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July 12 2017

Suspense in Film

Everyone loves a good suspense film. The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl are two of the best and most interesting mystery films of the last few years, grossing nearly $140 million between them....
February 16 2017

Page to Screen: The Birds: du Maurier & Hitchcock

Daphne du Maurier published her story “The Birds” in her 1952 collection called The Apple Tree. Several years later, Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the story, and in 1963 he...
September 21 2016

Page to Screen—Rebecca: du Maurier vs. Hitchcock

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again...” It's a haunting opening to a gothic romance often mentioned in the same breath as Jane Eyre; natural, given both stories follow...
May 26 2016

Mood, Music, & Mysteries

Every mystery lover knows that the theme music for a TV series helps to sets the mood for the viewer. A solid theme song certainly plays an important role in the success of any series. The musical...
May 20 2016

Alfred Hitchcock Is Not as Great as You Think

Alfred Hitchcock is brilliant. He made some absolutely amazing films. Certified classics—make no mistake. But is he as great as you, and the rest of the film snob world, think he is? Here’s...
May 5 2016

Psycho Gets the Andy Warhol Treatment

What have you done, mother!? Is there a more iconic scene than the shower stabbing in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960)? Is there a more iconic art piece that Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe...
April 28 2016

Mad About Norman: The Enduring Appeal of Psycho

Horror audiences take so much for granted. So many of the monsters, tropes, and scenarios of the genre have been hammered into us over the years that we've become quite jaded. “Oh,”...
October 8 2015

11 Must-See Thrilling Movie Scenes

Join author Jon Land for his 11 must-see thrilling movie scenes, and after you've read and watched, comment for a chance to win a finished copy of Strong Light of Day, Jon's 7th mystery...
June 8 2015

The Ripliad: A Sexagennial with Patricia Highsmith’s Charming Monster

In 1955, the most notorious of Patricia Highsmith’s creations, Tom Ripley, entered her repertoire. Patricia Highsmith’s (1921–1995) debut novel in 1950 was Strangers on a Train,...
December 23 2014

Let’s Not Forget Film Noir’s John Dall

John Dall (1918-1971) starred in top Hollywood productions Spartacus, Rope, and The Corn is Green, as well as the cult classic Gun Crazy. All in all, he made eight films, though unfortunately,...
December 16 2014

Alexis Smith: A Dynamite Girl’s Film Noir

Alexis Smith (June 8, 1921 – June 9, 1993) was a versatile, Canadian-born actress who was equally at home playing in Hollywood Westerns, comedies, and noirs or just about any genre Tinseltown...
November 14 2014

Noir’s Goon Squad: Percy Helton

For a guy who was only about five foot two, Percy Helton was the biggest creep in film noir. He has one of those indispensible faces that is as essential to the genre as cigarette smoke and low key...
September 25 2014

Being John Malkovich Being Other Celebrities: An Homage

Homages to popular iconic images aren't new, but they feel pretty new when the one posing is John Malkovich. While Malkovich recreated famous portraits from Alfred Hitchcock, Albert Einstein, and...
September 12 2014

Mayhem by the Numbers: A Mystery Count-Off

Having recently finished The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers’ golden age whodunit, I had a small epiphany during the re-shelving process. I realized that I have quite a lot of numerically...
April 25 2014

A Curious Lost Classic of Cinema: Road to Salina (1970)

There’s enough curious tidbits about the 1970 movie Road to Salina to fill up the space of this article, if we wanted to delve fully into those items. But the film itself needs to be discussed...
October 22 2013

All Hallow’s Read: 13 Haunting Mysteries (and More!)

With All Hallow's Eve soon approaching, here for your consideration are an unlucky number of books that, each in its way, fit the mood of this spectral season. As the above heading implies, many...
October 8 2013

Spot the Horror Author: Guillermo del Toro directs The Simpsons Couch Gag

The argument can be made that The Simpsons  has had an incredible impact on American culture, be it good or bad. The show is very nearly an institution for network television. Throughout the...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 19 2013

The Lady Vanishes...Again

“Yes, you’re right…Hitchcock did it first,” Alan Cumming tells us in his introduction to The Lady Vanishes on Masterpiece Mystery. You might well ask why anyone would try...
April 20 2013

Checking Out Bates Motel

When someone says the name Alfred Hitchcock, it immediately signals a barrage of visuals and memories for me. One of the first is the familiar bass tones of the haunting opening theme to his television...
February 8 2013

John Carpenter: Making Movies for the Rest of Us

There was a time when I would have easily named John Carpenter as my favorite movie director. I’ve gained more pure visceral pleasure from his movies than almost anyone else's. He perfectly...
November 11 2012

Noir in Film: 5 Great Films Adapted from Noir Classics

Raymond Chandler is considered one of the fathers of noir for good reason. His wonderful creation, Philip Marlowe, is one of the most popular detectives in crime fiction, and all of his books were adapted...
October 19 2012

Leopold and Loeb Still Fascinate 90 Years Later

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were two college boys, brilliant and mad, who decided to kill a younger boy in 1924 to see if they could commit the “perfect crime.” After they were caught,...
October 12 2012

(Please Let) Norman Bates, Rest in Peace

I liked Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho as much (and perhaps even a bit more) than the next person. When I watched it again a few years back I found that it didn’t pack quite as much of a punch...
October 4 2012

Noir’s Goon Squad: Thelma Ritter

This series looks at the great character actors occupying the margins of film noir. You may know some of these faces, if not the names. Most of these performers were never famous, but noir couldn’t...
August 29 2012

Vacancy Filled in Bates Motel Cast

The last time we saw Norma Bates, she was just skin and bones. I was quite worried about her . . . Okay, okay, all jokes aside: Bates Motel, the A&E prequel series to Alfred Hitchcock’s...
May 23 2012

The Women of Noir: Beginning a Primer

When most people think of noir/crime fiction (casual violence, knocking heads, guy’s guys, and blowzy dames), lots of names come to mind. Here, I’ll throw out a few, classics first:  Dashiell...
May 7 2012

What If Hitchcock Had Directed James Bond?

Over at the endlessly fascinating Letters of Note, they have a telegram from Ian Fleming to Eric Ambler, asking Ambler to see whether his friend Alfred Hitchcock might be interested in directing the...
March 4 2012

The Big Literary Guns Behind Alfred Hitchcock Presents

I’ve watched a number of episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents over the years and given that it recently began airing on the Encore Suspense cable channel not long ago, I’m sure I’ll watch quite...
September 30 2011

Making Hitchcock A Piece Of Cake

People love Hitchcock. Many have tried to imitate him, but few—if any—have succeeded. In this wonderful short film, animators Felix Meyer, Pascal Monaco, and Torsten Strer explore what makes Hitch’s...
September 14 2011

Hitchcock: Dance of the Metaphors

Alfred Hitchcock’s name is synonymous with many things, among them innovative film making, a macabre sense of humour, and, of course, that ionic profile. I don’t know when I first started watching...