This week we’re checking diving deep into Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho. With the help of our frequent guest Alex, from Frightday.com, we explain the history of this black and white horror masterpiece just in time for its 60th anniversary and explore all the reasons why Psycho matters. If you haven’t seen Psycho, here is your spoiler warning because we spoil the film right off the bat. In this episode we cover how the film made the blueprint for slashers (yes, we mention Peeping Tom, but come on, they’re only months a part) and we explain how the iconic shower scene shaped cinema. Additionally we jump into how this one film created new standards for films and shook 1960s audiences with unexpected twists and turns – namely killing off the protagonist half-way through the film.
In Psycho, secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin). After being overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother. That’s the gist of the film that while it was seen as crude and voyeuristic in 1960s would become the standard for thrilling storytelling in the future.
We cover the kind of franchise, the awful 1990s shot-for-shot remake, and why we’re drawn to the film overall. So hit play on the audio above and find out all about why Psycho matters.
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Articles on Queer Readings of Psycho:
- Psycho: Queering Hitchcock’s Classic