The best of Hitchcock: 5 classic moments from the Master of Suspense

April 29, 2015, Article by Beau Merchant in Culture, Film & TV

On this day in 1980, Alfred Hitchcock passed away at his Bel Air home.

Hitchcock is considered one of the greatest filmmakers ever and rightly so. His impressive and (almost) flawless body of work still has the power to grip, shock and dazzle and he has been an inspiration to most directors working today.

No director since has been able to match Hitchcock in the ability to frame and shoot a scene with the creeping menace and unnerving tension he was able to. Hitch was a true master of the art.

To celebrate the work of the ‘Master of Suspense’, we have chosen 5 classic scenes which had us in awe. (CONTAINS SPOILERS)


The playground scene – THE BIRDS (1963)

Classic Hitchcock. The calm before the storm. The build up, the haunting singing of the school kids and the moment of realisation at 1.24. Perfect.


The shower scene – PSYCHO (1960)

Probably the most iconic of all Hitchcock’s scenes. Audience members were fainting in the cinema at the shock of the film’s main star being killed off half way through.


Caught out scene – REAR WINDOW (1954)

If you spend your days snooping on your neighbour, don’t get caught. Spine-tingling.


The bus stop scene – NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

The crop duster sequence is the moment most remember from the film, but it’s the scene just before where Carey Grant is alone by the side of the road in a vast empty desert that leaves the lasting impression. Creepy.


The opening scene – STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)

The playful opening to this story of murder and suspense may of lead audiences into a false sense of security, but it’s pure Hitchcock genius at work as the strangers of the title meet for the first time.

Those are our choices, but what would you have chosen? Let us know @stareatbooks