Alfred Hitchcock was a master filmmaker whose active career spanned over 55 years. Hitchcock’s thrillers were largely considered unparalleled in the sense that they gave his audiences an uneasy feeling and kept them guessing what was next from beginning to end. The majority of Hitchcock’s films as well as the body of work in his show were suspense. Hitchcock defined suspense and mystery in an interesting way.
To Hitchcock mystery was an intellectual process that made the audience wonder who was the culprit. Mystery engaged the audience in that exercise of silent participation and guessing. Hitchcock defined suspense differently; to him it was an emotional driver.
Suspense was about guessing until the end and having the payout leave you stunned. Hitchcock was a master at suspense and his obvious skill in terms of story telling was what made suspense decidedly emotional.
Talk about a master at work.