Trivia / Ratman's Notebooks

  • Avoid The Dreaded R Rating: The movie was shot for an R rating. However, after the studio saw that recent PG-13 horror films were making big buck (such as The Ring), they asked for language and some violence to be edited down to compete.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: Michael Jackson's performance of "Ben" (which was written for the original movie's 1973 sequel) is probably more popular than either the book or the two movies.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The book is out of print (though it can be found on amazon, the copies are often in horrible condition) and the 1971 movie is only on VHS.
    • The book was finally reprinted by Valacount Books in 2013.
    • Shout! Factory is FINALLY releasing the film on Blu-ray/DVD in 2017.
  • Too Soon: Arguably an inversion. Robert Bloch wrote Psycho when the Ed Gein case was still fresh in the public's mind. For whatever reason, Gilbert waited 8 years. Each book was adapted to film, and each film had a remake, but Bloch's yarn is definitely more well-known. If there was ever a case against tactfulness, this would be it.