10 sadistic pranks pulled by Alfred Hitchcock

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10 sadistic pranks pulled by Alfred Hitchcock
He once sent a horse to the dressing room of Gerald Du Maurier "just to see how he would react to inconvenience."
It's common knowledge now that Hitchcock tortured Tippi Hedren unmercifully during filming for 'The Birds,' but what you may not know is that he actually took a swipe at her 6-year-old daughter as well, who happens to be Melanie Griffith. Hitchcock gave the little girl a wax figure of her mother in a coffin, dressed up in the same costume she wore in 'The Birds' -- and he made sure it looked exactly like her mother. Creepy.

While filming 'The 39 Steps,' Hitchcock had Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll handcuffed together and pretended to have lost the key for many hours. The two had just met and allegedly had quite an awkward afternoon.

Actor Peter Lorre once complained to Hitchcock about a suit he had ruined during filming. Alfred told him he was acting like a child, but nonetheless sent him a fully tailored new suit -- in a child's size.


The seemingly psychotic clowns roaming the streets of California towns this past week are downright terrifying. Whether they were inspired by 'American Horror Story's' new Twisty the Clown character or just coincidentally emerged at a time when our collective fear of killer clowns are at an all-time high, someone is surely having a good laugh about the terror being inflicted on unsuspecting bystanders.

In honor of this twisted prank, we've compiled ten sadistic practical jokes from a quiet prank master in his own right -- Alfred Hitchcock. It's not shocking, considering his filmography, that Hitchcock liked to pull one over on his friends every once in a while, but by all accounts he was downright mean with a lot of his stunts. Everyone from his star actresses to his own child were considered fair game and he seemingly refused to pull any punches. Scroll through the images above to read Alfred Hitchcock's top 10 ruthless pranks.

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