52 years ago Alfred Hitchcock show for the first time on the cinemas PSYCHO, one of his best movies and one of the best movies of all times.
I haven’t have the pleasure to watch Psycho at the cinemas, only on DVD, and for me is one of my top 10 movies. I remember feeling such tension that my eyes start to hurt because I could not blink. It was and still is amazing.
I think it’s incredible the way he puts terror in the public mind and not necessarily on the screen.
Like in the movie Psycho, has a horrible (and very famous) scene on the beginning, the girl being murdered in the shower, as the film develop has less and less physical horror in to it. The horror was left in the mind of the audience – less and less violence but the tension in the mind of the viewer it has been increased. By the end there was no violence but the audience was screaming in agony. Simply genius!!!
The Fox Searchlight production began filming in April of 2012, co-starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, directed by Gervasi and produced by Alan Barnette and Tom Thayer. Black Swan co-writer John J. McLaughlin wrote the first screenplay drafts; subsequently, Stephen Rebello wrote additional drafts that shifted the focus of the film to the complex personal and professional relationship of Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, during the filming of the life-changing Psycho.
Scarlett Johansson was announced on March 2, 2012 to play the original 1960 film’s biggest box-office star, Janet Leigh, along with James D’Arcy as Psycho’s lead, Anthony Perkins and Jessica Biel as Vera Miles. On March 21, additional cast members were announced including Toni Collette as the director’s trusted assistant, Danny Huston as screenwriter-playwright Whitfield Cook, Michael Stuhlbarg as powerful agent and studio boss Lew Wasserman, Michael Wincott as psychopathic murderer Ed Gein, Ralph Macchio as screenwriter Joseph Stefano and Richard Portnow as legendary Paramount Studios boss Barney Balaban and Wallace Langham as graphic designer Saul Bass.
You’ve got time, so I recommend that you check out the book beforehand. It’s a great read for Hitchcock (and classic cinema) fans.
Click here for more information about Rebello and his work! Also here’s a link to an excerpt from the first chapter of Rebello’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Warning: it’s not proper reading for the weak of heart or stomach. It’s a look at the real-life serial killer- a man who was actually psychotic- who inspired Hitchcock to create Norman Bates.
And here are five things you didn’t know about the making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello: