This is one of my favourite early Hitchcocks, and of all his films I believe it is the one that most brilliantly (and repeatedly) demonstrates his malevolent sense of humor. This is a dark humor, to say the least, and takes great pleasure in the monstrous quotidian. Of all my favourite artists, Hitchcock may be my favourite antihumanist. But Hitch doesn't hate us, exactly. He relishes all that is bent and deranged.