Monday, 6 May 2013


Having been told his next film after Vertigo would be a failure and a long-drawn out financial loss, British born director and film producer Alfred Hitchcock defiantly made his move in the filming of Psycho.

Famously known for his twisted endings and suspense thrillers, he was worried about being solely labelled as only known for this type of cinematic genre. He wanted something different, to set a new benchmark in American film. Filming the movie on a constrained budget of around $800 000, Psycho had begun it’s process in black and white and on a spare movie set.  

The plot of Psycho was loosely inspired and based on the crimes of the Wisconsin murderer and grave robber Ed Gein. The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, who ends up at a secluded motel after embezzling money from her employer at the motel's disturbed owner, Norman bates, and its aftermath.  

“Hitch” just knew. After cleverly marketing the film in unique ways , by word of mouth, and by use of 'shock tactics', on its first release, Psycho became his best-known film, and later on, a global cult picture. Perhaps what made it stand out from the clutter of movies in the 50’s & 60’s was its then controversial shower scene , naked suggestiveness and shrieking horror music during the famous shower scene. Sticking to his original vision, Hitchcock set a new benchmark for American cinematography, and horror genres.

Having seen the latest motion picture (2013) on his 'behind-the-scenes' story of the making of Psycho starring Anthony Hopkins, I was inspired by Hitchcock's eccentric persistence and creative abilities. 


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