If there was ever a time for you to bust gut to your local Future Shop and scoop the VHS section for the last copy of Psycho, it’s now. And, while you’re at it, why not watch every Alfred Hitchcock film still in circulation, because this new masterpiece-in-waiting starring Anthony Hopkins is sure to revive the greatest directorial career the world has ever known.
With Tony playing the comically obese Briton, Helen Mirren as his wife, and Scarlett Johansson filing in as the massively chested Janet Leigh, Fox Searchlight Pictures and whichever one of its interns has the YouTube login released the trailer for its upcoming fanboy fest, Hitchcock.
The film will explore the director’s turmoiled creation of Psycho, which to this day remains perhaps the greatest thriller of all time. That’s saying something, as any of Sir Alfred’s other titles could easily fill in appropriately. Vertigo, The Birds, or Rear Window. They’re all the top of the heap, and that heap was owned by Alfred Hitchcock.
Luckily, for anyone who’s not yet aware of his genius or why he was a genius, Hitchcock looks like it will be about more than just the one film. It looks like an intricate expose on the man that many of us knew very well – Hitchcock personally made cameos in all of his films and gave a roughly five-minute intro at the beginning of each one, too, just after the trailers – but knew very little.
There have always been rumours of his obsession with sex, as well as murder. For him, it made his directing stronger, even if it destroyed his personal relationships with everyone around him. That included his muse, Tippi Hedren, who admired but hated him at the same time.
Most people don’t live in the same world directors live in, but nobody lived in the same world as Hitchcock. Directors’ minds are clouded with visions of the weekend and picnics with their children, not how miraculous it would be to see a blonde with D cups murder in the shower.
The film should be an important one for all Hitchcock lovers, and for those who are just coming around.
The director exists as somewhat of a title now, not a person. His most famous scenes have been recreated in a variety of formats – even magazine spreads starring Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron.
But, his work has largely been left to the imagination, and to recollections from your parents.
Thankfully, Hitchcock should fully insert its title character back to the top of our theatrical priorities.