This Ordinary Food Terrified Alfred Hitchcock

One of the best directors and filmmakers in the horror game, Alfred Hitchcock, really knew how to make our blood run cold. As shared by the Twitter account of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Hitchcock famously said, "Always make the audience suffer as much as possible." And, boy did he!

Do you remember the chills that went down your spine during the scene in "The Birds" (via YouTube) when those crows took over the jungle gym as the school children eerily sang in the background? Or, what about the goosebumps you got when Norman Bates told Marion Crane exactly why he liked to stuff birds as she ate dinner surrounded by his flightless feathered friends during that sequence in the motel in "Psycho" (via YouTube)? Talk about creepy! Though Hitchcock used birds to relentlessly petrify us, it turns out they are also able to produce something that would have made the Master of Suspense more than a little uneasy himself.

Alfred Hitchcock was afraid of eggs

In an interview, Hitchcock revealed some of his fears to Oriana Fallaci, and one of those fears was eggs! He explained to the journalist how he didn't like the look of them from the outside: "I'm frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes ... Brr!" And, apparently he didn't care for their insides either, as he illustrated rather graphically: "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" (via Scraps from the Loft).

Though, Hitchcock had a distinct fear of eggs, he wasn't afraid to use food in his own pranks he played on unsuspecting victims. Guests who were invited to one of Hitchcock's dinner parties didn't know what they were in for! According to an interview that was published in the book, "Alfred Hitchock: Interviews," the famous director once had a dinner party where all the dishes had something in common — they were all blue! Hitchcock explained: "Even when you broke your roll. It looked like a brown roll but when you broke it open it was blue. Blue soup, thick blue soup. Blue trout. Blue chicken. Blue ice cream" (via Google Books). Sounds like if you weren't one for surprises, Hitchcock was one legendary prankster you might not want to egg on!