Hitchcock (2012)

ogoDirector: Sacha Gervasi

Writer: John J. McLaughlin (Screenplay) Stephen Rebello (Book)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy

 

Plot: In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth’s artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone’s misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labours on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colours Alfred’s work even as the novel’s inspiration haunts his dreams.

 

Verdict: Great Mind

 

Story: With Hitchcock arguable the greatest director Hollywood has seen with all his classic films we get to see how he broke all traditions to make the now classic ‘Psycho’. His choose went against every studio and no one wanted to touch the project. We see how he risked a large amount of money he had earned to make this picture and see how he got his inspiration for the picture.

The film only follows the difficulties Hitchcock struggled with the picture and his personally life which is very good to see instead of watching something that followed his whole career. Psycho could easily be considered his most well-known film which also helps showing how much of a fight it was to make such an iconic film. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Anthony Hopkins: Alfred Hitchcock the great director who is fresh off the back of ‘North by Northwest’ he has no inspiration for his next picture. He has offers coming in all over the place but little to no interest in making these pictures. He finds out no one is interested in a book known as Psycho so he makes this his next project. We see how he gives up his usual style to make the film as an independent picture, he has to keep up his usual high standards while battling his own personal problems. Great performance from Anthony give a performance the great man would be proud off. (10/10)

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Helen Mirren: Alma Reville Hitchcock’s wife who has been working with him and supporting him for decades. She starts becoming over friendly with a writer Whitfield but discovers that he has alternative plans. Great performance from Mirren but when doesn’t she give excellent performances? (9/10)

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Scarlett Johansson: Janet Leigh actress of choice for the leading role in the picture, she has never worked with Hitchcock but finds out he is a true gentlemen who can get the very best out of the actress. Good supporting performance that fits in perfectly with the bigger names. (8/10)

 

Danny Huston: Whitfield Cook writer who wants to have his work turned into a Hitchcock film and tries to charm Alma into working with him. Good performance as the seedy character trying to get what he wants at any means. (8/10)

 

Director Review: Sacha Gervasi – Great direction to show how a great director got his masterpiece completed. (9/10)

 

Biography: Brilliant look at how one of the greatest horror films ever was made. (10/10)

Drama: Great use of the drama storyline showing how simple things in life can be overreacted with consequences that never need to happy. (9/10)

Settings: Brilliantly recreated settings to stay with the time period in question. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is a film to be watching, it has a couple of laughs but most importantly it tells how one of the greatest films ever made was made. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Hopkins as Hitchcock is brilliant

Worst Part: I personally didn’t like the final scene with him looking for inspiration for his next film.

Funniest Scene: Trying to get a certificate for the film.

Favourite Quote: Hitchcock ‘She won’t be nude, she’ll be wearing a shower cap’

Believability: It is how Psycho was made. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for one Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hair

Box Office: $23 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: Behind every Psycho is a great woman

 

Overall: Brilliant Story About Brilliance

Rating 90

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Studio Focus – Mycho Entertainment Group

I have decided that I want to look at small independent movie production companies. I want to help spread the word of their work and see how much their work is different to the mainstream material we always end up seeing and disliking.

First up as recommend by Gary Baxter the man behind ‘Dr Death’s Cinema Surgery’ is Mycho Entertainment Group. They focus on making horror films which started with shorts before making the first feature film ‘Creepsville’ in 2010 followed up by ‘Slasher House’ in 2012. Following on from that they made ‘Legacy of Thorn’ which is a sequel to one of their short films ‘Thorn’. They also have ‘Cleaver: Rise of the Killer Clown’ due out in 2015. All of the films are directed by MJ Dixon who also initiated the company.

Creepsville

Linden and Amy’s relationship is in big trouble and after a night out they get into the wrong Taxi and their night out soon descends into a night of terror when Linden finds himself waking up in park in the middle of a very dangerous estate.

It is now a race against time to save Amy and to make matters worse Linden is being pursued by blood thirsty, mask wearing maniacs. Time is running out… and the meter is ticking.

This plays to very simple horror, showing us that we don’t need to have an over the top storyline for a horror, it shows we just need suspense.

Slasher House

When RED awakens in a prison cell within an old abandoned Madhouse, she has no idea how she got there and why she has been placed there. As her cell door opens she soon discovers that she is not alone. Trapped with the world’s most notorious serial killers she finds herself caught in a deadly game with no escape as one by one the other ‘inmates’ are released to stalk her as their own prey. RED must now battle impossible enemies as she tries to find her freedom and soon realizes that there is a bigger plan for all this than she first realized. Will this ‘Final’ girl have what it takes? Or will she see the last of her days in the endless corridors of SLASHER HOUSE!

Legacy of Thorn

Four years ago, Jess and her friends lived a nightmare that has left her almost killed by the unstoppable killer ‘Thorn’. Four years later, Jessica and the survivors make an attempt to stop him once and for all.

Each of these films puts a heroine in danger against masked killers. Now we ask the question when was the last time we had a decent masked killer stalking victims? We had the lacklustre ‘See No Evil’ and we have the non-suspenseful ‘Halloween’ & ‘Friday the 13th’ Remakes.

So I ask the horror film fans out there, would you give these films a chance? Or are you still into the overplayed found footage, false jump scares filled horrors or butchered remakes?

If you were given a chance to watch these three films would you?

I personally would watch all three, they all look like they would offer a horror experience that would be enjoyable. now let’s all get behind the indie horror films that usually offer more than the run of the mill Hollywood film.