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The Correct Order To Watch The Halloween Movie Franchise

John Carpenter’s 1978 horror film “Halloween” was famously inspired by 1960s serial killer films like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and Powell/Pressburger’s “Peeping Tom,” only filtered through a low-budget, ’70s grindhouse lens. Initially, “Halloween” was dismissed by audiences, but legend has it that Roger Ebert’s overwhelmingly positive 1979 review saved it from obscurity. This may seem like […]

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Saul Bass’s Only Credit as Director Is a Weird Horror Movie About Ants

Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve seen his work: the hypnotic, dizzying poster for Vertigo (and its iconic opening credit sequence), the vaguely horrifying original poster for The Shining, and a pretty sizable selection of household logos, from Lawry’s to the goddamn Girl Scouts. On top of that, legendary graphic designer Saul Bass […]

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Guillermo del Toro’s TCM Picks: From ‘Suspicion’ to ‘Freaks,’ Watch the Filmmaker Share Recs for October

Guillermo del Toro doesn’t hold back about his love for his favorite movies. If you’ve spent any time on his Twitter feed over the years, you’ve likely seen him praise Stanley Donen’s use of the color red throughout the late director’s body of work, and hail everything from William Wellman’s 1931 film “Other Men’s Women” […]

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The Jimmy Stewart Thriller That Completely Altered the Genre

Voyeurism and suspense: those with even a passing knowledge of Alfred Hitchcock likely associate his body of work with those descriptors. Rear Window, a dazzling jewel in his directorial crown, was influential in crystallizing both predilections years before Hitchcock turned his mind toward the nefarious violence hidden within the Bates Motel walls. Routinely cited as […]

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Alfred Hitchcock Had His Own ‘Twilight Zone’ Before Rod Serling

When you think of the godfather of horror anthology TV shows, your mind probably goes to Rod Serling for his work on The Twilight Zone, but what most people don’t know is Alfred Hitchcock played the game first with Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a series that is perfect for fans of the Master of Suspense. Each […]

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Only One Person Has Won the Best Picture Oscar Two Years in a Row

Most filmmakers can only dream of winning an Oscar, whilst other talented industry greats have notably won more than once. One American film producer and screenwriter in particular is remembered for the spectacular achievement of winning Best Picture at the Oscars for two consecutive years. David O. Selznick is remembered for producing both Victor Fleming’s […]

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Alfred Hitchcock Turned His Lowest-Budget Movie Into a Masterpiece

Seminal director Alfred Hitchcock made Psycho, widely considered one of the best films of all time, at 60 years old and on a shoestring budget. After a career already responsible for films that are the bread and butter of both scholars and students — Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo, and North by Northwest […]

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