History Trivia / Psycho

26th Oct '17 4:38:50 AM jormis29
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* BillingDisplacement: Done deliberately by the advertising, which promoted Janet Leigh as the star of the film. Ironically in the credits she is given AndStarring - whereas she still has more screen time than Vera Miles and John Gavin, who get second and third billing.

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* BillingDisplacement: Done deliberately by the advertising, which promoted Janet Leigh as the star of the film. Ironically in the credits she is given AndStarring - whereas she still has more screen time than Vera Miles Creator/VeraMiles and John Gavin, who get second and third billing.



** Vera Miles was unhappy while making the film, disliking Lila's "matronly" wardrobe. She was convinced that the unflattering clothes were Hitchcock's way of punishing her for being unable to star in ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''.

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** Vera Miles Creator/VeraMiles was unhappy while making the film, disliking Lila's "matronly" wardrobe. She was convinced that the unflattering clothes were Hitchcock's way of punishing her for being unable to star in ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''.
7th Oct '17 11:20:56 AM JulianLapostat
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** It was also a BlackSheepHit for Hitchcock, whose movies before and after ''Psycho'' were sophisticated thrillers with high production values, crossing the line between action movie and drama. He was inspired to make this film as a result of his fondness for Creator/WilliamCastle's films.

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** It was also a BlackSheepHit for Hitchcock, whose movies before and after ''Psycho'' were sophisticated thrillers with high production values, crossing the line between action movie and drama. He was inspired to make this film as a result of his fondness for Creator/WilliamCastle's films. As such many who come to see ''Psycho'' (which is often the first, and in some cases only, Hitchcock film people see) can leave with an impression that Hitchcock made cheap slasher-film with shocking twists when in all of these cases, ''Psycho'' was an exception and Hitchcock generally disliked plot-twists and averted them for most his career.
17th Sep '17 3:52:21 PM cwf123
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Gus van Sant's 1999 remake, thanks to the only new line of dialogue van Sant put in the script. Creator/JulianneMoore as Lila is listening to a Sony Walkman when she's introduced, and she says "Let me get my Walkman" when she and Sam are leaving his hardware store.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Gus van Sant's 1999 1998 remake, thanks to the only new line of dialogue van Sant put in the script. Creator/JulianneMoore as Lila is listening to a Sony Walkman when she's introduced, and she says "Let me get my Walkman" when she and Sam are leaving his hardware store.
25th Feb '17 9:52:59 PM JulianLapostat
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* NoBudget: The studio had such distaste for the source material, they gave Hitchcock very little money. Because of this, the film was shot in black and white.

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* NoBudget: The studio Paramount studios had such real distaste for the source material, they gave material. Hitchcock very agreed to make it on a low-budget and take a pay cut in exchange for a percentage of the film's gross (and given the phenomenal success and high profit margin, he was laughing all the way to the bank). The film however is still a little money. Because more expensive than actual low-budget films of this, the film was shot in black time, such as Creator/WilliamCastle's films and white.BMovie which inspired it.



* PlayingWithCharacterType: Bates initially appears to be the same sort of character Perkins was known for playing up to that time - a likeable, socially awkward supporting role. This makes the TwistEnding all the more shocking.

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* PlayingWithCharacterType: Bates initially appears to be the same sort of character Perkins was known for playing up to that time - a likeable, socially awkward supporting role. This makes the TwistEnding all the more shocking.shocking, especially since it was drastically different from how Norman was in Bloch's book.



* RealitySubtext: Part of Hitchcock's love for the story was because he sympathised with Norman - having also grown up with a rather domineering mother. Thankfully she was not as bad as Mrs Bates. Likewise the screenwriter wrote the screenplay while he was in therapy, dealing with the troubled relationship with his own mother.

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* RealitySubtext: Part of Hitchcock's love for the story was because he sympathised with Norman - having also grown up with a rather domineering mother. Thankfully she was not as bad as Mrs Bates. Likewise the screenwriter Joseph Stefano, wrote the screenplay while he was in therapy, dealing with the troubled relationship with his own mother.mother, and was drafted by Hitchcock to specifically highlight the Freudian nature of the story.



** The same applies to Janet Leigh. Although not subject to typecasting afterwards, pretty much all she is really remembered for was the shower scene.

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** The same applies to Janet Leigh. Although not subject to typecasting afterwards, pretty much all she is really remembered for was the shower scene. Movie buffs remember her as one of many promising actresses of the late fifties who appeared in films like ''Film/TheNakedSpur, Film/TheVikings'' and of course ''Film/TouchOfEvil'' (which is what inspired Hitchcock to cast her in this film) but none of them were as famous and culturally influential as this film.



** He also wanted the opening zoom in to Marion's afternoon delight to be a [[TheOner single continuous shot]], but the technology to do this didn't exist at the time. Restoring that idea now that it did exist is pretty much the only legitimate reason for the existence of the Gus van Sant remake.

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** He also wanted the opening zoom in to Marion's afternoon delight to be a [[TheOner single continuous shot]], shot]] a la ''Film/TouchOfEvil'', but the technology to do this didn't exist at the time. Restoring that idea now that it did exist is pretty much the only legitimate reason for the existence of the Gus van Sant remake.
25th Feb '17 9:45:00 PM JulianLapostat
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* GenreKiller: Many film historians consider ''Psycho'' to the be movie that killed FilmNoir, as the purpose of the first hour or so is to continuously set up and subvert the tropes of that genre.

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* GenreKiller: Many film historians consider ''Psycho'' ''Psycho'', alongside ''Film/TouchOfEvil'' (which inspired it) to be the be movie that killed FilmNoir, as the purpose of the first hour or so is to continuously set up FilmNoir. Others go further and subvert the tropes of insist that genre.it ended UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood altogether, because the film's utter lack of idealization, the fact that characters are AntiHero at best, that the sympathetic male lead (played by John Gavin) is himself a SympatheticAdulterer, that the villain Norman Bates is someone the audience is ''intended'' to identify with on some level, and the fact that the film's two distinct halves joined together by the famous shower-scene utterly shatters the Hollywood narrative and three-act structure. More to the point, the film did all this, and ''became a major global box-office hit''.
25th Feb '17 9:40:46 PM JulianLapostat
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** It was also a BlackSheepHit for Hitchcock, who had never directed a horror film before.

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** It was also a BlackSheepHit for Hitchcock, who had never directed a horror whose movies before and after ''Psycho'' were sophisticated thrillers with high production values, crossing the line between action movie and drama. He was inspired to make this film before.as a result of his fondness for Creator/WilliamCastle's films.
1st Feb '17 12:58:11 PM Morgenthaler
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** The original book was this for Creator/RobertBloch, most of whose horror fiction involved the CthulhuMythos.

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** The original book was this for Creator/RobertBloch, most of whose horror fiction involved the CthulhuMythos.Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
9th Jan '17 9:40:06 AM Mario1995
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* ChannelHop: ''Psycho'' was first distributed by Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures, then in 1968 was sold to Creator/{{Universal}} Studios due to studio Shamley Productions getting acquired by Universal parent MCA and Paramount wanting to get their name off the movie as soon as possible (see TroubledProduction below).
9th Jan '17 9:36:34 AM Mario1995
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* TroubledProduction: More like troubled ''pre''-production. Hitchcock was repeatedly mocked by executives at Creator/{{Paramount}} who refused to fund the film because of its controversial subject matter, going as far as refusing to grant him access to their sound stages by ''falsely'' claiming they had all been taken up. This caused Hitchcock to take the bill for the movie himself and finance it through his company, Shamley Productions, and shoot the movie at the Universal lot. When the movie was finished, Paramount reluctantly agreed to distribute the film, but only for eight years since MCA had bought Hitchcock's stake in Shamley in 1964, allowing Paramount to clean their hands of the movie and pass it on to Universal four years later.
31st Oct '16 3:38:51 PM fearlessnikki
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* AffectionateParody / AdamWesting: Anthony Perkins hosted an episode in the first season of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' which included an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhhTb4SoaaU almost-obligatory, and hysterical, Norman Bates skit]].

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* AffectionateParody / AdamWesting: AdamWesting:
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Anthony Perkins hosted an episode in the first season of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' which included an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhhTb4SoaaU almost-obligatory, and hysterical, Norman Bates skit]].



* BillingDisplacement: Done deliberately by the advertising, which promoted Janet Leigh as the star of the film. Ironically in the credits she is given AndStarring - whereas she still has more screen time than Vera Miles and John Gavin, who get second and third billing.



* CreatorBacklash: Averted with Anthony Perkins. While acknowledging that starring in the film led to him being [[TypeCasting typecast]] as a maniac killer, when he was asked if he still would have taken the role knowing what it would do to his career, he replied with a definite "yes."

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* CreatorBacklash: CreatorBacklash:
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Averted with Anthony Perkins. While acknowledging that starring in the film led to him being [[TypeCasting typecast]] as a maniac killer, when he was asked if he still would have taken the role knowing what it would do to his career, he replied with a definite "yes.""
** Alfred Hitchcock apparently disliked the performance of John Gavin, who played Sam, and referred to him as "the stiff".
** Vera Miles was unhappy while making the film, disliking Lila's "matronly" wardrobe. She was convinced that the unflattering clothes were Hitchcock's way of punishing her for being unable to star in ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''.



* EnforcedMethodActing: An urban legend is that Hitchcock arranged for the shower to suddenly go cold to get the appropriate screams out of Janet Leigh.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: An urban legend is that ExecutiveMeddling:
** The censors wanted to cut the shot of the toilet flushing. But
Hitchcock arranged for insisted that it was important to the shower to suddenly go cold to get plot - the appropriate screams out torn up paper proving that Marion stayed in the motel. And so the film is the first to show a toilet flushing on screen.
** Another shot cut by the censors was
of Janet Leigh.Marion removing her black bra before taking the shower. It's included in the UK release.
** John Gavin was cast as Sam Loomis at the insistence of the studio.



* {{Jossed}}:
** Anthony Perkins isn't the one doing the stabbing in the shower scene. Popular legend says because of Broadway commitments. But it was actually a deliberate move by Hitchcock, so as not to give the twist away.
** Janet Leigh also Jossed a legend that the shower water went cold to get a scream out of her. According to her, the crew took great care to keep the water warm.



* LyingCreator: Hitchcock lied to the press that he intended to cast Helen Hayes as Mrs Bates. Several actresses wrote to him looking for the part as a result.

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* LyingCreator: Hitchcock lied to the press that he intended to cast Helen Hayes as Mrs Bates. Several actresses wrote to him looking for the part as a result. He even kept a chair on set with 'Mrs Bates' marked on it to fool people even further.
* NoBudget: The studio had such distaste for the source material, they gave Hitchcock very little money. Because of this, the film was shot in black and white.


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* TropeCodifier: For DeadStarWalking, courtesy of Janet Leigh getting killed off after only forty or so minutes of screen time.
* TropeNamer: PsychoStrings for the film's famous score.
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