Pretty Poison: Kobal Collection
Ken Tucker
September 20, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

What are your favorite Hitchcockian movies?

What is the best ”Alfred Hitchcock movie” that wasn’t directed by Hitch himself? My top three are Blood Simple, The Game, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. — Victor Perez

Great question — and one of your choices, Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, was based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, as was a classic Hitchcock flick, Strangers on a Train. For me, Brian DePalma’s Obsession (1976), starring Cliff Robertson, is close to Hitchcock greatness (the romantic-obsessive Hitchcock of Vertigo and Rear Window), and a small movie I’ve been touting for the past week here, new to DVD — 1968’s Pretty Poison, starring Tony Perkins and Tuesday Weld — is small-town-style Hitchcock, à la the Master’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943). A third? How about The Spanish Prisoner (1997), writer-director David Mamet’s intricate puzzle of high manners and low behavior. That’s a start: What are your favorite movies that capture some of that Hitchcock suspense and wit?

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