On the big screen everything looks majestic, grand, out of this world. add some popcorn and you have your escapism shot.

 

He was a sadist. A real sadist. He manipulated us, he lied to us, he sent us on wild goose chases as he was preparing for the fatal blow. And we loved to be tortured, we loved to be tricked by his almost scientific nerve wracking talent. It was a game of cat and mouse where the mouse was paying for the popcorn.

 

 

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Alfred Hitchkok - Tension master

  Hitchcock was the best film professor in history. He was teaching us not only how films should be made , but how films should be enjoyed, showing us the masterful touches that create the magic show.
   
  Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some. "
   
 

I am not talking metaphorically, he actually did teach us, in person. We all remember his rounded figure explaining what we are going to see, why we will be afraid and how the trick works, while all the time just distracting us from what is really going to happen in a second, making us jump in our sits with joyful horror.

   
 
   
  There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. "
   
  The cat scene from psycho. What a classic, what a dramatic thriller school, a lesson that was applied in thousands of films since . the music builds up, the tension is as thick as custard and up and up and …it is just the cat jumping. Whooooooo… what a  relief. And THEN it comes.

He was a sadist. A real sadist. He manipulated us, he lied to us, he sent us on wild goose chases as he was preparing for the fatal blow. And we loved to be tortured, we loved to be tricked by his almost scientific nerve wracking talent. It was a game of cat and mouse where the mouse was paying for the popcorn.
   
 
   
  Always make the audience suffer as much as possible."
   
  Hitchcock was the epitome of the old generation thriller horror directors. He knew that the visual overload we are suffering from today is just surface deep and that our fears don’t require all that information, all the gore. On the contrary, the less we know, the more our imagination is in charge, and we will always think of worse things than what any director can come up with. Wes craven got a bit of that talent, a second generation understanding of the concept.
If you look at the plots of his movies, they are deceivingly simple. It is not a sophisticated who-done-it or a complex drama. No, they are all simple enough stories that are just a backbone to be used as a poking iron, touching the sensitive parts of our brain, making us jump, making us shout, making us want to go see every other film Hitchcock made.
   
 
   
  Who would have ever thought that one of the most terrifying scenes in the cinema lexicon would be just a simple shot of some ravens standing on laundry wires with some dramatic music in the background?
And that was exactly his talent. I cant seem to remember too many of the scenes where the birds actually attack, but that scene of the birds "out there"?
till this very day the hair on my hand stands up when I think of it.
   
 
   
  Hitch is a gentleman farmer who raises goose flesh."
- Ingrid Bergman
   
 

And shower curtains. What did shower curtain manufacturers ever do to him, I ask you? I envy the new generation who never saw psycho and can take a shower without glancing over at the curtain at least once or twice waiting for that famous 'eeek eeek" sound… lucky bastards.
Hitchcock was a fear engineer. He was a tension mastermind and a brilliant torturer. He talked to us as viewers and by doing so became our personal mentor in the art of how to enjoy a good movie, how to experience a film. Personally I love him and his life work for one simple reason - He was and will always be… Hitchcock.

   
  Self-plagiarism is style.
   
 
   
  To catch a thief http://youtu.be/K6JVaUHS0Ow
Frenzy http://youtu.be/HuoBprPGpzA
Vertigo http://youtu.be/D0bV2gh4E7Y