A Shower with Norman BatesI read earlier that today is the 50th anniversary of the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and I thought it might be appropriate to make mention of that before I go shower.
Psycho is now, of course, considered a classic, but I was surprised to learn that it opened to not-so-great reviews: “There is not an abundance of subtlety or the lately familiar Hitchcock bent toward significant and colorful scenery in this obviously low-budget job,” Bosley Crowther wrote in a June 17, 1960, New York Times review.
Like now, though, even bad reviews didn’t keep the public away; the film broke box office records all over the world and would ultimately become Hitchcock’s most successful movie.
Some random Psycho trivia:
Anthony Perkins was paid $40,000 for his role, which is exactly the same amount of money that Marion Crane embezzles.And some random music about Norman Bates:
Marion’s white 1957 Ford sedan is the same car (owned by Universal) that the Cleaver family drove on “Leave It to Beaver”
Psycho was the first American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen.
In the murder scene in the shower, there are only two split second frames of the knife actually touching the body.
Norman Bates.mp3 ~ Utopians
Norman Bates.mp3 ~ Bright Light Fever
Norman Bates.mp3 ~ The Tailgators
Norman Bates.mp3 ~ from a German electronica collection titled Cyberworld II
A Shower with Norman Bates.mp3 ~ Etienne & Moi