Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hitchcock Halloween Food Fight

Alma Hitchcock serves her husband

Some foods harm. Some foods heal.
And some foods kill!

Such as in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Lamb To The Slaughter."

In which a housewife bashes her husband's head in with a frozen leg of lamb!
Like so:
Lamb Slam!

But he had it coming, he had it coming, he only had himself to blame!
(Sorry, that song from the movie "Chicago" just popped in my head.)
She was very pregnant and he was leaving her for another woman.

She, Mary, who's superbly portrayed by Barbara Bel Geddes, is so sweet.
The police don't suspect a thing when she serves them the murder weapon.

While eating it and discussing where the weapon could be,
the lieutenant says the following:
"For all we know, it might be right under our very noses."

The episode ends with Mary giggling to herself in the other room.

Never had I seen food being used as a weapon,
other than when it contained Hitch's staple, poison.
So when I saw this as a child, it blew my little mind!
It terrified me, which is why I chose to write about it.

You can read the story, which was written by Roald Dahl, here.

A more recent example of fighting with food is in "Trick 'r Treat."
(Which is playing all day today on FEARnet and also On Demand.)
The Spirit of Halloween aka Sam's weapon of choice is a lollipop.

Thanks to FEARnet, I'm now the proud owner of a replica of it!
You can enter to win some goodies of your own from them here.

Back to Hitchcock and food.
Here's how to make Quiche Lorraine using his recipe:

Vincent Price also has a Quiche Lorraine recipe.

Perhaps they're fighting over whose recipe is best here?
Actually this was taken during his appearance on AHP.
You can watch the episode "The Perfect Crime" here.

Want more Hitch? Of course you do!
Tune into the AHP marathon on Antenna TV
and hop on over to Backlots' blogathon here!

Happy Halloween!


  1. Murder by leg of lamb! Now that's what I call resourceful! :D

    Happy Halloween, Holly! ❤

  2. You've reminded me that Hitchcock would have been a good choice for Halloween night, but I ended up going with0 "Bram Stoker's Dracula." Oh well, there's always next year!

    1. Dracula is also a great choice! Hope you had a happy Halloween!

  3. Thank you for providing the link for the episode, it seems something with a cery original plot! I'm sure I won't forget this plot and never see the leg of a lamb the same way again.
    Don't forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! :)

    1. I don't think I linked to that one, but you can view it here!
      Hope you enjoy, and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  4. Hi Holly!
    Frozen leg of lamb! I work at a library, and I am ordering up that episode. I have to see it in it's entirety. Simply have to. I love your blog. It's funny cute and colorful. Just like you, I imagine. So with that said, Congratulations! You are the recipient of the Sunshine Award! Until next time, Holly...Keep those fires stoked!
    Eternally Yours

    1. Hope you enjoyed the episode!
      Thank you so much for the compliments and the award! :D

    2. Your Welcome! Well deserved, for sure. We're all in this together, and I'm finding Horror Bloggers rock...hard....I haven't seen it yet, although I did order that episode yesterday at the library. We actually had it! Albeit at another branch, so I have to wait a few days. Man, he must have been a real jerk to get the ol' leg o lamb treatment. I'm glad he got his oats, I mean leg, no, probably not gettin much leg, but, I'm glad he got his lamb. Oh, whatever! haha. Until next time...Keep those fires stoked, Holly.
      Eternally Yours

    3. Yes indeedy, we Horror Bloggers are like a family. A bloody awesome one!
      If you can't wait to see the ep, you can watch it on YouTube. :) I'm sure you'll agree the horrible hubby got his just desserts, er dinner! lol.
      I'll be posting the award soon, by the way. Thanks again!

    4. YouTube! Yes! I forgot! IT IS 2013, and we can YouTube! haha. I had to resort to YouTube not too long ago, when Eaten Alive! on my 50 Horror Classics, 5 disc set, that I'm going through and writing on, stopped...not at the end, either! lol. Like just a few minutes before the end. And I'm like, oh my gosh, wth? No ending! haha. So I searched and found the ending to Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive! on YouTube, which I'm sure he's not too pleased that it's available on YouTube, but I sure was. Sorry Mr. Hooper. It was only the last nine minutes, but I'm sure if I searched real hard I could.......

  5. Holly! Oh my gosh, get this! So I get season three of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, right? And I google the number of the episode, and it says #28, right? And guess who the writer is?! It blew my ever lovin' mind! ROALD DAHL! Like thee Roald Dahl! Witches and Matilda and James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl! Isn't that a trip?!

    1. Yess! I found that out when I wrote this post and it blew my mind too! It makes sense though, right? Him and Hitch are a perfect pair!
      Also in reply to your last comment, thank Jeebus for YouTube! lol

    2. Ya for sure! And they are a match made in hell for sure...just like Christopher and Peter. Aw..the Birthday Boys! I think it may very well have been like his life story. I haven't done enough research on him to know for sure, but I know his protagonists were always children and his antagonists were always adults. It would surprise me a bit, if his old man hadn't done something like that to his mom when she was pregnant with him. And that's just how he'd wished it would have ended. With dear old mom bashing him in the head with a leg o lamb. Aw Lamb to the Slaughter. Too awesome for words, and the murder weapon? "....right under our noses." hahaha good stuff. Well, night.