Vera Miles

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Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock has many connections to this week. First of all, this past Tuesday was “National Alfred Hitchcock Day,” during which cinema fans revisit the master’s masterworks. Also, the biopic Hitchcock released on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this week. Easily the most famous and most recognizable Hitchcock film was the 1960 thriller Psycho, which helped revitalize his career and changed the face of horror movies in general. Considering that Hitchcock tells the story behind Psycho, and it’s based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” (whose author, Stephen Rebello, performs the commentary here), it seems fitting to look at this classic thriller. Rebello’s commentary is available on the 2010 Blu-ray and subsequent DVD releases.

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31 Days of Horror - October 2011

They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge, so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy! Synopsis: A tough, young co-ed named Kelly (Daphne Zuniga in her first film role) is juggling the final week of joining the Delta Ro Kai sorority, parents (Vera Miles and Clu Gulager!) who treat her like a child, a new psychologist boyfriend and, as we’ve all experienced, terrifying nightmares that seem to point toward the nine years of memories she can’t recover. We all dream about a man boning our mom, then fighting a stranger who gets lit on fire, right? Right, everyone? Raise your hands. So poor Kelly is trying to solve the riddle of her childhood while, hundreds of miles away, a mental patient with burn scars escapes, and now people in Kelly’s life are ending up with hand rakes shoved into their throats. All of it comes to a head in an empty mall as the pledges conduct an overnight prank to ensure their membership. Too bad their desire to be accepted by people who judge them for being a pound overweight puts them in a locked building with a murderer. Let’s just hope there’s a crazy twist!

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John Ford did Westerns the way Michael Bay does explosions. With a remarkable amount of power and skill. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance unites John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Vera Miles and Lee Marvin all under the directing prowess of the master, and the result is a hell of a ride through a dry gulch with one bullet left in the chamber. Is it a fantastic movie? Yes. But it’s also notable for being the first time that John Wayne ever calls someone “Pilgrim,” on screen, and that’s reason enough to celebrate right there.

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