Michelle (Guyver Spawn)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Horror Hunt #27 (September 2020) 5/30
Red is often affiliated with evil and horror. Watch a movie with a red poster.
I haven't seen this movie in a while and I felt like it was a good choice for my September Horror Hunt. I know people will debate that this movie is not really a horror movie, but I do feel like it has enough elements to be a horror movie. Dial M for Murder has a creepy story that deals with someone trying to threaten someone into murdering another person. The classic scene of Grace Kelly's character getting strangle is pretty scary and was disturbing at the time back in 1954. You can see how Hitchcock's style has influenced many people to make the Giallo genre a decade later with movies such as Blood and Black Lace (1964).
I still love the story in this movie because the movie keeps the audience at the edge of their seat on what will happen next. Alfred Hitchock knows how to keep the audience entertained by adding mystery and suspense to have people be invested with the story. When watching this movie, you can always pick up clues before the main characters find the clues themselves. I also love the colorful cinematography from Robert Burks and it would have been cool to see what the movie would have been like in 3D. You also have a great creepy score from Dimitri Tiomkin that helps creates a haunting and atmospheric tone for the story.
Overall, Dial M for Murder is a solid movie and I highly recommend watching it. Rating: 8.5/10