11 disturbing quotes that take you inside of Alfred Hitchcock’s twisted mind

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His name invokes fear and thrill in the hearts of suspense cinema lovers everywhere: Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock was a man who knew how to get inside the minds of his audience with psychological thrillers like “Psycho” and “Vertigo.”

To return the favor, we’ve drawn from this Wikipedia list of quotes spoken by the man, himself.

The following 11 quotes take you inside the mind of Hitchcock.

Be warned: They might disturb you.


On breakfast.

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“I’m frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes … have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid? Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I’ve never tasted it.”

[News summaries, December 31, 1963]


On Disney.

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“If I made ‘Cinderella,’ the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.”

[Newsweek, June 11, 1956]


On television.

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“One of television’s great contributions is that it brought murder back into the home, where it belongs.”

[National Observer, August 15, 1966]


On stress relief.

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“Seeing a murder on television can … help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.”

[National Observer, August 15, 1966]


On hair color.

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“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.”

[Interview on CBS TV, February 20, 1977]


On puns.

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“Puns are the highest form of literature.”

[Dick Cavett Show, June 8, 1972]


On suicide.

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“We do not recommend suicide as a way of life.”

[Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1965]


On his scariest film.

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“‘The Birds’ could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made.”

[Movie trailer for the 1960s film The Birds.]


On the authorities.

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“I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them.”

[As quoted inHitchcock – revised edition 1985 – by François Truffaut, p. 109]


On cinema.

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“The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema.”

[Hitchcock, 1967, by François Truffaut]


His ultimate film philosophy.

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“Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.”

[On audiences,Asbury Park NJ Press, August 13, 1974]