New blogathon coming to Backlots!

By Lara Gabrielle Fowler

Mark your calendars folks, Backlots is going to be hosting another blogathon!

To complement the Dueling Divas blogathon that I host every December, this year I am beginning a new tradition. Avoid those birds and be watch your back in the shower folks, because Hitchcock Halloween is coming to Backlots! On October 31, submit your review or analysis of a spooky Hitchcock film to celebrate the arrival of the holiday.

I did something similar to this last year, but instead of collaborating with my fellow bloggers, I simply did it myself. This year I thought it would be fun if we all participated!

Here are some guidelines:

  • You can write about Hitchcock–his career, his life, etc.–profile one of his films, talk about his TV show, whatever you feel moved to do. Don’t feel like you have to be confined to movies for this one, because Hitchcock was a personality above all, and he deserves to be honored with a holistic approach.
  • Though I expect that most of the entries will end up being about Hitchcock’s horror films anyway, feel free to write about something like North by Northwest if that’s your favorite Hitchcock movie and that’s what you want to contribute. Heck, write about Mr. and Mrs. Smith if you want! Again, holistic approach.
  • During Dueling Divas, I really love when people write freely about whatever they feel the topic means to them. However, try not to stray too far. In the past I’ve felt like perhaps I gave a little too much free rein, and people got a bit tangential. Write about what you want, but don’t forget that this is about Hitchcock!

Submit your interest and topics to me when you’re ready, and I will add you to the list of participants. So far we have:

Tales of the Easily Distracted: Vertigo

Midnight Only Frenzy

The Great Katharine Hepburn: Hitch’s Dick Cavett interview

Sittin’ On a Backyard Fence: Notorious

Outspoken and Freckled: TBA

The Best of Alexandra: Stage Fright

Portraits By Jenni: Sabotage

The Lady Eve’s Reel Life: Three Hitchcock villains

Once Upon a Screen: Rear Window

Cinematic CatharsisPsycho/Psycho II comparison

Classic Movie Snippets: I Confess

Critica Retro: The Lodger

Let’s Misbehave: A Tribute to Precode Hollywood: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Silver Scenes: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: “The Unlocked Window”

The Thrilling Days of Yesteryear: Shadow of a Doubt

All Good Things: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Holly’s Horrorland: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: “Lamb to Slaughter”

Girls Do Film: The Birds

Nitrate Diva: Hitchcock trailers and featurettes

Love Is a Fire: A biography of Alfred Hitchcock

While we wait for October to roll around, here is a banner to put on your blog. Wear it with pride!


Have fun!


43 responses to “New blogathon coming to Backlots!

  1. Ooh, a Backlots Hitchcock Blogathon! If it’s not already claimed, I’d like to write about VERTIGO! If it’s already spoken for, how about either STAGE FRIGHT or SHADOW OF A DOUBT? Please let me know. Either way, you’ll kill it — in the positive sense, of course! 🙂

  2. I’d like to write about his interview with Dick Cavett, if I may?

  3. Absolutely! I can’t wait to read that!

  4. Haha given that it’s Hitchcock, I think the only thing to say is that we’ll kill it! And Vertigo is not taken–but it’s yours now! Have fun with it!

  5. Put me down for Notorious! 😉

  6. AWESOME. One of my all-time favorites, I was hoping someone would pick Notorious!

  7. It is my favorite.

  8. Count me in!! I’m still pondering how to choose the topic. I’m such a huge fan of Hitch that it’s a daunting task to marrow into specifics. I’ll follow up as soon as I do. Thanks!! … Kellee @IrishJayhawk of Outspoken & Freckled

  9. Slice me off a piece of that Dietrich/Hitchcock/Jane Wyman’s Terrible Hair action!

  10. Take your time! I’m glad you’re going to participate 🙂

  11. Heck yeah! Counting you in!

  12. Glad you can participate!

  13. Oh this is a great idea-please put me down for Hitchcock’s movie Sabotage, made in 1936. I saw it a couple years ago and it mesmerized me! Not exactly a horror with a mythical monster, but a human monster, ready to terrorize London for his anarchist group.

  14. Got it! Thanks for participating!

  15. I’m wondering if you’d accept a post I did a year or so ago on three Hitchcock villains – all of a type: Joseph Cotten /Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt, Robert Walker/Bruno Anthony in Strangers on a Train, Anthony Perkins/Norman Bates in Psycho.

  16. Sure! I’ll put you on the list 🙂

  17. Hi Lara –
    I’d love to join in the fun. If available I’ll tackle Rear Window.


  18. Fabulous! You’re on the list!

  19. cinematiccatharsis

    Hi Lara: I just wanted to be sure that you had me down for the Psycho/Psycho II comparison. Looking forward to October!

  20. Ah! I accidentally left that one out! I’ll add it right now 🙂

  21. I’d love to participate in this. My favorite Hitch film is “I Confess,” and Montgomery Clift is going to be October’s star of the month at my blog, so I’d love to write about that film.

  22. Hi, Lara! I bet this will be a great event! Could I write about The Lodger (1927)?

  23. Fabulous! Ooh, a whole month of Monty! Sounds great! I’ll add you to the list for “I Confess.”

  24. Ok, I’ve decided. Please put me down for ROPE!

  25. Sounds like ghoulishly good fun! Could you put me down for doing a review of the Hitchcock Hour episode “An Unlocked Window”? – Constance ( Silver Scenes blog )

  26. Hi,
    I’d love to get back in blogathoning and this looks like a great topic for Halloween!! Is The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) still available?

  27. It sure is! I’ll mark you down!

  28. Absolutely! I’m glad to see an Alfred Hitchcock Hour signup!

  29. Here from Thrilling Days of Yesteryear — since Shadow of a Doubt isn’t taken yet, would you mind if I did it for She Blogged By Night?

  30. It’s yours! I’ll add you to the list 🙂

  31. I can’t believe I only just discovered this blogathon. I’d love to participate and cover The Birds, particularly Hitchock’s relationship with costume designer Edith Head. let me know if it’s already taken and I’ll pick another one!

  32. Hi there!
    I’m always up for a celebration of Hitch. I was wondering if I could write about the trailers and featurettes for Hitchcock’s films—and how he personally played an important role in his publicity. The trailers in and of themselves are such witty works of art.
    Thanks! Looking forward to it.

  33. Absolutely! Adding you!

  34. Oh, that sounds fantastic! I’ll mark you down!

  35. I’d love to join this spooky shindig, if I may?
    I’ll be writing about Alfred Hitchcock Presents, more specifically the episode Lamb To The Slaughter.

  36. Right here! Let me know what you want to write on and I will add your name to the list 🙂

  37. Here’s the link to my post “Alfred Hitchcock Cavorting with Cavett” about Hitch’s 1972 interview on The Dick Cavett Show.

  38. Pingback: Hitchcock Halloween Blogathon: Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - She Blogged By Night

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