The Best Hitchcock Movies (That Hitchcock Never Made)

Sir Alfred Hitchcock was truly one of a kind, a director/producer/ showman. When you sat down to enjoy Hitchcock’s movies and his TV anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, you knew what delights lay in store:
  • Spine-tingling suspense
  • Sly, puckish humor
  • Memorable characters you couldn’t resist, whether they were everyday folks finding themselves in scary situations (like being framed for murders they didn’t commit), or complicated villains who could often be more suave and sympathetic than the good guys—with beautiful heroines, often cool blondes who turned out to be smoldering and passionate inside.
  • Equally memorable locations from all over the world
  • Characters who had, shall we say, parental issues (and we don’t just mean Norman Bates!)
And boy, did fellow filmmakers do their darndest to hop on the Hitchcock bandwagon! How many times have you watched a movie that was clearly saluting the man known as “The Master of Suspense”? Filmmakers from Brian DePalma to D.J. Caruso and so many more have aimed for a Hitchcockian feel in their thrillers—and goshdarnit, some of them actually did an amazingly good job of bowing to The Master! So this summer, from July 7th through July 12th, we’re celebrating filmmakers who love Hitchcock and more specifically, the upcoming 84th birthday of one of our favorite character actress/producers, Patricia Hitchcock, who graced her dad’s films in Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, and Psycho, as well as many episodes of TV’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

And so a new Blogathon is born:

The Best Hitchcock Movies (That Hitchcock Never Made)
July 7th to July 13th, 2012

This wouldn’t be strictly a CMBA blogathon, but simply a fun, casual blogathon open to all who love Hitchcockian (as opposed to just Hitchcock) movies, and wish to participate.
Again, the idea is to not review Alfred's own films, but those that have a Hitchcockian feeling and Hitchcockian elements in them.  For example, North by Northwest shares a lot of themes with The Prize (1963), Psycho surely inspired DePalma's Dressed to Kill (1980) not to mention more than a couple more. A film doesn't have to be based on or inspired by any particular AH film, either: Charade (1963) and Arabesque (1966) certainly have the freewheeling terror that a great Hitchcock film does. 

Well, you get the idea! And that’s where we come in as your genial hostesses and pals:
Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci, a.k.a. DorianTB of Tales of the Easily Distracted
Rebecca Barnes, a.k.a. Becky of ClassicBecky’s Brain Food

While we won't keep people from doing the same films, we will let everyone know what films have been "taken" on this page, so you can keep track. 

If you have any questions of suggestions, we’re all ears! Looking forward to enjoying The Best Hitchcock Movies (That Hitchcock Never Made) in this fun-filled, sun-filled summer!

The Guilty Parties




Saturday, July 7
Kim Wilson1001 MoviesSe7ven
LeticiaCritica RetroConfidentially Yours
Micahel WolffExaminer.comPerfect Blue
Kristen Journeys in Classic FilmMatch Point
Dorian Tenore-BartilucciTales of the Easily DistractedDiabolique
Sunday, July 8
LaraBacklotsSpiral Staircase
Dave the Movie GuyDave’s Classic FilmsAbandon Ship
Sean Gallagher The Joy and Agony of MoviesThe Prestige
Michael ScribeHard on FilmThe Usual Suspects
Ruth Silver ScreeningsToo Late for Tears
Jill Sittin’ On A Backyard FenceCharade
Ivan LernerUnited Provinces of Ivanlandia Jaws
Monday, July 9
MarshaA Person in the DarkLeave Her To Heaven
Paddy Caftan WomanExperiment in Terror
Lesley FilmBiographer's BlogApartment Zero
Rachel The Girl With the White ParasolThe Collector
PattyThe Lady Eve's Reel LifeMatch Point
Karen Shadows & SatinSudden Fear
Tuesday, July 10
MontyAll Good ThingsBunny Lake is Missing
Aurora Citizen ScreenPlay Misty for Me
Karin Distant Voices, Flickering ShadowsThe White Angel
Caroline Garbo LaughsA Kiss Before Dying
Yvette In So Many WordsAbove Suspicion
MonicaReel SnobDiabolique
Kristina SpeakeasyWitness for the Prosecution
Brandie True ClassicsSorry, Wrong Number
Wednesday, July 11
Becky Classic Becky’s Brain FoodGaslight
Joey The last Drive-InRoad Games + Karloff's Thriller episode The Storm (Double-Feature!)
DukePicture SpoilersThe Manchurian Candidate
Dan AuilerVertigofallsWait Until Dark
PageMy Love of Old HollywoodThe Ghost Writer
Stacia She Blogged By NightThe Lodger (1944 version)
Jeff The Stalking MoonMirage
Thursday, July 12
MattClassic Cinema Reviews for KidsNight Train to Munich
Alexandra I Started Late and Forgot the DogFinal Analysis
Joel Hitchcock GeekWait Until Dark
Tracy Random RamblingsMidnight Lace
Rich Watson Wide Screen WorldDo You Like Hitchcock?
CarrieTrue ClassicsHigh Anxiety
Rachel MacGuffin MoviesTell No One
Ivan Thrilling Days of YesteryearCape Fear
Friday, July 13
Rick and SarkClassic Film and TV CaféBody Double
JimJim Lane’s CinedromeState Secret
a/k/a The Great Manhunt
DawnNoir and Chick FlicksFoul Play
John Greco24 Frames Dressed to Kill
Vinnie BartilucciThe Forty-Year-Old FanboyThe Spanish Prisoner
Christian Silver Screen ModisteThe Stranger
Clara Via Margutta 51Charade