Most audiences like their thrills fast and simple; hence the horror film. But there are subtler ways to get the creeps; hence the suspense film. In 53 features over 51 years, Alfred Hitchcock imprinted himself so indelibly on that genre that he was known as the Master of Suspense, influencing scare artists on three continents. In the films below, the accents are unique but the frissons are similar. Fear, after all, is a universal language.
THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION
Hitchcockian: that adjective instantly conjures dark ballads sung with a puckish lilt. The darkness--the evil that befalls beautiful people--infuses the best...