Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film is not your standard horror fair, and continues to enthral and surprise new audiences. Playing out in a high rise apartment, over the course of party. Rope is in essence pure theatre on screen. A gloriously dark exploration of murder, and revenge that manages to weave its audience into a sublime psychological horror.
Based on Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 play, Rope took inspiration from the case of Leopold and Loeb. Two upper-class American graduates who murdered purely to test their intellect and ability.
Opening with the murder of their college friend, Brandon (John Dall), and Philip (Farley Granger) store the victim’s body in a chest. While placing the chest pride in the middle of their apartment for a dinner party with friends. Both young men testing their ability to get away with murder in front of an unsuspecting crowd. As the victim’s body is hidden in plain sight of their guests, his coffin a table for drinks and canapés.