Every filmmaker working in the genre is chasing the Master. There's a whole subgenre -the Hitchcock-ian Thriller- made up of films that are either pastiches sampling his whole body of work or films serving as direct homages. We have multiple generations that know the tropes he invented, and whenever viewing a new genre entry, in the back of the mind, there's a hope of that same rush; the experience achieved viewing even his lesser films.
Obviously, De Palma is the most ardent disciple, and he has films like DRESSED TO KILL and BODY DOUBLE that are arguably on par with the iinfluence. However, Richard Franklin and Curtis Hanson are also legends for how excitedly they played around with formula.
<QT once said he preferred PSYCHO II to PSYCHO, and i'm not mad at him>
It's exciting when coming across filmmakers not directly beholden to Hitch; directors who have their own flavor. I'm a big fan of Harold Becker, and MALICE is his masterpiece. It plays with expectations, and breaks most of the rules. His THE BLACK MARBLE is kind of forgotten, but has this pitch black humor mixed in with flirting with Noir set up and mystery. It's brilliant. SEA OF LOVE, another Becker film, is fun sleazy and unapologetically wacky.
It's also fun when an unexpected Director dips their toe in the genre. Blake Edwards' EXPERIMENT IN TERROR is amazing. Maybe my favorite Thriller from the 60's. Also awesome is Jonathan Demme's LAST EMBRACE. It's DePalma-esque in its influence and mood, but the nods are fun, and Demme deftly pulls off level of suspense here that he failed to do in later genre attempts.
Another favorite deep cut is the Doris Day vehicle MIDNIGHT LACE. Give it a look if it pops up on TCM.
So.....let's discuss the best of the best -your genre favorites, and the odd ducks that are really fun and successful in their own way. If you want to mention giallos that drift and influence excitedly to mainstream genre, and fans might appreciate, go ahead.
Have at it.