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Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann form a classic pairing of director and composer, ranking among the very best of them, if not the best. Herrmann has been responsible for an abundance of memorable film scores, but “Psycho” is far and away his most popular work. Hitchcock himself has even admitted that the success of “Psycho” is largely thanks to Herrmann’s score. The score and the film go hand-in-hand. You simply can’t have one without the other. Who would ever dare try to pry them apart? Sean Blevins of House By The Video Store has endeavoured to as a part of his “Soundtrack Swap,” by taking the score to one of the most highly acclaimed horror films in recent memory, “It Follows,” and splicing parts of it into scenes of Hitchcock’s film. Vice versa, he utilized Herrmann’s score during a couple of scenes of “It Follows.” Does the experiment work? »
- Ken Guidry
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
I'm generally not a fan of movie mashup videos, but this one's interesting: a score swap between Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and David Robert Mitchell's 2015 box-office sleeper "It Follows." I found the "Psycho" portion the most successful, with Disasterpeace's pummeling, synth-driven scare theme transforming the film's famous shower scene into something altogether more gut-churning. It's a fascinating experiment that demonstrates how different music can completely change the feel of a classic film -- all the more apparent in this case, with Bernard Herrmann's screeching strings being arguably the most crucial element of Hitchcock's most endlessly-analyzed scene. [House by the Video Store via Consequence of Sound] (The shower scene portion comes about 3:00 in.) »
- Chris Eggertsen
“My wife had the [live stream] up, and I was like, ‘Ugh. This is too much suspense. Just tell me if I got one or not. I can’t deal with watching this,’ the actor recounts to TVLine. “So I made some scrambled eggs and coffee and then suddenly I heard her let out this joyful scream: ‘You got it!'”
PhotosEmmy Nominations 2015: The TVLine Staff Picks Our Favorite Nods
Alfred Hitchcock shocked audiences in 1960 with his black and white classic Psycho when he decided to kill of leading lady Janet Leigh in the first 45 minutes. Her death scene was considered brutal and almost pornographic in the standards of that day, but Hitchcock didn’t care. He wanted to scare and take you by surprise. Since then, many films have successfully utilized this technique of opening their films with murder and here some that had me hooked.
Definitely one of the most famous scenes in horror story, the original 1978 classic opens with a Pov scene of a mysterious voyeur. We watch through his eyes as two teenagers make out while he grabs a huge knife and mask, waits for the boyfriend to leave and makes his way upstairs. He finds the girl in just her underwear, combing her hair unaware that she’s about to be stabbed to death. »
- Jovy Skol
Written by Tom Wood
What, who, why or even how did your fascination with Horror begin? I will give you a minute to think whilst I set the scene. The other day, I was driving my car to work; A journey that has been done a thousand times before and as a result, it has become so tedious; so pathetically boring; I could probably do it with my eyes closed and without thinking (not that I will of course, that would just be plain dangerous on so many levels); But my point is, whilst I was driving, a question, not just any old question, but that question popped and buried itself deep into the back of my head. A simple question of What made me interested in Horror? Had evolved and mutated like a diseased zombie into further questioning and so forth, that in the end, a whole »
Vera Farmiga‘s dynamic performance as unstable single mom Norma Bates in A&E original series “Bates Motel” demands attention as an Emmy contender for best actress in a drama — perhaps even more so now than when she was first nominated for the role in 2013. Over three seasons, Farmiga has portrayed Norma’s emotional unraveling as her serial-killer son Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) slowly evolves into the character so familiar to fans of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 horror classic “Psycho.” Norma scrapes and claws — often literally — to save her son from murder charges, drug dealers and his own spiraling mental health, »
- Kathy Zerbib
Good news, Bates Motel fans – the show has just been extended for two more seasons. This move will bring us to five seasons, with a few news sites already jumping to the conclusion that season 5 will be the show’s last.
Indeed, perhaps the intention of this double season order is for the writing team to map out a two-year endgame. That’s not been confirmed by any official sources, though. Many expect that the show will start linking up with the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at some point soon, but only time will tell on that one.
Anyone who follows American network TV news won’t find this information as a huge surprise. Although the ratings for Bates Motel have gradually decreased, the show has fared »
Besides making people forever afraid of motel-room showers, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" continues to have an incalculable impact on popular culture. Though it was released 55 years ago this week (on June 16, 1960), it continues to inspire filmmakers and TV producers. In just the last three years, we've seen the 2012 film "Hitchcock" (based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,'" and starring Anthony Hopkins as the director and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh) and the ongoing A&E TV prequel drama series, "Bates Motel."
Still, for all of the "Psycho" trivia revealed in "Hitchcock," the biopic barely scratches the surface of how the film got made, from the men who inspired the invention of Norman Bates, to the trickery Hitchcock used to tease the press while keeping the film's convention-shredding narrative twists a secret, to the film's unlikely connection to "Leave It to Beaver." Here, »
- Gary Susman
Our stay at the Bates Motel has just been extended for two more seasons, so remember to close the curtains when you take a shower! A&E made a bold move today in renewing the series through Season 5, which though not explicitly stated as being the show’s last, is fairly likely. A&E has tried (and failed) to launch other dark dramas like the almost immediately cancelled Those Who Kill, and the one-season wonder The Returned. And while Bates Motel has been operating at a ratings loss since its premiere, the network seems confident in creator and producer Carlton Cuse, and his vision for the series. [caption id="attachment_445719" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via A&E[/caption] Bates Motel has somehow, wonderfully, found a way to really draw out the tension of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) turning into the killer Norman we know from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. (For example, hardly anything of real consequence happened »
- Allison Keene
If Summer movie blockbusters aren't your bag, Turner Classic Movies has a special lineup of eight film classics this season— and through the end of the year. Each TCM Presents screening will include a specially produced introduction and post film recap from TCM hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, who will take audiences behind the scenes of these iconic titles, showcasing exclusive interviews, historical retrospectives and insights into the making of these inimitable classics. The series unfolds as follows. More information on times and locations via TCM's website here. "Jaws" 40th Anniversary Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24 "Double Indemnity" Sunday, July 19 and Monday, July 20 "Grease" Sing-a-Long Sunday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 19 Read More: TCM Film Fest: How 'Sound of Music' and '1776' Were Restored for Their Big Screen Returns Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" Sunday, September 20 and Wednesday, September »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Prepare to get your nostalgia on. Eight films, including “Psycho” and a “Grease” sing-a-long, are returning to theaters later this year as part of the “TCM Presents” series, a partnership between Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies with several major studios.
“Double Indemnity,” “Roman Holiday,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and a double feature of the English and Spanish-language versions of “Dracula” join the previously announced “Jaws” to round out the schedule of classics.
“The series allows us to bring fans another opportunity to engage with classic movies on the big screen from a variety of studios and eras in a way that aligns with our network’s mission to show films the way they were meant to be seen,” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of Turner Classic Movies.
The trend to re-release classic films is consistent with Fox’s plans to stage a live broadcast of “Grease” in 2016 and A »
- Seth Kelley
Writer – Alan Moore
Art – Jacen Burrows
Colors – Juan Rodriguez
Letters – Kurt Hathaway
Publisher – Avatar Press
On its surface, the story of Providence is the story of two genre fiction visionaries who in practice couldn’t be more dissimilar. One died a good decade-plus before the other was born. One wrote mostly prose fiction and probably would have despised the funny books that are the other’s stock-in-trade. One deals mostly in existential dread while the other routinely deals in sex, love, heartbreak, death, and all the messy bits of individual human existence. But Providence aims to find some middle ground between the two.
It’s appropriate that Providence, the long-awaited Lovecraft deconstruction comic miniseries, should come this year, the 125th anniversary of Lovecraft’s birth. No matter what Lovecraft’s place among the pantheon of great horror-fantasy writers might be, it’s a matter of course that modern critical »
- Luke Dorian Blackwood
Kent Jones' new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and sounds like it's a film for the ages, serving more-or-less as a movie for those of us (yes, I shamefully include myself in this) that haven't yet read "Hitchcock", the book that transcribes the famous 1962 sit down interview between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. In fact, if you don't want to read it you can even listen to the entire interview session in its entirety right here or you can sit and wait until the Cohen Media Group releases the new documentary in theaters later this year. amz asin="0671604295" size="small"Featuring interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin (who just won during the Cannes Directors' Fortnight), Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader, this film sets out to take us into the world of the creator of Psycho, »
- Brad Brevet
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones has found time to direct Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about the conversation 50 years ago between the then 30-year-old François Truffaut and 63-year-old Alfred Hitchcock that would become a landmark book. David Fincher, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Olivier Assayas and Arnaud Desplechin discuss the impact of the book and Hitchcock's films—and the first round of reviews is in. So, too, are the interviews with Jones. While is own favorite Hitchcock is Notorious, the film focuses on Vertigo and Psycho. » - David Hudson »
Pamela Anderson has stripped off for PETA.
The 47-year-old actress appears naked in their latest campaign – inspired by the 1960 horror film ‘Psycho’ – to draw attention to the amount of water wasted in the production of meat.
The images show the blonde beauty cowering in the shower, recreating the iconic moment Anthony Perkins’ character Normal Bates stabs Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane in the Alfred Hithcock-directed picture.
The advert which features the tagline, “Make a splash for the environment – try vegan”, aims to encourage people to banish meat from their diet as the industry is the number one cause of water depletion across the globe.
Long-time vegan Pamela explained: “Rivers are siphoned off, not just for the animals but also for crops grown to feed animals on factory farms.
“Producing one pound of beef uses as much water as about six months of showers.”
The spoof images were shot by renowned photographer David Lachapelle. »
- The Hollywood News
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