118 years ago on this day, August 13th, the great visionary, Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. It didn’t take long for Hitchcock to pursue his goal of creating films – by 1925 he’d shot his first feature length film, The Pleasure Garden.
More than 60 projects would come to life at the hands of Hitchcock over the next 55 years, and some of those projects would prove so powerful their influence is still felt today, on not only the horror genre, but the crime and thriller genres, as well.
Among Hitchcock’s most beloved films are Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Topaz, Frenzy, The Birds and Psycho. He remains one of the most respected figures in film history.
You may be gone, good sir, but we’re still wishin’ you a happy birthday!