13 Aug

Alfred Hitchcock

Okay boys and ghouls, today we're celebrating the birthday of the master of suspense, and a cinematic icon, Alfred Hitchcock.


"I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks."

Film director Alfred Hitchcock has a rather extensive list of great cinematic masterpieces under his belt, including The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and of course, Psycho. He is also known for his signature cameos in his films, usually walking across the screen as an extra. But what's really interesting about the famous director was his twisted side which the public was not aware of.


"I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it."

Alfred Hitchcock was a genius, and by all accounts it was amazing to work with him, except for the part about him being a twisted prankster and torturing actresses. Wait, what? Yes, Hitchcock once hung a freshly killed and plucked chicken above the dresser of Kim Novak on the set of Vertigo then creepily waited in her dressing room for her to find it so he could laugh manically. Or how about the time he tied a bird to actress Tippi Hedren on the set of The Birds. That's right, he ordered a frickin' bird be tied to a human being, where it scratched, crapped, and pecked the hell out of her, almost taking an eye.


"How can I REALLY mess with this bitch?"

So he abused actors a little bit. Who cares it not like he grossed people out with this lack of a belly button. Wait, what? Yes, Alfred Hitchcock did not have a belly button because it had been sewn up after an abdominal surgery, and he frequently flashed his smooth gut to frighten friends. So he was Kyle X-Y, big deal, right? Well, he also hosted "blue dye" parties where he served blue steak, blue peas and blue mashed potatoes, all washed down with blue martinis. Why? Because it amused Hitchcock to watch the color of the food nauseate his guests.


" Revenge is sweet and not fattening"

So Hitchcock was a prankster with a cruel sense of humor, but he still managed to make some of the most memorable films in the history of cinema, that seems like a fair price to pay, Right? Oh, yeah, he was also a cross-dresser. Wait, what? Yup ,he liked to dress in women's clothing, and supposedly may have appeared in one of his films dressed in drag. Around the forty-four minute mark  in North by Northwest, There is a fat woman in a turquoise dress and white hat who appears in a sequence set aboard a train. Is it Hitchcock? There's no proof, but you can judge for yourself.

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