3. Alfred Hitchcock’s Kaleidoscope
What the film was about:
One of several projects that Hitchcock never completed was Kaleidoscope (aka Kaleidoscope Frenzy). In the mid-60s, Hitchcock wanted to revive his sinking career, so he planned to make a movie about a gay bodybuilder who went around killing then raping innocent women. The story was meant to be told entirely from the bodybuilder’s perspective. Hitchcock also wanted to experiment with hand-held filming, the use of natural lighting, and other innovative camera techniques for the time.
Why the film didn’t get made:
Hitchcock himself worried the subject matter might be too extreme, and ultimately MCA studios shut the movie down because they found the protagonist abhorrent and general idea revolting. Some of Hitchcock’s themes, however, would later be used in his 1972 film, Frenzy.
Below is footage from a documentary about the making of Hitchcock’s Kaleidoscope.