Category Archives: Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay by Joseph Stefano
Based on the novel by Robert Bloch
It would be stupid of me to try to review Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The film is a well-established classic of not only the horror and suspense genre, but of cinema in general. Without it, several of the horror films of today would not exist. Without Norman Bates there would be no John Doe (Se7en), no Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs). The landscape of film would be forever altered. Steven Spielberg would have never made Jaws if he had not first been a student of Hitchcock’s masterful style of building an almost unbearable level of suspense. Almost the entire film catalog of Brian DePalma would cease to exist without this film. No Sisters or Body Double. No Carrie, no Blow-Out and no Raising Cain. Do you get my point? Do I need to name dozens more films that would never exist, dozens of careers that would never be the same without the influence of this monumental masterpiece? Okay, what about the slasher film? If Black Christmas is the father of the modern day slasher film, then Psycho is that films’ proud grandfather.
Alright, maybe I’ve beaten this horse as much as I can without killing it. All I am trying to say in a way that will make this commentary longer than four words is that Psycho is a classic. It is as deserving of that title as much as The Godfather, The Exorcist or Jaws. If you have yet to see it after 51 years then you are missing out on a work of art presented to you by the Master himself, Alfred Hitchcock.
Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously from Robert Bloch for only US$9,000. He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret.
In the opening scene, Marion Crane is wearing a white bra because Alfred Hitchcockwanted to show her as being “angelic”. After she has taken the money, the following scene has her in a black bra because now she has done something wrong and evil. Similarly, before she steals the money, she has a white purse; after she’s stolen the money, her purse is black.
First American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen.