[To Melanie] ”Why are they doing this? Why are the doing this? They said when you got here, the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from? I think you’re the cause of all of this. I think you’re evil. Evil!” spoken by random woman in Diner in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror The Birds.
Want to watch the quote? Do it! The random woman in the Diner sure is dramatic AND rather rude. Tippi slaps her after she concludes her hate-filled monologue. Scandal.
The random woman in the Diner loses her cool
So this last week, I have been revisiting old school horror films. As a young child, my father used to force me to watch The Birds with him and at the time it was hideously terrifying. However, not so much anymore. Hitchcock movies, although iconic pieces of art which pioneered the suspense and psychological thriller film genres, are very difficult to watch today and most definitely won’t affect your sleep patterns in any regard. Despite this, re-watching The Birds was surprisingly entertaining. There was one particular moment after the mother finds the first bird-mutilated body. Her horror-filled silent reaction/fit was priceless. I can’t remember laughing that hard in a long time. Besides having many ridiculous moments, The Birds will resonate with anyone studying at UCT. While watching countless flocks of birds terrorize poor civilians, I couldn’t help but think of the pigeons that dominate UCT’s Food Court. It’s scarily similar. Hitchcock would be stunned into silence much like the mother I mentioned earlier.
The mother’s fit of silent horror makes me giggle
Additionally, it was most intriguing to watch Tippi Hedren become significantly more disheveled as the horror became increasingly prominent. Those birds sure don’t like humans. The reason for the many bird attacks is never mentioned and the movie ends abruptly after our leading lady takes a feathery beating. However, film analysts will claim that the film deals with themes of female sexuality and humanities lack of control over nature. Others will say, that the film is merely a tale of survival and a mechanism for suspense without reason. But I must say, it is interesting how Hitchcock is able to turn an every day occurrence, like a bird, into a mechanism to evoke terror. Anyway enough of that. The Birds attack things, cause pandemonium and at times can lead to a number of laughs as opposed to scares. Perhaps give this one a skip unless you are an avid horror fan.
Entering this room was a bad mistake Tippi. I’m sorry