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- Publisher: First Strike Productions (November 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 28, 2013
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- Language: English
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Hitchcock: Experiments In Terror Kindle Edition
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As usual Mr. Martell suggests movies I would not normally watch, but end up truly enjoying, one of my favorite aspects of all of his books and he makes me sound smart at parties, an added bonus.
Martell breaks down not only the better known Hitch films, but many of his that I haven't seen (and now, I must find them.) and opened my eyes on things I'd missed while watching the other films. I would focus more on technique and this book also had me focusing on story, reoccurring themes and archtypes.
There are chapters that are (as far as I can see) verbatim identical to the other book, yet the author describes these as a series.
I think it's disingenuous to claim that books that share content are a series. You can call it value for money, or an attempt to pad out the length, but if you had to buy just one, I recommend Mastering Suspense and not this one. If you can't get enough Hitchcock analysis, then you will want them all, and the overlap is just an irritation.
The title of this book leaves a lot to be desired. While the author does point out Hitchcock's experiments, or at least the ones covered in this book, the movies in question are rather short on terror, and most are not even close to horror. The author himself describes most as thrillers.
Nor does the author discuss or analyse techniques for conveying or inducing horror or terror in a movie. In contrast, Mastering Suspense does discuss techniques to generate suspense, though it could have gone deeper, at least it goes there. In contrast, this book doesn't even attempt to address the "terror" mentioned in the title.
For the reasons above, I found this volume a disappointment, though the analysis of the movies is as good as with Mastering Suspense, there seems little to explain why the movies covered were picked for this volume. Some make sense, most do not, and feel like entirely arbitrary inclusions, present simply because the author feels they are examples of experimentation. If the book had been called, Hitchcock: a history of his experiments, it might have been more accurate. Other experimental movies are skipped over, and some are picked, and it lacks focus.