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’78/52′ Review

Featuring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Elizabeth Allan, Judith Anderson, Desi Arnaz, Marli Renfro, Mick Garris, Guillermo del Toro | Written and Directed by Alaxandre O. Philippe

You don’t need to be a fan of Hitchcock to know the Psycho shower scene. It is woven into popular culture and for most of us we’ve seen it all our lives. 78/52 takes a look at the famous shower scene, what makes it so special, and why it is so celebrated….

The name 78/52 represents the 78 shots and 52 cuts that make up the death of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), and the reason it is used as the name for this documentary shows the importance, as well as brilliance. A scene that took 7 days to shoot, it showed an obsession, especially when the film was shot on a 30-day schedule.

In many ways it shows the importance of the scene to Alfred Hitchcock, as if he
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5 Great Film Endings In Cinema History

In my last editorial, I discussed some of cinema’s best movie introductions, stating the importance of why a movie should rope you in and keep you firmly fixed in your seat. But film endings are equally important! I cannot count how many times I have sat through what I like to call “throw away” endings, ones in which come across lazy just to tie up the feature because the filmmakers seemingly ran out of ideas after showing their best ones already. But it makes one feel good when a lot of thought has been put into a script, especially when it translates well on screen. And a big part of that is giving the audience a big pay in which they will walk away from the movie and remember it for.

Below are five film endings that I think are just a small portion of ones in which really deliver.
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Horror-on-Sea 2018 Interview: Chris Moore talks ‘Blessed are the Children’

Blessed are the Children is new thriller from co-writer and director Chris Moore, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask Chris a few questions about his inspirations for making the film, his influences and what makes Blessed are the Children stand out in the horror genre.

What can we expect from the film?

I think you can expect a slasher film that’s fun, has something to say, and characters you actually care about. It’s one of the most important things in a horror film, but a lot of people seem fine with just throwing in a gaggle of busty 20-somethings and calling it a day. I want you to actually feel something when these people are terrorized. I never want you rooting for the killers. I usually come up with a story or concept first
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"The Alfred Hitchcock Collection" Blu-ray Set From Universal

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Universal has released a highly impressive Blu-ray set, "The Alfred Hitchcock Collection", on Blu-ray. The set contains fifteen special editions of the Master's top films as well as ten original episodes of "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series. The set is packed with 15 hours of bonus extras and includes an illustrated, 58-page collector's booklet with extremely rare international poster art and film stills. Films included in the set are:

Psycho The Birds Vertigo Rear Window North by Northwest The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version) Marnie Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope The Trouble with Harry Topaz Frenzy  Torn Curtain Family Plot

 

Holiday gifts like this don't get any more impressive (or sinister) for the movie lover in your life.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Turkeys

Each year the film industry sacrifices one of its blockbusters to the movie gods, in the hope that its other releases will be spared the vicious lash of mass opprobrium. This year the designated victim was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Critics spotted Luc Besson’s space opera on the horizon, sensed weakness, singled it out from the big budget herd, and moved in for the kill, savaging it as, “a stinker”, “a travesty of storytelling” and, “one of the worst films I have ever seen”. Social media gleefully swooped on the carcass to declare it the year’s biggest Doa turkey. And all this before the public had even had a chance to see it.

Rotten Tomatoes gave Valerian a 49% rating, but looking at the site’s reviews round-up (something I do only when writing a piece like this), I’m struck now by how many
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5 of the Most Thrilling Opening Sequences Ever!

There can be little doubt that the opening sequence to any movie is possibly one of the most crucial moments in a picture. It often sets the tone for what is to come, and rarely fools the audience into thinking that they are watching a feature in particular that then suddenly changes course. There are exceptions, such as in Alfred Hitchcock‘s ‘Psycho‘ (1960) where, judging by it’s opening, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were about to watch a film about a love-struck secretary turned thief who goes on the run to be with her boyfriend, only then to run into a sharp knife while taking a shower that completely alters the course of what one is experiencing.

But the likes of the above are one in a thousand. Excitement and appeal are huge factors, and it is important to reassure us that what we paid to
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Scream Factory Announces Blu-ray Releases of New IFC Midnight Movies 78/52: Hitchcock’S Shower Scene and Welcome To Willits

There's a reason why Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, as well as a number of his films, have stood the test of time. His attention to even the most minute detail and filming shots over and over played an important part in the method to his madness. The fine folks over at Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, have announced the release of the documentary 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene on Blu-ray and DVD. But, that's not all we can look forward to this February. The two companies will also release Welcome to the Willits on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

From Scream Factory: "We are pleased to announce that we have a new IFC Midnight film planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this February! (And it is a Must-have for every fan of the film Psycho!)

78/52: Hitchcock’S Shower Scene: The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow
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‘Get Out’ Deeper and Funnier Than Most ‘Serious’ Awards Contenders

‘Get Out’ Deeper and Funnier Than Most ‘Serious’ Awards Contenders
As our mothers told us, first impressions are lasting impressions. When Universal opened “Get Out” on Feb. 24, it was marketed as a horror movie. Now that the film is available for streaming, on HBO and on awards screeners (sent out Nov. 6), some industry folk are making a startling discovery: “Get Out” is Not a horror movie.

That was a good marketing hook, but the film, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is too original to pigeonhole: It’s a little Alfred Hitchcock, a little Mike Nichols, a little Rod Serling, but not really like any of them. It’s a deadpan social satire mixed with suspense. This week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agreed to consider it as a comedy for the Golden Globes; that was a good choice, because they don’t have a Too Complex To Label category.

The film was made by Blumhouse Prods. and Jason Blum says his company has two criteria: “Is it
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75 days until Oscar nominations...

The upcoming Oscar ceremony is their 90th but guess who's having their 75th birthday this year? Oscar's bad seed step-sister The Golden Globes, that's who! We kid. We love the Globes, bad seed reference aside, in all their adorably flawed glory. What should we do to celebrate the Globes 75th birthday this year?!?

To honor their impending anniversary ceremony, here are 10 random times that the Globes were smarter than Oscar:

2010 The Social Network, Best Picture (The King's Speech won the Oscar) 2005 Brokeback Mountain, Best Picture (Crash won the Oscar) 1996-1999 Their choices for Best Supporting Actor always preferrable to Oscars!  1995 Sense & Sensibility, Best Picture (Braveheart won the Oscar) 1984 Kim Basinger was nominated for The Natural instead of Glenn Close at the Oscars for the same movie (Close is a better actress, sure, but Basinger is way better in The Natural) 1980s They recognized that Cher was a brilliant actress long
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Flickering Myth Film Class: The Audio/Visual depiction of mental breakdown

In the latest instalment of Flickering Myth’s film class, Tom Jolliffe looks at the audio and visual tools a film-maker can effectively use to portray a characters descent into madness…

In previous film classes (which I should say are merely showcases for films that excel in whatever subject springs to my mind before writing) I’ve covered a range of aspects from the technical to the aesthetic and more. However in this instalment I want to delve deeper into character, and in particular the audio and visual tools a film-maker can use in order to effectively portray a descent into madness.

It’s particularly important that these tools are used creatively when the character in question is generally quiet. When he seems inactive until that inevitable moment when he fully unravels into explosive behaviour. I’ve covered films in previous instalments (and other articles) which I could easily have focused on here.
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8 ways The Twilight Zone influenced modern TV and film

Louisa Mellor Nov 25, 2017

The Twilight Zone casts a long shadow over today’s film and TV. We salute the legacy left by Rod Serling’s seminal series…

“Damn near immortal” is how Stephen King described The Twilight Zone in his 1981 study of creepy fiction Danse Macabre, and who could argue with that. Like any decent horror monster, Rod Serling’s 1960s anthology series keeps coming back from the grave. Only last week it was announced that CBS is planning to resurrect its award-winning show once again. The new series will be the latest of several revivals over the decades, including an upcoming stage production set to enjoy its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre this December.

See related Black Mirror series 3 review Black Mirror series 3 interview: Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones How Black Mirror series 3 is eerily coming true

The Twilight Zone doesn’t just keep returning in its own right,
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78/52 review

Psycho’s shower scene is one of the most iconic scenes ever filmed. But does just one 45 second scene warrant an entire documentary?

Seventy-eight. Fifty-two. Just numbers, sure, but also the precise alchemical formula for creating the most iconic scene in cinematic history. In around 45 seconds, the legendary auteur Alfred Hitchcock used seventy-eight setups and fifty-two cuts to craft Psycho’s shower scene, an unforgettable sequence that transcended the confines of the screen into immortality. Not only are film students destined to pore over it for generations to come, trying to unlock its many secrets, but it has also shaped key areas of our shared cultural consciousness. How? As well as restyling the depiction of violence on screen for future filmmakers to come, the shower scene reimagined the representation of violence onscreen towards women, with Karyn Kusama, director of several thrillers herself, calling it the "first modern expression of the
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Video Essay. Psycho Tom

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Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960) is playing November 5 - December 5, 2017 on Mubi in the United States as part of the series Powell & Pressburger: Together and Apart.Two films forever changed the careers of friends Michael Powell and Alfred Hitchcock. They were Peeping Tom and Psycho, respectively. Both films were violent, voyeuristic stories about a serial killer. Both came out in 1960, yet one destroyed the career of one director, while the other was his crowning achievement.Psycho was a worldwide phenomenon that challenged the idea of the narrative structure of movies. It wrote a new page in film history, with its dialogue, music, and characters rising front and center in our collective consciousness. The shower scene was Hitchcock’s signature moment. At the time, it was equal in impact to the infamous Lumières film of the arriving train, causing physical distress and panic in the viewers. On the opposite side of the spectrum,
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78/52 review – misfiring documentary on Hitchcock’s Psycho

There’s too much detail, not enough thought, in this analysis of the infamous shower scene

This documentary about the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho begins with an Edgar Allan Poe quote (already a bad sign). “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world,” it begins, desperate to locate lyricism in the Master of Suspense’s enduring fascination with dead blondes. But the film simplistically explains “the female body under assault” in the horror genre as a backlash to a changing postwar world, not daring to question Hitch’s personal brand of misogyny. More pretension abounds – like Psycho, the film is shot in black and white, calling on a celebrity cast of talking heads that range from Elijah Wood to Eli Roth to vainly analyse the iconic scene. To witness the sequence broken down in forensic detail is to appreciate its economy of storytelling anew,
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Alexandre O. Philippe Exclusive Interview on 78/52; First Word on New Alien Documentary!

No matter what kind of movie fan you are – you know about the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1962). It’s iconic. Iconic enough to warrant a new documentary all about it. Enter filmmaker and documentarian, Alexandre O. Philippe.… Continue Reading →

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16 essential Halloween horror soundtracks

Sean Wilson presents a selection of spooky film scores that make for the ideal 31st October playlist…

The scariest night of the year, Halloween, is upon us once again and, in addition to all the cosplay and trick or treating, a playlist of horror hits is also essential to the big night. Horror allows film composers off the leash like few other genres do, often unleashing an onslaught of symphonic and choral mayhem guaranteed to pull a chill down the spine. This then is a curated selection of fabulously frightening horror music that you need to complete your Halloween.

Psycho (1960) – Bernard Herrmann

Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal horror practically birthed the modern-day slasher movie, throwing audiences for a loop with its terrifying dispatch of Janet Leigh in the shower. The director would later credit “33%” of Psycho‘s impact to regular collaborator Bernard Herrmann’s chilling score, one as starkly monochrome and
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Jigsaw Star Tobin Bell Reveals His 5 Favorite Horror Films

The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and even Brooklyn Nine-Nine are all getting into the Halloween spirit, but if you’re searching far and wide for a spooky movie marathon, Tobin Bell has now chimed in with his recommendations. Yes, the Tobin Bell, perhaps better known to you as Jigsaw, the twisted old serial killer who’s got a thing for playing games.

While speaking with Rotten Tomatoes to promote his latest film, which just so happens to be the Saw franchise’s newest installment, Jigsaw (our review here), the actor touched on his favorite horror movies, choosing such classics as Psycho and The Exorcist as some of the ones he really digs.

Here’s his full rundown on why he loves these flicks:

Diabolique (Les Diaboliques)

An old French film with Simone Signoret, and I think Paul Meurisse is in it. It’s the film that terrified me as child,
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Morbido, Mexico’s Top Genre Festival, Turns 10

With Roger Corman, the trailblazing “Pope of Pop Cinema” no less, as its guest of honor, the Morbido Film Fest marks its 10th anniversary with great panache.

From Oct. 26 to Nov. 5, Latin America’s premier genre film fest aims to lure the best and boldest of the genre universe. Past guests of honor have included John Landis whose direction of Michael Jackson’s iconic music video “Thriller” was feted at last year’s opening ceremony, where dancers re-enacted Jackson and his dance troupe’s much-lauded moves. The festival’s extravagant opening ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the festival, says Morbido Group CEO-founder Pablo Guisa Koestinger, who as master of ceremonies and host, goes through a variety of costume changes himself throughout the fest.

In the past nine editions, guests of honor from 29 countries included such luminaries as Joe Dante, Hideo Nakata, Elijah Wood, Richard Elfman, Takashi Murakami, Michael Nyman and Jaume Balaguero.
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Edgar Wright’s 100 Favorite Horror Movies, From ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘The Witch’

Edgar Wright’s 100 Favorite Horror Movies, From ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘The Witch’
Your ultimate Halloween horror movie binge is here. Edgar Wright has joined forces with Mubi to list his 100 favorite horror movies, and the collection is full of classics and surprising choices that range from 1922 to 2016. The director, who himself has given the genre a classic title thanks to “Shaun of the Dead,” names recent horror hits like “Raw,” “The Witch,” and “Train to Busan,” as well as classics from horror masters James Whale and Mario Bava.

Read More:Edgar Wright’s 40 Favorite Movies Ever Made (Right Now): ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Suspiria’ and More

Wright wrote an introduction to his list, in which he makes it clear this is simply a list of 100 favorite titles and not his definitive list of the best horror films ever. You can read Wright’s statement below:

Here, for Halloween, is a chronological list of my favorite horror movies. It’s not in any way
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Ten Classic Scary Movies For Halloween

I have known for years, many people will not watch black and white movies, of any kind. It has to be color and no older than 10 years, preferably movies made this year, or last year. I have had people look at me with astonishment when I tell them I not only watch black and white movies regularly but even silent movies. I’ve had people admit they didn’t know movies were being made in 1927, much less 1915.

So for this Hallowe’en, when movie geeks thoughts turn to scary movies here is my personal and eclectic list of great, old, scary movies, filmed in glorious black and white.

10. Nosferatu 1922

The Great Grand Daddy of all Dracula movies, and the template for every vampire movie ever made, the first, one of the best and still creepy, even if you’ve seen it repeatedly. A silent masterpiece by Fw Murnau and with
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