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
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 Catharsis: Psycho/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!