Fantasia: 78/52 and The 12 Best Hitchcock Movie Kills
At this year’s Fantasia Fest, we got to see Alexandre O. Philippe’s brilliant documentary 78/52, which is a feature-length dissection of the iconic shower scene with Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho. Featuring interviews with Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bret Easton Ellis, Danny Elfman, Eli Roth and many others, it breaks down not only the meaning of the scene but the grueling planning that went into the seven days it took to shoot the minute-long sequence. In honor of 78/52, we thought we’d count down The 12 Best Hitchcock Movie Kills… besides the shower scene in Psycho. Check out our countdown in the gallery below! (Needless to say, BEWARE OF SPOILERS!)
This also seemed like a good time to do this list given that Hitchcock’s birthday was this past weekend on August 13, his 118th if he was alive. The director has been having several of his movies re-issued on Blu-ray, with Kino Lorber issuing a terrific new edition of Lifeboat (one of the movies on our list!) and the Criterion Collection issuing Hitchcock’s early silent serial killer masterpiece The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, as well as a new collector’s edition of Rebecca coming on September 5.
What is your favorite Hitchcock movie kill? Let us know in the comments below!