Strangers on a Train might actually be my favorite Hitchcockian thriller ever. With the utmost realistic and thought-provoking story The Master of Suspense wanted to show the world that even some of the regular folks have their moments of sheer evil. When given a chance, those bloody ruthless creatures are able to construct a plan so diabolical in its simplicity, that its execution may be only a matter of time, utterly devious blackmailing technique and ferocious persuasive skills.
With its drastically spellbinding noir atmosphere, and a mood so tense that it’s almost distressing, Strangers on a Train shows a story so unusual, yet, surprisingly, so believable in its deep horror that it makes the viewer contemplate about its purpose and how he/she would react, drawn into a deadly intrigue of the most horrible kind. Farley Granger is stupendous as the loathsome, but perfectly adequate man, whose murderous plan seems to give him so much fun. Robert Walker is likewise as convincing as Granger in his depiction of a helpless young guy, who is unwittingly placed in a bizarre and shocking situation, without even a chance of turning back.
With is well-written script, beautiful and rich visuals, memorable scenes (the killing and close-up of the glasses gave me the shivers), and Hitchcock‘s most precise direction, Stranger on a Train marks another milestone in the Master’s career.