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"Hitchcock" needed more Stephen Rebello influence - CinemaDave

Dec. 18th, 2012 08:13 am "Hitchcock" needed more Stephen Rebello influence

**Hitchcock** was quickly squeezed into the "awards" season, but only Helen Mirren's performance as Alma Hitchcock has been nominated for a Golden Globe. Based on Stephen Rebello's excellent book **Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of "Psycho,"** **Hitchcock** recycles the story, but puts an emphasis upon Sir Alfred Hitchcock's ( Sir Anthony Hopkins) inspirations and psychic relationship with serial killer Ed Gein (Michael Wincott).

This film suffers from some historical errors, but director Sascha Gervasi captures the spirit of a typical Alfred Hitchcock flick. The film is a roller coaster ride from scares to laughs, with Hitchcock as the master protagonist/antagonist, though the domestic drama is a bit heavy handed. Not really Christmas fare, **Hitchcock** would have been a better release closer to Halloween.

We have seen much horror, tragedy and sadness this year. Pursuing happiness will be a challenge this holiday season. At darkest times of the calendar year, one can illuminate individuals by simply saying "Merry Christmas."

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