The Master of Suspense debuted what would become one of the most influential movies ever made on this same day 54 years ago. Happy anniversary, "Psycho!"
It seems almost unbelievable now to us modern viewers that the award-winning, legendary horror film “Psycho” by Alfred Hitchcock was fraught with serious difficulties almost in the entirety of its making, so much so that the filmmaker had to produce and shoulder the finances himself and use his own production crew. “Psycho” was based on the eponymous Robert Bloch novel inspired in turn by the real-life case of murderer Ed Gein. It was released at a time when the strict Motion Picture Production Code was still in effect, which sufficiently explains the controversy that Hitchcock and his movie faced back then.
“Psycho” starred Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, Vera Miles as Lila Crane, and John Gavin as Sam Loomis. Despite the controversy that it went through before it even premiered, “Psycho” proved to be worthy gamble for Hitchcock as it received raves from the viewing public and, a bit later on, the film critics. There is a lot of interesting stories regarding the creation of “Psycho,” but perhaps one of the most notable ones was how Hitchcock so guarded the movie’s plot that he refused to have his cast promote the film, hold private screenings for the press so they had to see it at the same time with everyone else, and had theater owners implement a “no late admission” policy. Prior to filming, Hitchcock was even said to have ordered his assistant Peggy Robertson to buy all the copies she could in an attempt to preserve the surprise-ridden plot!
Of course, we all know now that the film itself has risen to become an icon, but it also has certain things that became widely popular, too – such as the infamous shower scene and its accompanying jarring score, the brainchild of composer Bernard Hermann. It has long been hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. In 1992, the US Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in its Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
It has been more than half a century since the world was introduced to “Psycho,” yet its unquestionable influence in today’s cinema remains. Now that’s what you call defying the odds!
All information in this article were sourced from Wikipedia.
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