Good Old-fashioned Suspense
Based on Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel, this movie stars Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. It is a beautiful, gothic tale that subtly highlights Hitchcock’s talent in dealing with the supernatural and suspenseful.
This was one of his most interesting works of filming. The story centers around two young men who strangled one of their friends to see if they could get away with murder. Almost the entire movie is shot on one set, the dining room of an apartment, and most of the scenes continuously run for ten or more minutes.
Rear Window (1954)
In a similar fashion to Rope, the entirety of this movie takes place from the window view of one apartment. When a professional photographer, played by James Stewart, witnesses a murder, he has to piece together the puzzle without leaving his apartment (due to a broken leg).
In this film, a detective confronts his fear of heights while following an allegedly possessed woman. Due to an unforeseeable twist, this is considered one of the director’s most defining works.
There’s no way you haven’t seen this movie. I’m not even going to bother explaining the plot. Just know that taxidermy and multiple personalities combine in one incredibly creepy, innovative movie.