http://www.cracked.com/article_19099_12-classic-movie-moments-made-possible-by-abuse-murder.html Alfred Hitchcock was a genius, and by all accounts it was amazing to work with him ... as long as you were a dude. Grace Kelly had to stand during Rear Window, while James Stewart just lounged around all day. Hitchcock had a thing for the ladies, and it wasn't a healthy "thing." Even if you don't read anything into the fact that young, attractive blondes were continuously getting slashed, tortured or harassed in his films, his treatment of them off-camera was just slightly less deranged. Wait, what? For instance, Hitchcock cast an unknown called Tippi Hedren in the lead role for The Birds -- presumably because he knew that a famous star wouldn't be quite as receptive to having massive piles of crap unleashed on her. Bird crap, to be more specific: For five days of filming, Hitchcock would throw live birds directly at the actress, peck, scratch and shit all over her. Not satisfied with the resulting terror, he ordered that the birds be physically tied to her, and one of them just missed clawing her eye out. "Can you do that one again?" All those scenes of the girl losing it in The Birds? She really is that scared, and since this was her big break, she didn't dare saying anything. The whole thing reduced Hedren to tears. And then things got worse: Hitchcock became infatuated with Hedren, which he demonstrated by paying staff to follow her on her time off and sexually propositioning her (because chicks love guys who throw birds at them). When Hedren refused and demanded to be let out of her contract, the director vowed to ruin her career. And he did: For the next few years, Hedren remained under contract but made no movies. When she was finally released, demand for her had died down, and she spent the remainder of her acting career in relative obscurity. Today this woman is better known as the mother of Melanie Griffith. Think about that for a second. So what -- he had a weird relationship with one actress. We've all been there, right? Well, another of Hitchcock's victims was the lead actress of The 39 Steps. He'd shout "Bring on the Birmingham tart!" when calling for her on the set, and at one point he left her handcuffed to her male costar for hours until she developed bruises. Then in one scene, he needed a "shocked" reaction from her, so he started unbuttoning his pants as if he was going to whip out his cock. For the love of God, DON'T PAN DOWN. http://thechive.com/2016/03/12/its-...-was-even-weirder-than-you-thought-13-photos/ 1 Getty Images He was a secret binger as a child. According to an article published by the Telegraph in January 2013, the director gorged on fried fish and mounds of bacon in order to build an “armor of fat” against him and the world. Some say this was a strange response to his Catholic upbringing. 2 Getty Images He had a life-long fear of the police. Rationally enough, his phobia stemmed from a childhood trauma, when he was sent by his father to the local station with a hand-written note asking the duty officer to lock him away for five minutes as punishment. 3 What else did he fear? Eggs. He said, “I’m frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes… Have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid? Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I’ve never tasted it.” 4 Last fear: watching his own films. “I’m frightened of my own movies.,” he said. “I never go to see them. I don’t know how people can bear to watch my movies.” 5 He once tried to buy up all copies of the original Psycho novel ahead of the film’s release, so that hardly anyone would know how the movie ended. “He also filmed on a closed set and forced cast and crew to sign an agreement promising not to mention the ending to anyone. There were no advance screenings,” The Guardian reported. 6 Getty Images Hitchcock worked with a lot of top talent in Hollywood, but his most trusted advisor was his wife, Alma Reville. Neville served as a writer, script supervisor, editor and assistant director on dozens of Hitchcock’s early films, and he came to value her opinion above all others. As a young director, he was even known to look over to Reville after each take and ask, “Was it all right?” before moving on to the next shot. 7 When he won his Lifetime Achievement award in 1979, he joked with friends that he must be about to die soon. He died a year later. 8 He once gave a then 6-year-old Melanie Griffith a doll that looked like her mother. Which would have been nice, except the doll was in a coffin. 9 He is the “voice” of the Jaws ride at Universal Studios. 10 Hitchcock was set to shoot a scene in Disneyland once, but Disney rejected him. Why? Because he made “that disgusting movie”…AKA “Psycho.” 11 Hitchcock wanted Cary Grant to crawl into Abraham Lincoln’s nose in the climatic last scene of North By Northwest, where he would sneeze and give away his position to the bad guys. In fact, that’s pretty much the defining reason he choice to shoot the movie. Sadly, the Mount Rushmore monument was considered off-limits. 12 Hitchcock had only one child, his daughter Patricia. She was in many of his movies, but he didn’t publicize this. She had small roles in films such as “Psycho,” and “Strangers on a Train.” 13 For one of his most elaborate stunts, Hitchcock bet one of his crew that the man couldn’t spend a whole night locked in handcuffs. The crewman accepted, only to later find that the director had secretly dosed him with a laxative before slapping on the cuffs. Just think about what he would do when he wasn’t joking around. Now go celebrate some more by doing something creepy.