There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.— Alfred Hitchcock
The most instructive Alfred Hitchcock quotes that will inspire your inner self
I have a feeling that inside you somewhere,there's somebody nobody knows about
The ideal husband understands every word his wife doesn't say.
Drama is life with the dull bits left out.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. I believe in putting the horror in the minds of the audience, and not necessarily on the screen. The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one.
In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
To make a great film need three things - the script, the script and the script.
Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders.
Fear isn't so difficult to understand.
After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual.
Mystery is an intellectual process... But suspense is essentially an emotional process.
A woman, I always say, should be like a good suspense movie: The more left to the imagination, the more excitement there is. This should be her aim - to create suspense, to let a man discover things about her without her having to tell him.
To make a great film you need three things - the script, the script and the script.
A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor he just tears him up.
I'm full of fears and I do my best to avoid difficulties and any kind of complications. I like everything around me to be clear as crystal and completely calm.
Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing.
It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.
Puns are the highest form of literature.
Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement.
These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
Man does not live by murder alone. He needs affection, approval, encouragement and, occasionally, a hearty meal.
Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food.
If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation?, ' I say, 'Your salary.'
Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it.
In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog.
Audiences are smarter today. They don't want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.
Making a film means, first of all, to tell a story.
That story can be an improbable one, but it should never be banal. It must be dramatic and human. What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out?
There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
One must never set up a murder. They must happen unexpectedly, as in life.
For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen.
Actually, I have no regard for money.
Aside from its purchasing power, it's completely useless as far as I'm concerned.
Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table.
Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don't want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.
We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like.
In a good marriage each is the others better half.
I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks.
I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline - production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one.
This weapon [an ax] is primitive but effective.
And it's also guaranteed to be fifty-percent painless. You see, it takes two people to operate, and the person at this end [the handle] doesn't feel a thing.
Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.
Television has brought back murder into the home -- where it belongs.
Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.