Festival 2014 back in April. I’m afraid it’s going to take a bit more time getting over the melancholia settling in over missing the TCM Classic Cruise from October 21 thru the 26th 2014.
Rochellelynn Missed:
Day 1 Singles Mixer and After the Thin Man
Day 2 Meeting Ben Mankowitz
Day 3 Bingo with Ben Mankowitz
Day 4 Key West- and the screening of Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid w/Ann Blyth (maybe she would have given us some insight on the wonderfulness of William Powell)
Day 5 Repeat Bingo with Ben and then back again for the Meet Ben option
Me I Missed:
Day 1 Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary
Day 2 Conversation w/Tab Hunter
Day 3 Watching Mildred Pierce w/Ann Blyth and Rory Flynn’s remembrances of her father Errol Flynn
Day 4 Key West the African Queen Boat on Exhibit and the wild and crazy sunset celebration.
Day 5 I would have liked to try my hand at Trivia: So You Think You Know Horror Movies then start off Halloween week with the showing of Poltergeist with James Karen.
Instead I am lamenting the fact that I missed Networking and five sunrises aboard the cruise ship Magic. There is nothing better than the sunrises and early morning strolls on deck maybe even bumping into the likes of: Illeana Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, Diane Baker, Shirley Jones or maybe even Robert Osborne. I suppose we will just have to wait and see what 2015 brings…

Bride of Frankenstein 1935


Once again seeing Boris Karloff in his element on screen as The Monster always brings on a sense of Halloween.  In this story, our Dr. Frankenstein, played by Colin Clive, wants to be done with the mad scientist business- that is until another evil doctor kidnaps his wife and forces him to make another monster- this time, a woman.

Impressive notables in this film?

Characters Percy Bysshe Shelley (husband to Mary Shelley) and Lord Byron are both present, giving the story a sense of authenticity. One may remember that it was during some travels across Europe with Lord Byron that Mary Shelley originally got her idea for Frankenstein.

Director James Whale, who directed the original Frankenstein and this sequel, finds modern influence in the character of Doctor Whale on Once Upon A Time- who you may remember plays the doctor in the Black and White Frankenstein episode.

In accordance with the Hays Code, the Bride of Frankenstein was forced to cut Elsa Lanchester’s cleavage, a number of excessive murders, and too many references to God.

This film is part of the award winning Universal Monsters DVD collection, make sure to at least watch a few this spooky holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

Dracula


Dracula (1931) features Bela Lugosi, in this early “talkie” film, and quickly brings all that is terrifying to the screen.

Unlike some of the other Dracula films you may have encountered, Lugosi’s Count Dracula succeeds in being alluring and sophisticated first and foremost, strolling the streets of London far more fashionable than anyone else. Of course by the time he encounters our heroine- Mina, he’s already succeeded in killing several people, is the cause of one young man’s stint in the loony bin, and has wiped out an entire ship of men.

What I found made this version of Dracula most interesting, apart from the fact that I couldn’t stop watching it, was all the things you simply didn’t see.

With Professor Van Helsing ( yes the same vampire hunter Hugh Jackman played in a movie of the same name), putting all logic in place to cure their psychotic patient ( bent on eating juicy spiders), there’s simply little than can actually be done when up against Count Dracula. Dracula’s young protégé warns that the doctors will be responsible for whatever happens to our heroine- young Miss Mina. Of course upon Dracula’s arrival, Mina, having already been bitten by the illustrious count, is overwhelmingly taken by him.

The strained playing of violin strings, the pauses between words, and the bursts of light across Dracula’s eyes are enough to make this a thrilling movie to watch in the dark and the one setting the standards for Frankenstein, Phantom of the Opera and others to soon take Classic Hollywood by storm.

Watch it on the Internet Archive here Dracula (1931) if you haven’t seen this one yet. The sound of this Dracula was composed by Phillip Glass in 2000 for the restoration. If you have seen The Illusionist, you’re sure to hear the similarities in the music. Enjoy.

 

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