It's Alive! A Quiz Deck of Scary Movies
According to industry legend, Alfred Hitchcock wanted to purchase film rights to a certain novel but lost out to another director. The novel’s coauthors subsequently wrote another work, which Hitchcock turned into Vertigo. What was the name of the film made from the novel Hitchcock had originally wanted?
(b) Eyes Without a Face
(c) From Among the Dead
(d) The Wages of Fear
Answer (a). Director Henri-Georges Clouzot got the film rights to the novel Celle qui n’était plus (She Who Was No More) by French authors Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. Clouzot adapted the novel into the classic thriller Les Diaboliques (1955; released in English under the title Diabolique). Set in a French boarding school, it’s an unusual triangle involving the school’s mean headmaster, his wife, and his mistress. The two women get together and decide to murder the man. They drug him, drown him in a bathtub, and dump his body in the school’s pool to make it look like an accident. But somehow the corpse disappears, only to reappear later as a ghost! Or are the women going mad? The French film was a huge success in the United States, spurring Hitchcock to snap up the film rights to Boileau and Narcejac’s novel D’entre les morts, from which he made Vertigo.