I was super-psyched the first time I read Rebello’s riveting account, and no less so re-reading it!!! Seriously, there are two masters at work here!!!
From the first time I watched my very first Hitchcock movie (Shadow of a Doubt), I was entranced—For the duration of the movie, the rest of the world ceased to exist—Sure, other movies have a similar effect on me…But with Hitchcock, it’s like every sense tingles; I’m suddenly super-hyper-aware of every word, every movement, every nuance, because everything leads to something else. Watching a Hitchcock movie is like being in the eye of a tornado, and seeing the world spiraling out of control—Hitchcock brings his audience right to the edge of suspense…and keep you there.
Imagine my surprise to read about Mr. Rebello discussing his writing process, which so keenly mirrors my own experience as a reader:
The first time I read Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, it was as thrilling and captivating as watching Psycho for the very first time. Rebello intimately captures the entire Hitchcock experience within the pages of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, like nothing I've ever experienced before——It was an absolutely mesmerizing blend of Rebello’s own suspenseful storytelling with the incredible behind the scenes story of how Psycho came to be. Stephen Rebello does such an amazing job of recreating all the intensity and suspense of Hitchcock.
I’ve never read a book that so much felt like I watching a movie; so I’m especially excited to hear that Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho might be making its way to the big screen!?!?!??!
—Yeah, I’m kind of out of my mind—
I’m crossing my fingers, because I think it would be a-ma-zing.
The ultimate movie-lover’s dream of a significant film combined with the movie’s own gripping journey from the heinous crimes of Ed Gein’s to Robert Bloch’s disturbing realization in his novel making its way to Alfred Hitchcock’s hands, into theaters and into film history. I have no doubt of Rebello’s ability to capture and bring to movie audiences the same spellbinding quality that he has brought to readers with Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.
So while you’re all waiting for the movie, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is a must-read for Hitchcock fans, movie-buffs, and anyone looking for a page-turner that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat!
Review copy courtesy of Open Road Media and NetGalley.
Stephen Rebello is a screenwriter, journalist, and the author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, which has been bought by Paramount Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company for production as a dramatic feature film. Get more Hitchcock news from Rebello on Twitter at @HitchandPsycho.