All Hitchcock films are scavenger hunts of symbolism and macguffins, but The Birds is the Gospel of effectively using sound in horror. Bernard Hermann was hired as the composer but he didn’t write any music for the film, rather Hitchcock asked him to focus on incorporating noises and strategic silence that make the birds more menacing and the scenario more dire. Alfred Hitchcock’s films are idolized, but the director himself was a bit of a Norman Bates who had various phobias (eggs, policemen, his mother, etc.) and creepily obsessed over the blonde leads in his films, including Tippi Hedren from The Birds.
Is anyone else super excited about the upcoming horror movie Stage Fright? As a fan of campy horror with unique premises, the summary of this movie fills me with pure joy:
“… teenager Camilla Swanson, a starry-eyed kitchen hand, lands herself a role in the Broadway-bound showcase at the musical theater camp where she works, but just when rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill. The camp is being terrorized by “Metal Killer”, a masked slasher who screams death metal rock while hunting down every last pretentious cast member of the show.”
Broadway? Theater camp? Death metal? Slasher flick?
Still not sold? DID I MENTION THAT MEATLOAF IS IN THIS MOVIE?
YEP I’M IN.
Stage Fright will be released April 3rd on VOD and limited theatrical release on May 9th.
Note: Stage Fright is not a remake of the 1987 horror film with the same name.