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Initial post: May 7, 2010 9:25:15 AM PDT
ĴĴ says:
Whether your favorites were the horrors of "Psycho" or "The Birds" or you preferred just the suspense of "Rear Window" or "Rebecca" you can discuss your favorite Alfred Hitchcock classics here as well as the sequels to his movies whether they were made by him or not.

Posted on May 7, 2010 9:27:08 AM PDT
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Posted on May 7, 2010 9:58:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2012 1:45:13 PM PDT
JJ,

Enjoy those sequels. Nothing can hold a candle to the original, but I do hope you'll be entertained.

We've been talking so much about "Psycho" recently over on the Baronzo, it's good to have a specific thread now. Thanks.

By the way, has everyone seen that terrific and playful trailer that Hitch made for the film before its release? It's great fun, hosted by the Master himself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdxNmvXusM0

He knew what he was doing, whetting the appetite of his audience. Here, he's in his element. And at times very tongue-in-cheek.

"Psycho" is such a simple story but it remains one of the most respected and reverred horror/classic films of cinema history. You can't help but marvel at the creativity behind it-- the wonderful score from Bernard Hermann, the exceptional acting from the cast, the risk-taking by Hitch (killing the heroine halfway into the film, which was unheard of in movies).

I'm looking forward to sharing thoughts and memories with other Hitchcock admirers.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 10:04:18 AM PDT
ĴĴ says:
You know what I don't get? Why the imprint on the bed in the room of Mrs. Bates?

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 10:07:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 7, 2010 10:08:06 AM PDT
ĴĴ says:
re: the trailer

Oooh! I liked it!

He said "bathroom" with such disdain, lol! :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 10:09:06 AM PDT
I believe perhaps Norman kept her corpse in that bed each night; just an idea of mine... either that or her many years of sleeping there left that shape. It's creepy, much more creepy than a regular bed.

My question-- why does Hitch make a point of showing us the title "Eroica" by Beethoven on the little record player in the house? If you look at it quickly it could seem like "Erotica", lol.

Posted on May 7, 2010 10:12:21 AM PDT
ĴĴ says:
I thought that's what the record said at first, too, lol!

Well, I mean, when a normal person goes to bed every night they don't leave an imprint, so why would a corpse? Something was done to the bed, but by who and why? Was this the bed where Mother and her Boyfriend were poisoned?

Posted on May 7, 2010 10:30:31 AM PDT
ronzo says:
Or is it where Norman sleeps! In mummie's bed.

hey, so how about that thon?

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 10:54:00 AM PDT
ĴĴ says:
Or maybe NORMAN changes to MOTHER at night and sleeps there!

But still that wouldn't explain a permanent imprint. I mean, that thing was caused intentionally by someone! :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 11:13:57 AM PDT
ronzo says:
JJ,

Good point; Norman's bony butt couldn't have made that deep an impression! Perhaps he slept with an anvil ... or maybe a small fridge. lol.

Posted on May 7, 2010 11:36:00 AM PDT
Some trivia from IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054215/trivia

This is a little treasure trove of fun information.

And here's an interesting study on the film from start to finish, from an online film course website:

http://webclass.ncu.edu.tw/12024/notes/psycho1.html

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 11:40:12 AM PDT
JJ--
How did you manage to respond to your first post when there were no others that followed it? Do you have two AMMY accounts under the same name?

Just curious.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 11:45:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 7, 2010 11:45:17 AM PDT
ĴĴ says:
ANNIE

I didn't respond to my post, I just posted a new post. No, I don't even have a second account, lol!

Do you like Alfred Hitchcock movies?

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 11:55:15 AM PDT
ronzo says:
Baron,

What would we do without imdb? :)

That course-work site is pretty intensive/extensive!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 11:57:38 AM PDT
ronzo says:
Annie, JJ

Re: "How did you manage to respond to your first post when there were no others that followed it?"

The PERFECT Hitchcock touch, eh?! lol.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 12:00:18 PM PDT
ĴĴ says:
I didn't read it all, so I'm not sure if this was said, but the reason Hitchcock wanted the movie to cost so little was b/c all of his financiers pulled out when he wanted to make horror movie, so he had to fund it himself. They thought it was going to be a flop. . .

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 12:10:27 PM PDT
ronzo says:
JJ,

They expand a bit on that 'cost' issue in the trivia that Baron posted too.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 12:12:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 7, 2010 12:12:54 PM PDT
I don't get it. I've never been able to post two in a row when I start a thread. Maye AMMY changed the program to make it possible.

Yes, I'm very much a Hitchcock fan, which is why I popped over here. My all-time favorite is LIFEBOAT (1944) and then REAR WINDOW (1954), a Technicolor masterpiece. My #3 is NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959). It's also my favorite Cary Grant movie.

See, I know the years by heart! :?)

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 12:22:57 PM PDT
ĴĴ says:
I haven't seen (or heard of) LIFEBOAT. What is it about?

REAR WINDOW was my first movie, I found it a bit boring, but I still really like it.

Wasn't Cary Grant also in "To Catch a Thief" or was that someone else? Hitchcock directed that movie, too, you know, and I love it, but I always forget that he was actually the director! :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 12:35:42 PM PDT
ronzo says:
JJ,

Here's LIFEBOAT (1944):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYmQG3YlAoA

Yes, that is Cary Grant in TO CATCH A THIEF; one of my faves.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 12:37:12 PM PDT
Huh?
You haven't seen LIFEBOAT? I'd suggest an immedaite rental. Hell, if you're a Hitchcock fan just buy the thing. It's great! Wait'll you see how Hitch manages to get himself into the movie, which is about a small group of survivors of a ship sunk by the Germans.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 2:04:21 PM PDT
ronzo:

Yeah, that's what I thought.
Norman dressed as mother making that depression
on the bed over the years.

Creepys.

Tom

Posted on May 7, 2010 8:58:46 PM PDT
I love watching Tony Perkins playing Norman. When he observes Marion eating a sandwich in the parlor and he speaks about the phrase "Eating like a bird", that it's actually a falsity or falsehood... how he stammers there for one nervous moment, that's such a natural thing, seemingly.

There's yet another shot in "Psycho" that's so unusual to me (like the extreme closeup of Arbogast as he enters Sam's hardware store): when Arbogast is paying Norman a visit and questions him a lot in the motel office, you'll notice that at one point the camera moves beneath Perkins' head so that we're watching his throat from below. It's a very strange angle, unflattering and odd. Sometimes I am so bewildered and impressed at Hitchcock taking these risks. Nobody else would probably do these things.

In December 1998 on SNL, Vince Vaughn and Cheri Oteri were in a sketch about Norman Bates and his all-too perky, bubbly, loud mother who has no tact and enjoys singing tunes from musicals. Apparently this sketch explained that Norman killed his mother because she drove him nuts with her happy, annoying demeanor (and also for mentioning getting out his underwear stains, in front of a potential girlfriend). I couldn't find this on youtube but I remember getting a nice laugh from it when it originally aired. (Mrs. Bates even referred to her precious Normie as "Master Bates".)

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 9:08:40 PM PDT
ĴĴ says:
Is ANTHONY P. still alive?

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2010 9:20:28 PM PDT
No. He's been room temperature for almost 18 years.
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