Sunday, May 13, 2012

You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Strangler

By the light of the silvery screen
The most frightening killings we've seen
It's disturbing how "cool"
Is a murder most cruel,
How delightful the villain obscene.

Laura Elliot and Robert Walker in Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. Sometimes the audience roots for the killer--and Hitchcock knows it. The title is by small, stark raving David Cairns. Please make a contribution to the National Film Preservation Foundation.


Tinky said...

Nicely done -- fun but a little creepy (which is pretty much the point, isn't it?)...

surly hack said...

Thanks, Tinky, and yes, it is. Hitch knew well how to use the shifting sympathies of the audience.