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By Gavin Baddeley
Horror films have long been criticised as immoral, inspiring all manner of antisocial behaviour in their impressionable audiences. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in particular was singled out as a bad influence: Banned by the British censors in the 70s, several of its sequels were caught up in the ‘video nasties’ panic of the subsequent decade. Yet surely this was unfair. For The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was actually a public information film in many respects; warning viewers of the hazards of picking up hitchhikers, while highlighting the issue of rural unemployment. In particular, the film led the way in stressing the perils of being careless with power tools.
Hitchcock is a biopic of the making of seminal horror movie, Psycho and the tale of the director Alfred Hitchcock.
Rather ironically for a film about the master of tension Hitchcock does not possess a lot of it, that however doesn’t make it bad.
The performances put in by Anthony Hopkins who was transformed into stubborn and obsessive director is a true feat. My disbelief was entirely suspended, thanks to the fantastic prosthetics and the great ability of Hopkins.
Helen Mirren who stars opposite him as his wife Alma, is also fantastic and it is her role and her on screen story I found kept my attention.
Aside from the great performances the film is littered with pleasing and amusing moments that ensure it is enjoyable and watchable. The slick 60’s style of the film feels authentic and the support cast are good too.
The ambling storyline is quite a slow burner, reflecting the story behind the film but the pace picks up in the last half an hour and it really hits its stride.
Overall Hitchcock is an easy and enjoyable watch, but the performances are where it really finds its strength.
Hitchcock is out in cinemas now.