In 1961 houses on Monterey Bay became the target of seagulls. It looked as if the birds carried out suicide attacks, like the kamikaze. This stirred the imagination of Alfred Hitchcock, master of horrors.
The world of serial killers is one of communicating vessels. The original novel by Robert Bloch, which served as the film’s basis, “inspired” serial killer Ed Gein, who in turn became an inspiration for the authors of the Hannibal Lecter character (“The Silence of the Lambs”).