Hello, my darling readers!
This post marks the end of my Alfred Hitchcock review series. The 21st and final film for me to write about is Strangers on a Train. Let’s take a closer look!
Guy Haines has a strange encounter on a train. The amateur tennis player thinks nothing of it, but for Bruno Antony, the man he talked to, things are set in motion. Bruno – unbeknownst to Guy – believes they came to an agreement. Bruno kills Haines’ wife in exchange for Haines killing Bruno’s father…
You might know about this film even if you hadn’t been aware of its existence. Strangers on a Train has been quoted many times throughout the years. Simpsons fans might recall a particular Treehouse of Horror episode…
So what makes this film so interesting that it keeps popping up again and again?
First of all, the plot. The story is spun intricately and new horrors unfold with every scene. You can’t possibly know the outcome with all the twist and turns you encounter along the way.
You’ll think twice the next time you make a joke about getting rid of somebody!
The casting is also superb. Especially Robert Walker (who portrays Bruno) gave me the creeps. His performance is chilling to the bone and unnerving to no end. He really gave the role of the psychopath his all.
Also, Farley Granger as Guy Haines plays the haunted and innocent man wonderfully. Honestly, the back and forth between those two is already worth watching the film.
The atmosphere Hitchcock created with this production sets on edge from the first minutes on. And you’ll remain there right until the end.
The eerie black and white shots, playing with light and shadows are what makes this movie so intense.
A few aspects of the story might be a bit far-fetched and not entirely credible, but if you overlook those little flaws, you’ll find an impressive film that is definitely among Hitchcock’s best works.
Strangers on a Train is a captivating thriller. Among all of Hitch’s productions, it’s certainly among my favorites. This film is iconic and you can see its influence in many more recent productions. A must-watch!
Did you watch this one? Let me know if you are an Alfred Hitchcock fan!
Be sure to stick around for the next reviews.