Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Going Psycho with Hitchcock

So, Joey and I like true life stories like Mommy Dearest, Mask, Sid and Nancy.  It’s interesting to see a glimpse into the lives off people we’ve of, the more factual the better, especially when they nail the look, sound, and mannerisms.

Hitchcock’s no different.  We’d intended to check it out in theaters when it came in ’12 but couldn’t make it happen.

Most people know Alfred Hitchcock as one of the all-time masters of suspense and psychological horror, with Psycho his notable.  Hitchcock covers the timespan of the making of the film.

Watching his movies, anybody can tell he had a wickedly dark sense of humor, but it crossed over to real life, with his wife taking the brunt of it.  His own insecurities with getting older and thinking his wife having an affair, molded the plot as well...specifically, when he visualized her when filming the notorious shower death sequence with Janet Leigh.  He said Anthony Perkins wasn’t being brutal enough, so he personally took the knife to “demonstrate” how to kill his wife…Leigh, who was visibly rocked.  His insecurities coupled with his fascination with Wisconsin women serial killer/cannibalist, Ed Gein, who had mommy issues and based on the novel of the same name by Robert Bloch, bore Psycho.

We watch as Hitchcock loses himself as filming continues like Norman does throughout the movie until he and his wife have it out.

Sir Anthony Hopkins plays Hitchcock and legendary Helen Mirren plays his wife Alma while James D'Arcy plays Anthony Perkins and Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh impeccably.

Afterward, we watched Psycho with new eyes followed by Gus Van Sant’s remake with Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche.  We could appreciate it better, but still, Vaughn can’t touch Perkins…he’s too much of a comedian.  We also decided the music drowned out the subtly.

If you guys like bios, give Hitchcock a go, you’ll think the man’s been reincarnated and you’ll learn a bit about one of film’s most popular horror/suspense masterpieces to boot.

Be good to each other.


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