Scare Tactics: Six by Hitchcock

The Lodger
  • August 31, 2014 - 2:00pm

Scare Tactics: Six by Hitchcock presents THE LODGER

"A serial killer known as "The Avenger" is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room to rent. The Bunting's daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the avenger." Col Needham,

UK 1926; with Ivor Novello, June, Marie Ault, Malcolm Keen; 90 minutes

Introduction by Dr. Rick Worland

Dr. Worland received his PhD in Motion Picture/Television Critical Studies from UCLA. He is a Professor in the Division of Film & Media Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where his teaching subjects include film history, documentary, popular genres including the Western and the horror film, television history, and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. His work has been published in Cinema Journal, The Journal of Film and Video, and The Journal of Popular Film and Television, among others. His first book, The Horror Film: An Introduction, appeared in 2007 from Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. He is currently working on a new book for Wiley-Blackwell, Ultimate Trips: Hollywood Films in the Vietnam Era, 1960-1979.

Described by Hitchcock himself as "the first true Hitchcock movie," this masterfully silent thriller is set in a fog-bound London terrorized by a Jack the Ripper-style murderer known only as The Avenger. His victims, all young blonde women, are discovered each Tuesday night. This is one of the great British silent era crime films, starring matinée idol Ivor Novello as the mysterious new lodger who appears to be acting rather strangely.

This screening is silent with live musical accompaniment performed by Curtis Heath.

Musician and composer Curtis Heath lives in Fort Worth, Texas. He plays guitar, sings, and writes songs for The Theater Fire, who will release their fourth album in 2014. As a composer for films, he has provided original music for four feature films in the last two years, three of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. These include AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, HELLION starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, and PIT STOP, which was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2014. Heath will perform with local musicians and frequent collaborators T. J. Prendergast and Chad Walls who will provide additional music and sound effects.

T. J. Prendergast is a percussionist from the DFW area who has been performing with regional acts for two decades. After several years of managing a theater, he matriculated to UT Dallas's Sound Design Program, where he began studying the art of foley and sound effects. In collaboration with the Lone Star Film Society, he recently performed a live foley session for William Wellman's 1927 silent classic WINGS. T. J. lives in Oak Cliff with his wife and cat.

Chad Walls is a musician from Dallas. As a multi-instrumentalist and audio/visual engineer, he has been deeply involved with local music for several decades. His live performances with the groups Eyes Wings & Many Other Things and Water Falls incorporate film loops, sound design, and synesthetic visuals. While hearkening back to the 1960s Brotherhood of Light collective, Chad's audio/visual performances are firmly forward looking.

The film is a restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Network Releasing, and Park Circus Films. Principal restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, and Simon W Hessel.

Additional funding provided by British Board of Film Classification, Deluxe 142, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, and Ian & Beth Mill.


The Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth finish out the summer with an exciting series showcasing six pivotal Alfred Hitchcock films. The selected films explore the power of Hitchcock’s distinctive style in two of his nine silent films and four of his later masterpieces.

Over a career spanning more than half a century, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, nicknamed the Master of Suspense, fashioned a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. His pioneering camera techniquemimicking a person's gaze, forces viewers to engage in a disturbing form of voyeurism. His framed shots maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and his use of innovative film editing is legendary. Hitchcock stories often feature fugitives falsely accused and on the run from the law with "icy blonde" female beauties as their accomplices and/or nemeses. Renowned for their surprise twist endings, thrilling plots and witty dialogue, his films often borrow themes from psychoanalysis and feature highly artistic depictions of intrigue, murder and crime. 

Often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker, Hitchcock was first choice in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain's Daily Telegraph, which said: "Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from us) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else.”

Screenings will be held in the Modern Art Museum Auditorium. The screenings of BLACKMAIL and THE LODGER will feature live musical accompaniment. Tickets are $9/$7 for Modern members and $6 for Modern Reel People and Lone Star members. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or by calling the Modern, 817.738.9215. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Modern beginning two hours prior to show time.