Beyond the shadow of a doubt, Alfred Hitchcock is the most imitated director in the history of show business. As someone once said "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." With Mr. Hitchcock no longer with us, this 'imitation' of his mastery quite often entertains us in the spirit of his work. You will find the more recent "flatterizations" in stores or on the Internet, but we offer interesting, rare out of print, hard to find gems here. US shipping $1 first class. International us$3. Where indicated, these movies are sold collector to collector. The Seller owns no rights to these properties and no rights are transferred or implied.
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enowned as the author of the scandalous best-selling book Hollywood Babylon, Kenneth Anger
is a legend in his own time. The mythology that has grown around him has many sources, from his involvement with the occult, astrology and the pop world of Jagger, Marianne Faithful and Jimmy Page, to the announcement of his own death in the pages of the Village Voice, and the destruction, loss, and banning of his films. At the heart of all this mythology is a filmmaker of prodigious talent, whose skill and imagination create films of great visual force, influencing filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch
and RW Fassbinder
Arabesque Produced & Directed by Stanley Donen. Starring Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren. Music by Henry Mancini. Based on the Novel "The Cipher" by Gordon Cotler. Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren star in this high-speed, high-class tale of Middle Eastern intrigue set in London. Produced and directed by Stanley Donen, the breezy, romantic thriller casts Peck as an Oxford professor of languages hired by a mysterious Arab oil magnate to decipher a secret message.
When Peck unravels its real meaning and befriends Sophia Loren, the magnate's exotic but unpredictable companion, the chase is on. Filled with the stylish music of Henry Mancini, Arabesque is the rollicking adventure of a lifetime for every armchair globetrotter! 1966. Excellent. color. 105 minutes. Not Rated. Out of Print.
Directed by Mark Pellington
. Starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins
. "Your Paranoia is real!" A gripping contemporary thriller about the terrible truths that can hide behind everyday appearances, Arlington Road is an intense, edge-of-your-seat journey that reveals just how little we know about the world around us... Widowed when his FBI agent wife is killed by a right-wing group, college professor Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges) becomes obsessed with the culture of these groups - especially when his new neighbors, the all-American Oliver and Cheryl Lang (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack), start acting suspiciously. With each twist the mystery deepens and the question looms - is Faraday just consumed by fear and driven by paranoia, or has a lethal conspiracy been born on Arlington Road? Written by Ehren Kruger. "No one will be exhaling during the last twenty minutes of this movie." - Joel Siegel. 1998
. Excellent. color
. 117 minutes. Rated R. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet
Breathless (1960) Written and Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. From a treatment by Francois Truffaut. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Liliane David, Daniel Boulanger. Featuring Jean-Pierre Melvillee, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut. "A playful car thief (Belmondo) accidentally shoots a pursuing policeman. He hides out in Paris with a hip American girl (Seberg), trying to hustle enough cash for a getaway. Hoping to get him out of her apartment, she betrays him to the law, but he refuses to flee, facing his fate with an absurd stoicism modeled on his hero, Humphrey Bogart. An instant yet enduring classic, Breathless explored the world of cinema like no other first feature had since Citizen Kane, and movies have never been the same since Godard created a modern style of making films: self-conscious, dynamic and fresh. His anti-heroes and their cool eroticism provided characters and opportunities new to the screen, making Belmondo a star.
In Breathless Godard takes the genre of the witty chase thriller and obliterates it, creating a model for the decades of truly personal cinema to follow. While his own restless experimentation only began with Breathless, it remains the first inspiration of a feverishly inventive body of work through Pierrot Le Fou and Weekend to First Name: Carmen." "The most realistic director of all time, the analytical conscience of modern cinema... Today Breathless is acknowledged as not only the most important of the New Wave film but also the most passionate." - The Village Voice. "Masterpiece." - The New Yorker. B&W. 90 minutes. 1960. Not Rated. French with English subtitles. Out of Print.
The Bedroom Window Directed by Curtis Hanson. Stars Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth bedroomMcGovern, Isabelle Huppert. "A Hitchcock-styled thriller that should lure fans... Guttenberg is outstanding..." - The Hollywood Reporter. Look out The Bedroom Window - on a startling world of suspense, mystery and intrigue. Screen sensation Steve Guttenberg (Short Circuit, Cocoon), Academy Award-nominee Elizabeth McGovern (Ragtime, Ordinary People) and sizzling French beauty Isabelle Huppert (Entre Nous) star in a spine-tingling thriller in the tradition of the great masters of suspense - from the classic Rear Window to the modern Jagged Edge.
It all happened outside Terry Lambert's Bedroom Window - an attempted murder with only one witness - Sylvia, Terry's illicit lover and his boss' wife! She's the key to the crime, but Terry covers up the affair by telling police that he was the sole witness that night. Once in court, a shrewd prosecuting attorney rips Terry's story to shreds. The attacker is freed. Sylvia remains unwilling to come forward, and the authorities have found a new suspect to focus on - Terry himself. Now, Terry is frantic to clear his name the only way he can... by trapping the killer himself! color. 113 minutes. 1986 De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. Rated R. Out of Print.
Breathless (1983) Directed by Jim McBride. Starring Richard Gere, Valerie Kaprisky. "Sometimes a thief can steal your heart. Richard Gere gives "a breakthrough performance" (Time Magazine) as a rockin' 'n' rollin', hustlin' and bustlin' crook in a film about chasing after your dreams no matter how high the stakes. Jesse Lujack (Gere) is a smalltime car thief who loves livin', Jerry Lee Lewis and his Silver Surfer comic books. But most of all, Jesse loves Monica (Valerie Kaprisky), the sexy French architecture student he just met in Vegas. Determined to provide her with the good life, Jesse uses all his rockabilly charm to convince the resistant Monica to drop everything and join him on a trip to sunny Mexico. In a fire-red Caddy with the top down and the woman he loves finally at his side, Jesse feels on top of the world. But no matter how much rubber he burns, there's something that Jesse just can't outrun. As he races faster and faster away from his past and toward his dreams, Jesse must keep everything that's important to him - especially Monica - close by his side... or risk losing them, forever!" color. 120 minutes. 1983. Rated R. Out of Print. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet.
The Bride Wore Black Directed by Francois Truffaut. Starring Jeanne Moreau and Claude Rich. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich (aka William Irish). Julie Kohler (Jeanne Moreau) leaves her hometown in a quest to avenge her husband's death. Bent on revenge and fueled with murderous intent, she tracks down five men she believes to have played a role in her husbands demise. Utilizing a series of disguises, the cool-customer Moreau tracks down all five culprits, sexually enslaves them, and then engineers their deaths. The question is, does she have the right men? Francois Truffaut's homage to the suspenseful mystery films of Alfred Hitchcock. Great character performances from Jean-Claude Brialy and Michel Bouquet. French with English subtitles. 1968. 107 minutes. color. Not rated. Out of Print.
Charade Directed by Stanley Donen. Perhaps the most Hitchcockian of all! Starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Music by Henry Mancini (Academy Award nomination for Best Song, "Charade"). Romance ignites in beautiful Paris when Cary Grant, a handsome, mysterious stranger, comes to the rescue of Audrey Hepburn, a beautiful widow. The nefarious truth about Hepburn's recently murdered husband unfolds when she and Grant embark on a chaotic race against a gang of sinister crooks who want their share of her husband's hidden, and very valuable, estate. But, one by one, each gang member is murdered, making it more difficult for Hepburn to distinguish the good guys from the bad ones. Filmed in Paris. Great supporting cast includes James Coburn, George Kennedy, Ned Glass and Walter Matthau. 1963. 114 minutes. color. Not rated. Out of Print. Excellent. DVD $14.99 US shipping $1 first class. International us$3. This movie is traded collector to collector. This movie is in the public domain.
Directed by Richard Fleischer
. Starring Orson Welles, Bradford Dillman, Dean Stockwell
. Compulsion vividly recreates Chicago in the 1920s, where two wealthy psychopaths carry out a thrill killing. Fleischer draws extraordinary performances from his young leads. Bradford Dillman is dominating and dynamic as the frightening but magnetic Straus. Even more striking is Dean Stockwell; he is completely believable as the icily brilliant but withdrawn Steiner, subtly conveying initial vulnerability and growing strength. Fleischer aids both actors with his staging -- flowing tracking shots to compliment Dillman's feverish movement; and subtle off-kilter camera set-ups to show the unbalanced Stockwell at home among his stuffed birds. In spite of the brilliance of the two killers, they leavehitchc2 some clues, enough for district attorney Horn (E.G. Marshall
) to bring them to justice. Despite their obvious guilt, lawyer Jonathan Wilk (Orson Welles) takes on the case in order to save them from death row. Fleischer obtains a bravura performance from Welles, in one of his rare outstanding performances under a director other than himself.
Compulsion, released in 1959, is one of three movies based on the Leopold-Loeb case -- the others are Rope (1948) and Swoon (1992). While Fleischer doesn't appear to have taken anything from Alfred Hitchcock's Rope there are interesting similarities between Hitchcock's Psycho and Fleischer's Compulsion, which was released a year earlier: black-and-white imagery; Stockwell's edgy intensity, which rivals that of Perkins; and an obsession with stuffed birds. The Cannes Film Festival presented its Best Actor award to all three leading men: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman. The film was pulled from distribution soon after its release because Nathan Leopold, who was paroled in 1958, filed a $1.5 million invasion of privacy suit against the author, his publishers, and the producers of the film. Finally, in 1968, the courts ruled against Leopold, claiming that the case was in the public domain and that the film was once again available for distribution. Orson Welles' climactic 15 minute speech, which needed 3 cameras and 7,000 feet of film to capture, was so popular that an audio version was released on LP. 1959. 105 minutes. Black & White. Not Rated. Out of Print.
Directed by Francois Truffaut
. "Truffaut's Delightful tribute to Hitchcock
." Starring Fanny Ardant, Jean-Louis Trintignant
and Philippe Laudenbach
. In this light, sometimes tongue-in-cheek mystery based on a Charles Williams thriller - with snippets of Hitchcock - director Francois Truffaut showcases one of his favorite actresses, Fanny Ardant, as an enterprising secretary, in love with her boss but up against clearing him of murder. Julien Vercel (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a real estate dealer accused of killing his wife and her lover. He hides in his office while his secretary Barbara (Ardant) sets out to discover what really happened and why. When Barbara starts looking into the dark past of her boss's wife, she comes across illicit love affairs, a prostitution ring, and shady private detectives, until finally, her suspicions turn toward Julien's lawyer himself. French with English subtitles. Tragically, this was to be Truffaut's last film. The great French director died of a cancerous brain tumor in 1984. 1983
. 110 minutes. Black & White. Recorded in Stereo. Rated PG
. Out of Print.
Crimson... The Color of Terror
A film by Jean Fortuny
. Starring Paul Nash, Sylvia Solacrimsonr, Oliver Matthews, Evelyn Palmer, Richard Anderson, Yul Sanders
. "Gangster Jack Surnett is shot in the head by police in a gun battle. When a surgeon declares that only a brain transplant can save Surnett, the criminal's men go in search of another gangster who is biologically similar. The victim is found and executed, and finally his severed head is grafted to Surnett's body. But the operation is hardly a success... Surnett becomes a murdering maniac, sowing terror as he stains the countryside Crimson." 90 minutes. color
. Not rated. Out of Print.
Dark Sanity Starring Aldo Ray, Kory Clark, Chuck Jamison. It is hard enough at the best of times to separate illusion from reality but for Karen Nicholls, a young housewife recovering from alcoholism, her horrific visions of decapitation create a living nightmare. Supported by her husband, she leaves the hospital and together they start afresh in a new and larger house, and all seems well and settled at last.
But... The visions return more frequently and even more alarmingly and when a neighbor tells her that a murder was committed in the house her paranoia gets out of control. She imagines she is being spied on and becomes suspicious of her gardener - and her husband believes that alcohol has claimed here again. But Karen is convinced that these incidents are reality - but are these reflections of the past, part of the present or premonitions of the future? 1981 Marquis Films (Canada). color. Not rated. Out of Print.
Directed by Phillip Noyce
. A Kennedy Miller
production. Screenplay by Terry Hayes
, based on the novel by Charles Williams
. Starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane
. "Spine-tingling. A top-notch thriller in the Hitchcock
tradition." - Neil Rosen, WNCN-Radio / New York. Take an ocean voyage of full-masted fright with Dead Calm, "a spare, smart, seductive piece of moviemaking with enough tension to keep us all hyperventilating for hours." - Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times. Thriller specialist Phillip Noyce directs three splendid actors in riveting performances. Joe and Rae Ingram (Neill and Kidman) do the right thing and rescue the half-delirious sole survivor (Zane) of a crippled schooner. But soon the stranger will plunge the unwary pair into an intense battle of cat and mouse. and life or death. 1988
. 96 minutes, stereo. Rated R. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet
Dead In The Water Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Bryan Brown, Teri Hatcher, Veronica Cartwright. "He thought committing the perfect murder would bring him happiness. He was dead wrong..." Bryan Brown and Veronica Cartwright star in this witty, spellbinding tale of infidelity, greed and murder from director Bill Condon. Charlie Deegan (Brown) is a big-time lawyer with an even bigger problem: a rich wife (Anne De Salvo) he'd rather see dead. Together with Laura (Teri Hatcher), his beautiful secretary and mistress, Charlie devises the perfect plan to dispose of his annoying spouse and collect her money.
But the intricate plan goes awry when Charlie becomes the suspect for the wrong murder. Now his only hope is Victoria Haines (Cartwright), a woman with an eye for Charlie and a demeanor even more annoying than his former wife's! 1991. color. 90 minutes. Rated PG-13. Out of Print.
Directed by David Cronenberg
. Starring Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold
. "In Dead Ringers director David Cronenberg explores the disintegration of the human mind. With chilling and profound mastery, Cronenberg tells the story of identical twin gynecologists - suave Elliot and introspective Beverly, opposite sides of one personality - who share the same practice, the same apartment... and the same women. Then one special woman enters their lives. And the twins, their bizarre bond threatened for the first time, descend into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs and madness." "An Instant Classic." - Mike Clark, USA Today. 1990
. 117 minutes. Rated R. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet.
The Desperate Hours (1955)
Directed by William Wyler
. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March
. Featuring Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott, Dewey Martin, Gig Young, Mary Murphy
Based on the novel and play by Joseph Hayes, which in turn was inspired by an actual event, The Desperate Hours is the prototypical "family-trapped-by-criminals" drama. Escaped convicts Humphrey Bogart, Robert Middleton and Dewey Martin, seeking an appropriate hideout until they can make contact with their money supply, deliberately choose the suburban home of Fredric March and his family. The cold-blooded Bogart wants no trouble with the police, and he knows he can cower a family with children into cooperating with him. The convict orders March, his wife Martha Scott, and their children to go about their normal activities so as not to arouse suspicion. The young son, upset that March won't lift a hand against Bogart, assumes that his father is a coward. The authorities are alerted when March, at Bogart's behest, draws money for the convict's getaway from the bank. Pushed to the breaking point, March begins subtly turning the tables on the convicts. The climax finds the house surrounded by police; Bogart laughs as March approaches him, gun in hand, insisting that March hasn't the guts to shoot. March coolly responds that Bogart's behavior has given him the requisite guts, and orders the convict out of his house. Bogart's character in The Desperate Hours was originally written for a much younger man, which explains why Paul Newman
was able to play the part in the original Broadway production. The film was slated to co-star Bogart with his old pal Spencer Tracy
, but this plan fell through when the two actors couldn't agree on who would get top billing. 1955. 112 minutes. Out of Print. Black & White. Not Rated.
Desperate Hours (1990)
Directed by Michael Cimino
. Starring Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins,desperate Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse, Kelly Lynch
. You answer the door. He has a gun. Escaped killer Michael Bosworth is looking for place to stay. Now He's found it. Mickey Rourke is arrogant psychopath Bosworth in this ticking time bomb of a thriller based on Joseph Hayes' famed novel, first filmed in 1955 with Humphrey Bogart. Directed by Michael Cimino, Desperate Hours comes roaring into a new era. Joined by two thugs, Bosworth holes up in the suburban home of estranged Nora and Tim Cornell (Mimi Rogers, Anthony Hopkins) and their two children. He plans to stay there until his lawyer-turned-accomplice (Kelly Lynch) arrives to whisk him to Mexico. It could be a few hours - at most, two days. And that's plenty of time to plunge the Cornells into a fear-packed, savage battle for survival that will destroy them... or unite them as nothing else can. The Desperate Hours have begun. (The original The Desperate Hours starring Humphrey Bogart (see above) is widely considered the superior of the two versions
). 1990. 106 minutes. Out of Print. color
. 4 :3 Rated R.
A film by Jean-Jacques Beineix
. Starring Richard Bohringer, Gerard Darmon
and the magnificent voice of Cynthia Hawkins
. Cynthia Hawkins is a very beautiful black woman, intelligent and witty. She has a marvelous voice: she's one of the world's greatest sopranos. Her only fault is that she firmly refuses to have her voice recorded. Jules is an 18 year old postal worker. He careens around the city on a small motorcycle. His sole passion is music and his sole idol Cynthia Hawkins. His only fault is that he makes pirate recordings.
adia is a former call girl. Just before being murdered she makes a confession on tape... a confession revealing an extraordinary scandal. The music loving postal worker, unknowingly in possession of this recording, flees from the police, hired hit men and mysterious Chinamen. His only remaining refuge: Alba and Gorodish, a strange couple lost in a world of strange sounds. 1981. 113 minutes. Out of Print. French with English subtitles
. Rated 14A (France
Directed by Billy Wilder
. Screenplay by Billy Wilder
and Raymond Chandler
. From the Novel by James M. Cain
. Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
. "When an insurance man with commission on his mind meets a suburban blond with murder in her heart, it's lust at first sight. Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray conspire to trick her husband into signing a policy that pays double for accidental death - then push him from a train without leaving tracks. It's a perfect crime until their claim goes to Edward G. Robinson, an insurance investigator who puts a premium on not being swindled. He won't be railroaded into paying until he's sure. And he's a long way from sure. It's all too neat. Too perfect. Something troubles him. He becomes obsessed with the case, trying to find the flaw, stalking the couple, waiting for just one slip. Director Billy Wilder wrote the script with Raymond Chandler from James M. Cain's whiplash novel, and Ms. Stanwyck won an Academy Award nomination. Double Indemnity is a movie so malicious, so satisfying, that it has become one of Hollywood's all-time best suspense thrillers." © 1944
Paramount Pictures. Out of Print. B&W. 107 minutes. Not rated. 4 :3 aspect ratio.
Dressed To Kill
A Brian De Palma
Thriller. Starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen
. Director Brian DePalma shot to stardom with this darkly erotic psychological thriller. She goes by the name of Bobbi. She is tall, blonde, and a vicious killer. Bobbi was once the patient of Dr. Robert Elliott (Michael Caine), a New York psychiatrist who specializes in patients with sexual disorders. Now, Bobbi is on a rampage, slashing women with a straight razor. Liz Blake (Nancy Allen) is a high-priced call girl who witnesses one of these murders during a terrifying elevator ride. She may have the only key to the mystery - if she can stay alive long enough to reveal it. In the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"
, "Dressed to Kill" is an edge-of-the-seat chiller with a shocking last-minute plot twist. 1980
. 105 minutes. color
. Rated R. Out of Print.
Fade To Black
Directed by Vernon Zimmerman
. Starring Dennis Christopher
, Tim Thomerson, Normann Burton, Morgan Paull, Gwynne Gilford, Eve Brent Ashe, James Luisi. Eric Binford lives for the movies... sometimes he kills for them, too! Shy, lonely Eric Binford (Dennis Christopher) delivers film cassettes and film-related supplies in Los Angeles for a living. But he really exists only to see movies and immerse himself in fantasies about cinematic character and stars. Frequently bullied and betrayed, Eric comforts himself by pretending to be one of the many tough heroes or villains who have captivated him from the silver screen.
When a series of unpleasant incidents loosen Eric's already weak grip on reality, it sends him into a homicidal rage. He launches a series of grotesque murders all patterned after characters and incidents from his beloved movies. He becomes known as the "Celluloid Killer," one of the most horrifying murderers the city has ever known. 1980. color. 102 minutes, Rated R. Out of Print.
Produced and Directed by Mel Brooks
. Starring Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman
. Written by Mel Brooks, Ron Clark, Rudy Deluca, Barry Levinson
. "The Master of Parody Takes On The Master of Suspense!
" Mel Brooks pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock
and spoofs suspense thrillers with this zany sendup he directed, co-wrote and stars in. Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke (Brooks) is the new head of the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very Very Nervous. A prize-winning psychiatrist, Thorndyke suffers from a paralyzing fear of heights, or high anxiety. Too bad the Institute is located on top of a cliff...
Thorndyke's predecessor disappeared under strange circumstances, and soon he is caught up in a web of mystery and murder worthy of any Hitchcockian hero. Although with very different results... The nonstop hilarity includes parodies of "Vertigo", "The Birds", "Spellbound", "North by Northwest", and a brilliant reprise of the shower scene from "Psycho". A rich mix of satire and silliness, High Anxiety is an utter delight for movie buffs, Hitchcock fans, and anyone who simply loves to laugh. 1977. color. 94 minutes, Rated PG. Out of Print.
Directed by Robert Harmon
. It's a dark, rainy night as young Jim Halsey drives along an endless stretch of desert highway. Up ahead looms a figure on the road - a hitcher. Jim stops for the stranger. At once he regrets his action. The man with the transparent eyes and menacing smile is soon holding a knife to Jim's throat. The hitcher then tell Jim to pass a car on the side of the road. The passengers are already dead. The hitcher has killed them.
Jim is finally able to shove the hitcher out the car door and is relieved that the terrifying situation is over. Some hours later, a car passes with three little kids in the back seat. The hitcher is smiling through the rear window. The journey into real terror has just begun for Jim Halsey. An unending nightmare filled with one horror scene after another, as the deranged hitcher continues on his slaughterous rampage. Stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jennifer Jason Leigh. "The Hitcher will leave you so frightened you won't want to stop for the next red light." - N.Y. Post. 1986 HBO Pictures in association with Silver Screen Partners (Canada). Out of print. Out of Print.
The House Across The Bay When director Archie Mayo died
, Alfred Hitchcock was called in to complete the film. He is not credited with doing so. Subsequent references usually attribute 'additional direction' to Hitchcock.
George Raft stars as Steve Larwitt, a New York nightclub owner who, fueled by a greed to impress his new wife, Brenda Bentley (Joan Bennett), begins a rampant and ruthless rise to the top of the crime world. But when his rivals and the IRS come after him, Raft finds his life and liberty in danger. Brenda cuts a deal with Larwitt's attorney, who has persuaded her that the safest place for Larwitt is prison. But the attorney, who is himself in love with Brenda, double crosses both of them and has Larwitt send to Alcatraz for a decade. Brenda moves to San Francisco with the intention of helping Lawritt through the sentence, but the lawyer, who Brenda has rejected, has more devilish plans in mind for Larwitt and Brenda. This suspense thriller rides on the fine performances of Raft and Bennett, and the deft direction of Archie Mayo. Also starring Walter Pidgeon.
1940 Walter Wanger Productions. Out of print. B&W. 91 minutes. US shipping $1 first class. International us$3. OUT OF PRINT. $14.99 DVD. This video is traded collector to collector. The Seller owns no rights to this property and no rights are transferred or implied.
The House on Carroll Street
Produced and Directed by Peter Yates
. Starring Jeff Daniels, Kelly McGillis
. With Jessica Tandy, Mandy Patinkin
. Written by Walter Bernstein. "The Kind of Movie that Hitchcock might have made." - Roger Ebert. "Emily Crane overheard a secret... now she's running for her life." New York City, summer, 1951... it was deep in the shadows of the muggy metropolis that Emily Crane first overheard the murmurings of International conspiracy - a plan to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the U.S. Committed to uncovering the plot, she becomes entangled in a deadly web of murder and intrigue. Fortunately she's not alone - watching over her there's a federal agent willing to defy his superiors to uncover the truth. Together they track the conspiracy to the highest levels of government, on a path that leads to a chilling and extraordinary climax. 1988
. Out of Print. color
. 111 minutes. Rated PG.
Directed by Richard Marquand. Starring Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges
. "A grisly homicide... a sensational trial... a forbidden affair - it's Jagged Edge, a razor-sharp suspense thriller about crime, punishment and passion. Jeff Bridges is the prime suspect and Glenn Close plays the attorney who falls in love with him. When a San Francisco socialite is viciously murdered, here publisher-husband, Jack Forrester (Bridges), is accused of committing the crime. Teddy Barnes (Close
) decides to defend the charming, manipulative Jack, only to disregard legal ethics by having an affair with him. With the help of private eye Sam Ransome (Robert Loggia
), she takes on a ruthless D.A. (Peter Coyote
) who's using the case as a political steppingstone. However, a startling revelation puts Teddy in jeopardy of becoming the next victim of the Jagged Edge!" 1985
. 108 minutes, Rated R. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet
Alcoa Premiere (Fred Astaire's Premiere Theatre). Executive Producer: AlfredHitchcock
. Following the success of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, MCA's Revue Studios developed anthology series for several big names, including Fred Astaire
, whose Alcoa Premiere ran for two seasons; each week a different producer on the Revue lot was invited to oversee the show. When his time came, Hitchcock enlisted veteran talent from his own show -- director Norman Lloyd
, producer Joan Harrison
, and writer Ray Bradbury
-- to come up with "The Jail," a harrowing sci-fi rumination on crime and punishment starring Psycho's John Gavin
. Aside from his own series, which continued until May 1965, it was the last time Alfred Hitchcock put his name on a television program.
With John Gavin, James Barton, and Barry Morse. Hosted by Fred Astaire. First aired 1962. 50 minutes. Out of Print. US shipping $1 first class. International us$3.
The Jail $14.99. This DVD is traded collector to collector. The Seller owns no rights to this property and no rights are transferred or implied.
Lifepod Directed by Ron Silver. Suggested by a short story by Alfred Hitchcock and Harry Sylvester. Starring Robert Loggia, Stan Shaw, Ron Silver. Teleplay by M. Jay Roach & Pen Densham. Story by Pen Densham. "... Extraordinary cast... Cat and Mouse tensions... remarkably successful." - The New York Times. The year is 2168 A.D.: In this futuristic re-telling of the classic Hitchcock film, "Lifeboat", a group of passengers are thrown together aboard a small spacecraft after their luxury space liner explodes... only to discover that the deadly saboteur is in their midst!
Nine survivors are all that exist from the terrifying destruction of the interplanetary liner, 'Terrania'. Now they face the grim reality that the force of the blast has launched them out of the search cruisers' range and they are drifting helplessly through space without sufficient power, oxygen, food or other vital provisions to survive for much longer. The discovery that Terrania was sabotaged and that the saboteur must be on board leaves everyone suspicious - as each one of them has a motive! No-one is safe and now the fight is on to survive. Out of Print. color. 85 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. 1993.
is one of the most creative and fascinating artists of our time. Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent
his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married, and fathered future director Jennifer Chambers Lynch shortly after he turned 21. That experience, plus attending art school in a particularly violent and run-down area of Philadelphia, inspired Eraserhead (1976), a film that he began in the early 1970s (after a couple of shorts) and which he would work on obsessively for five years. The final film was initially judged to be almost unreleasably weird, but thanks to the effort of distributor Ben Barenholtz, it secured a cult following and enabled Lynch to make his first mainstream film (in an unlikely alliance with Mel Brooks), though The Elephant Man (1980) was shot through with his unique sensibility.
The enormous critical and commercial success of The Elephant Man led to Dune (1984), a hugely expensive commercial disaster, but Lynch redeemed himself with Blue Velvet (1986), his most personal and original work since his debut. He subsequently won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival with the dark, violent road movie Wild At Heart (1990), and achieved a huge cult following with his surreal TV series Twin Peaks (1990), which he adapted for the big screen with the movie Fire Walk With Me (1992), though his comedy series "On The Air" (1992) was less successful. He also draws a comic strip (The Angriest Dog In The World) and has devised multimedia stage events, like Industrial Symphony #1 (1991) with regular composer Angelo Badalamenti.
The Man Who Haunted Himself
Starring Roger Moore
. Directed by Basil Dearden
. Based on "The Case Of Mr. Pelham
" starring Tom Ewell
, an episode on Alfred Hitchcock Presents
, debuting December 4, 1955
, which was one of only twenty TV episodes personally directed by Alfred Hitchcock
In this smart, tripping thriller, Roger Moore extends his range beyond his roles as James Bond and delivers an eerie, electric performance as a man possessed. Moore plays Harold, a successful businessman with an enviable family life. His world is shattered in one evening, when a mysterious force takes control of the car while Harold is at the wheel. There is a crash, Harold barely survives, and takes a holiday to recuperate. When he returns home, Harold discovers that his life has become a nightmare. Slowly, he realizes that he is being haunted... and while his nemesis appears to be his double, the possessor is everything Harold is not. A taut mystery thriller that stands up to repeated viewings, and an ingenious entertainment all its own.
Out of Print. 1962. NEVER RELEASED IN THE U.S. 4:3 aspect ratio. US shipping $1 first class. International us$3. 91 minutes. color. DVD $14.99. This item is traded collector to collector. The Seller owns no rights to this property and no rights are transferred or implied.
Directed by David Miller
. Starring Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Roddy McDowall, Myrna Loy
. Kit (Doris Day
), an American married to wealthy London businessman Tony Preston (Rex Harrison
) becomes the terrified victim of a mysterious stalker, who she hears but can never see. She is threatened by the eerie, high-pitched voice as she walks in the thick London fog. She then begins receiving repeated threatening telephone calls. The now totally panicked Kit is nearly killed when someone pushes her in front of a bus. Unfortunately for Kit, no one but she hears the voice or the telephone calls and neither Tony, Kit's visiting aunt Bea (Myrna Loy
), or Scotland Yard take any of these incidents seriously. The only one who seems to believe Kit is Brian Younger (John Gavin
), a construction foreman, but Kit is not convinced that she can trust him. The tension builds to a thrilling climax as Kit flees for her life on a scaffolding outside her apartment building. Midnight Lace is an exciting thriller, with many surprising plot twists.
Trivia: Doris Day suffered a breakdown during the filming of Midnight Lace. Called upon to act terrified for the frightening scene in the lift where she thinks she's about to be killed by a stalker, she became genuinely hysterical and fainted on the set. Doris - already under the strain of a deteriorating relationship with her third husband, Martin Melcher - used a disturbing real-life memory of being attacked by her first husband, Al Jorden, to relate to a feeling of fear and panic. Unfortunately, the memory she used proved too much for her to cope with and unable to stop screaming and crying at the end of the scene, she passed out and had to be sent home to rest for a few days. color. Out of Print. 1960. Rated PG. 108 minutes.
Directed by Henry Hathaway
. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters
. The splendor of both Niagara Falls and Marilyn Monroe enhance this taut tale about a faithless wife plotting against her husband. Joseph Cotten stars as George Loomis, a disturbed Korean War veteran staying at Niagara Falls with his wife, Rose (Monroe). Thoroughly sensuous and constantly scheming, Rose intends to kill her husband and run off with her lover. But first she's going to drive George mad by flaunting herself before anyone who'll notice.
Director Henry Hathaway adds breathtaking dimension to his film with dazzling location shooting that weaves Niagara's incredible beauty into the plot and makes it virtually another character in the story. Similarly, he has his cameras linger on Monroe as well, to create a heady mood of teasing sensuality. Simmering with raw emotions, here is a fascinating portrait of human passion and nature's power that rushes at you with the force of Niagara itself. color. 89 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet.
Directed by John Schlesinger
. Starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton
. They were the perfect couple, buying the perfect house, until a perfect Stranger moved into their lives! Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine and Michael Keaton star in apacifichts powerful psychological thriller about two young homeowners battling a pathological tenant. Patty Palmer (Griffith) and Drake Goodman (Modine) take a bold step when they purchase and renovate a handsome San Francisco Victorian house. The mortgage payments are steep, but two rental units provide the needed income.
All goes well until Carter Hayes (Keaton) moves into the downstairs studio. Though he offers apparently impeccable references, Hayes is hiding a dark, mysterious past and turns out to be a landlord's worst nightmare. Protected by hopelessly complex eviction laws, the sadistic schemer soon has Patty and Drake fighting to save their home, their relationship and ultimately, their lives, as they face the ordeal of living under the same roof with someone they can't trust... Featuring outstanding performances and excellent direction by John Schlesinger ("Midnight Cowboy"), Pacific Heights holds one surprise after another as it unfolds with relentless suspense. 103 minutes, color, Rated R. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet.
Play Misty For Me
Directed by Clint Eastwood
. Starring Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch
. Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut in this contemporary thriller which has become one of the star's most acclaimed and suspenseful features. As a popular California disc jockey, Clint repeatedly receives on-air phone requests to "play Misty for me" from a sexy feminine voice. Intrigued by the caller, he soon meets the fetching fan (Jessica Walter) in his favorite night spot and the two have an affair. But when he wants to end the short-lived relationship, Walter only becomes more infatuated with him and violent towards his girlfriend (Donna Mills).
Quite suddenly Eastwood's life and love become the target for this psychotic's increasingly deadly campaign of terror. Beautifully photographed on location in the star's famed hometown of Carmel, California, Play Misty For Me continues to inspire modern day thrillers years after its original release, 1971. color. 103 minutes. Rated R. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. $14.99. US shipping $1 first class. International us$3.
Directed by Richard Franklin
. Starring Anthony Perkins
. With Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia
. "In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock
shocked audiences around the world and made screen history with his Gothic horror masterpiece, Psycho. Now, 22 years later, the Bates Motel is back in business and screams of terror are once again being heard as the long-awaited sequel, Psycho II, comes to the screen. Anthony Perkins, who starred as Norman Bates, and Vera Miles, who played the sister of the shower murder victim, recreate their memorable roles from the original. In addition, movie buffs will be heartened to know that the producer of the film was Hitchcock's first assistant director in Psycho, and the director is a serious Hitchcock scholar. The result is a movie that the New York Daily News has called, "a winner", and KABC-TV describes as "even more intense than the original." 1983
. 113 minutes. Rated R. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet
A Brian De Palma
Film. Starring John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich
. With Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen
. "When Jenny cheated on her husband, he didn't just leave... scares." - People Magazine. From master-of-terror Brian De Palma
comes this stylish psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final frame. Carter Nix (John Lithgow) is a respected psychologist, loving husband and devoted father who decides to take a year off to help raise his daughter. Carter's wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) is pleased to have her attentive husband home - at first.
When Carter shows obsessive behavior toward their daughter, Jenny becomes concerned. And to complicate matters, Jenny's old flame (Steven Bauer) re-enters her life. But nothing can prepare her for the emergence of Carter's multiple personalities, and a fiendish plot to recreate the infamous experiments of his deranged father. It all adds up to a rollercoaster ride of heart-pounding suspense and stunning visuals in a film the New York Times calls "a delirious thriller." 1992. color. 91 minutes. Rated R. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of print.
Starring Christopher Reeve
& Daryl Hannah
. Witnessing the Perfect Crime Made Him the Perfect Target. "Christopher Reeve and Daryl Hannah shine in this riveting update of one of Hollywood's most celebrated suspense classics! After an accident confines him to a wheelchair in his high-tech apartment, architect Jasen Kemp (Reeve) grows increasingly obsessed with the private lives he sees played out in the windows of the neighboring building. Then, a young woman mysteriously vanishes from one of the units. Did the woman's abusive husband murder her, as Jason believes? Or is it just his overactive imagination? But even with his alluring colleague (Hannah) acting as his "legs" in the search for clues, Jason can find no evidence to offer the skeptical detective on the case (Robert Forster). And when the deadly truth is finally revealed, Jason will find himself alone trapped in a room with a view... to terror. Teleplay by Eric Overmyer & Larry Gross based on the story by Cornell Woolrich
. Directed by Jeff Bleckner. 1998
Babelsberg International. color
. 4:3 aspect ratio. 89 minutes. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet
Rebecca (1996 - Masterpiece Theater) Remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca.
Daphe du Maurier
's classic tale of romance, suspense and jealousy, Rebecca, is brought to you in this lavish adaptation. Set in elegant Monte Carlo and dramatic Cornwall in the 1930s this drama stars Charles Dance
as the sophisticated Maxim de Winter and Emilia Fox
as the young woman who becomes the second Mrs. de Winter.
When Maxim de Winter proposes to such a young woman nobody is more surprised than the circle of society friends who learn the intriguing news, especially as his new wife is the opposite of Maxim's first wife, the beautiful Rebecca, who mysteriously died in a tragic drowning accident. After Maxim takes his new wife back to his home, the ancient and magnificent Manderley, it soon becomes evident that the shadow of Rebecca is all-pervasive, nurtured all the more by the sinister gothic housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Diana Rigg). The new Mrs. de Winter begins to uncover the darkness of the past that taints the present and threatens to haunt her future...
Faye Dunaway is Mrs. Van Hopper, Geraldine James is Beatrice, Timothy West is Dr. Baker, Jonathan Cake is Jack Favell. Directed by Jim O'Brien. color. 176 minutes. Out of Print. Never released in the U.S. 4:3 aspect ratio. DVD $19.99. US shipping $1 first class. International us$3.
The Thirteenth Floor
Directed by Josef Rusnak. Starring Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Vincent Donofrio
. "The barriers that separate fantasy from reality are shattered in this stylish, mind-jarring thriller, where two parallel worlds collide in a paroxysm of deception, madness and murder... On the 13th floor of a corporate tower, high-tech visionary Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko, The Long Kiss Goodnight) and his high-strung colleague Whitney (Vincent D'Onofrio, Men In Black) have opened the door to an amazing virtual world - circa 1937 Los Angeles. But when the powerful leader of their secret project (Armin Mueller-Stahl, Shine, The X-Files) is discovered slashed to death, Hall himself becomes the prime suspect. Arriving from Paris is the beautiful and mysterious Jane Fuller (Gretchen Mol, Rounders) claiming to be the murder victim's daughter. Her instant, magnetic attraction to Hall only further blurs the lines of what is real. Is he the killer? Is the inscrutable Jane somehow connected? To find the answers, Hall must cross the boundaries into the simulated reality he has helped create - and confront the astonishing truth about his own existence. 1998
. Out of print. color
. 100 minutes. Rated R. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
Throw Momma From The Train
Directed by Danny DeVito
. Starring Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Anne Ramsey, Kim Griest
. Owen is a momma's boy with a very strange Momma: she's a cross throwMama2between Quasimodo and the Wicked Witch of the West, and Owen's spent a lifetime making her meals, cutting her toenails and getting crunched by her cane. Then one day, along comes Larry... and Owen sees the path to possible salvation. Larry's having female problems of his own... in the form of an ex-wife who's really done him wrong. So, taking his cue from a Hitchcock thriller, Strangers On A Train
, Owen suggests they swap murders. After all, what are friends for? He'll murder Larry's lying, loathsome, conniving ex-wife -- if Larry will only send Momma to her maker. See how hilarious homicide can be when Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal star in this off-the-wall comedy hit and try to: "Throw Momma From The Train
". Academy Award nomination for Anne Ramsey as Momma
. 1987. 88 minutes. Rated PG-13
. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is available at your favorite movie store and on the Internet.
Under Capricorn (1986)
Directed by Rod Hardy
. (Remake of Alfred Hitchcock
's 1949 Classic). "Lives intertwined in A Tangled Web of Horrendous Secrets." Starring Lisa Harrow, John Hallam, Peter Cousens
. Featuring Julia Blake, Jim Holt, Cathrine Lynch, Peter Collingwood, Daphne Grey, Ellen Freeman, Jo England, Dennis Olsen, Patrick Frost, Edward Caddick, Henry Salter, Emma Salter, Frank Gallagher, Gordon Lunyupi. Charles Adare (Peter Cousens) is a free spirited young Irishman who sets out to help a beautiful aristocratic woman back from the depths of alcoholism. At first he is encouraged by the woman's husband, a grim, silent, ex-convict who cherishes but doesn't completely understand his wife.
But problems arise when Charles tries to help the lady because her domineering and evil housekeeper keeps getting in the way. The housekeeper, while trying to keep up a godly appearance, actually wants nothing more than to see her mistress dead. This is a house of horrendous secrets where jealousy and hatred run rampant, and where happiness and success can only be bought for a very high price. color. 1986. (South Australia). 120 minutes. Not rated. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. Never released in the U.S. $14.99 US shipping $1 first class. International us$3. This item is traded collector-to-collector. The seller does not own rights to this property and no rights are transferred or implied. Excellent. DVD.