He is called the “Master of Suspense” for a reason. Sir Alfred Hitchcock is a master director, one who has never failed to spin a story that gives the viewers goosebumps. No matter how many times one watches his masterpieces, he continues to thrill and surprise. Be it a peek into the slasher genre way before the genre was even invented, or adapting books into movies seamlessly, Alfred Hitchcock always managed to make his fans happy. Even forty years after his death, his movies are considered a masterpiece.
Though Alfred Hitchcock Day has passed- it falls on 12th March every year- it is no reason to not pick up one of his classics. Let us have a look at some of his best works and where a fan like us can watch the movie.
There is absolutely no doubt that “Psycho” remains the best known and notable of Hitchcock’s works. Be it the shower scene, the surprising plot twist, and the last scene that sends chills up the viewer’s spine, “Psycho” is the thriller that almost everyone knows by heart. The movie follows Marion Crane, a woman on the run, stopping at Bates Motel. The owner of the motel, Norman Bates, is a seemingly harmless fellow in the beginning if a bit creepy ad childish. However, events soon take a dark turn and as Bates’ relationship with his mother is explored, fans get to know the horrid truth behind a rather ordinary place.
The movie is can be watched on Amazon Prime Video subscription. To get it on VOD, viewers can use Amazon Prime or Apple TV.
The Birds (1963)
This is perhaps one of the most scarring natural-horror thrillers out there. “The Birds” follows Melanie Daniels, a socialite from San Francisco who meets Mitch Brenner, a lawyer at a pet store. Series of events lead Melanie to drive to Bodega Bay to spend some time with Mitch. However, things take a horrific turn when the birds of the town- gulls, crows and even sparrows- begin to attack the civilian population. Things continue to turn badly as Birds invade the houses of people.
This film can be viewed using NOW TV or Sky Go. FOr VOD, fans can turn to Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Google Play.
North by Northwest (1959)
This one is a spy-thriller. The story is of mistaken identity and a run and chase between the movie’s protagonist and secret service who are desperately trying to catch the man. It is a ‘keep you on your toes’ movie and leaves many secrets to uncover. This movie truly showcases Hitchcock’s talent and is extremely significant in the history of movies.
It is available as Video-On-Demand from various services, including Google Play, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime Video.
A Hollywood crime drama that has a mystery within a mystery. The plot twists of “Vertigo” certainly remain one of the most remembered even today. The “Vertigo” effect is named after the dolly zoom effects used in this film for the first time. the film follows Scottie, a PI with acrophobia.
This one’s available on NOW TV and Sky go, along with on a number of VOD platforms
Rear Window (1954)
Many consider this film to be Hitchcock’s best. Rightfully so, for most of the movie takes place inside a single room. The murder mystery is fascinating and it is interesting how much can be seen from just a single place. The main character, Jeff Jefferies spots everything from his window as he is put on a wheelchair, and that itself helps him solve a murder.
“Rear Window” is best available through Video-On-Demand by services like Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
What do you get when a psychopath and a young tennis player meet on the train? A murder at hand. Farley Granger and Robert Walker play the main characters spin a tale so enticing that fans are left on their toes. The final scene is an echo of the time past and leaves many fans intrigued. Let it never be said that Hitchcock’s thriller does not fail to give you horrors, for he used the elements in hand perfectly to bring suspense in his movies.
To watch this masterpiece, fans will have to turn to the Video-On-Demand option as it is currently not on any platform.
“Notorious” is very different from Hitchcock’s other movies. While he usually worked with suspense, this movie’s main theme is that of love. It is a growing romance between a US agent and the daughter of a German War criminal while a group of Nazis need to be caught. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman play the main roles and woo many in the process.
Unfortunately, “Notorious” is only available in a DVD format that fans can purchase from Amazon.
Marriages come with disagreements and suspicions, but this one takes the prize. based on the novel “Before the Fact”, this is the only movie by Hitchcock which earned an Oscar. It is about a married couple, a young woman and a playboy and a series of events that makes the woman suspicious of her Husband. Joan Fontaine won an Oscar for the movie, and it was certainly well deserved.
This one can be watched via the BBC iPlayer.
Many may have recently heard of the newest adaptation of “Rebecca”, but Hitchcock’s is the original and master suspense. His first venture into America proved to be one of his best works. Based on the novel produced by Daphne Du Maurier, “Rebecca” is a romantic psychological thriller. The titular character was long dead by the time the story started and this is perhaps what makes this thriller so enamouring.
Again, luck strikes out as “Rebecca” is unavailable on any streaming platform. A DVD from Amazon might just be the key.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Another one of Hitchcock’s suspense set in rail. What do you when an elderly lady seemingly disappears from a train? Well, that sets up the premise of “The Lady Vanishes”. the movie is spectacular in every form it is presented and absolutely amazing. The old lady’s disappearance is not coincidental, and Iris Henderson is sure to find her trail with Gilbert Redman. As is always in Hitchcock’s case, all is not as simple as it seems.
Until 22nd March, fans can watch this movie on BBC iPlayer. Other than that, the movie is freely available on Amazon Prime Video with a subscription.
The 39 Steps (1935)
“The 39 Steps” is a classic. It is a British thriller, which follows a civilian who gets involved in the protection of the British Military and its secrets. The movie is based on a novel by John Buchan. Since its initial release, there have been many attempts to remake it, but it is extremely safe to say that nothing can beat Hitchcock’s original.
This movie is once again available on Amazon Prime Video and until 21st march, fans can also see it on BBC iPlayer.