Alfred Hitchcock Day


Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, is a pioneering film director from whom some of our favorite classic horror films emanated. From The 39 Steps to Psycho, Hitchcock influenced generations of future filmmakers through innovative filmmaking techniques, thereby changing the way we view mystery and horror.

Throughout his career, Hitchcock directed more than 50 films and introduced iconic characters , film shoots, and directional conventions to the world. Being a product of a very strict childhood and demanding parents coupled with the work of German Expressionist artists, he became an expert at creating nerve-wracking suspense with twist endings and psychologically complicated characters.



Alfred Hitchcock was born in London at the beginning of the 20th century and grew up in a very strict Catholic family. He described his childhood as having been lonely and sheltered. He used his childhood experiences, such as being forced by his mother to stand at the foot of her bed as punishment, to create some of his films.

Alfred Hitchcock began as a title card designer for the British film industry before becoming an assistant director in 1925. He directed his first feature, and his career never looked back. He relocated to Hollywood by 1939, where he worked on “Rebecca,” which became one of his most-loved movies. He then continued to produce hits such as “The Birds” and “Psycho,” which enticed and scandalized audiences across the globe.

In his career that spanned over 60 years, Hitchcock directed more than 50 films, although some cannot be traced now. He also made short appearances in all 39 of his remaining films after “Rebecca.” He also produced and hosted a mystery anthology series called “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” between 1955 and 1965. The show's credits open with a display of his famously plumb silhouette drawn by himself, and each episode presents a new thriller or mystery story. 

Having remained active throughout his life, he was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 with a star for TV and one for a film. He is also largely considered the most influential director of all time, and in 1979 he was knighted shortly before he died in Los Angeles in his sleep.

It remains a mystery how March 12 became National Alfred Hitchcock Day since he was born in August, which is a fitting tribute to the Master of Suspense himself.


1. More is more
According to Hitchcock, giving more information to the viewer would create suspense by showing the viewer the dangers that the characters themselves were not aware of, keeping the viewer at the edge of his seat as the character bums into trouble.

2. Ready for my close-up
Hitchcock was the pioneer of close-ups cut together used to tell a story which gives the director more control of what they give to the viewer and when.

3. Contrasting situations
To create suspense and distract the viewers, Hitchcock always told his stories in parallel, serving as a foil for the real drama.

4.  Natural camera work
Hitchcock had a background in silent film; hence he understood the use of close-ups, zoom, and panning for visual storytelling, which evoked a sense of a person looking around the room.

5. The MacGuffinMacGuffin is a name of an item in a film that drives the plot and motivates the characters, although it isn’t significant. Hitchcock popularized it.


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