Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Happy 50th Anniversary to Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"

Alfred Hitchcock is my favorite director because I adore suspense movies... NOT horror movies (that's Bill's forte) but the kind of movie that has you sitting on the edge of your seat and holding your breath.  Alfred Hitchcock was the MASTER.  Fifty years ago today, the movie Psycho was released in theaters.  It was something truly unique to its time because before that movie, people used to come into the theater at any time during the movie and then stay for the beginning of the next to "catch up" on what they had missed.  For the movie Psycho, Hitchcock refused to allow anyone to  be seated late, lest they miss any of the film's surprises and horrors, and urged audiences not to spoil the ending for other viewers.  He also bought the rights to Robert Bloch's source novel really cheap, then bought as many copies of the book as he could to keep the plot twists hidden from potential moviegoers.

I remember the first time I saw the movie, I was so afraid to take a shower when I was home alone, but at the time, I was living in a small two room apartment with my first husband that only had a shower (no tub).  But I told myself that I was locked in the apartment on the second floor and the door downstairs was locked and my inlaws were in the apartment downstairs, so I was perfectly safe!  So, anyway, my (now ex-)husband came home from work while I was in the shower and snuck in the bathroom and scared the snot out of me - yeah, really funny!!  I used my inlaws bathtub for the next week because I was too scared to use the shower after that.

Hitchcock was such a master showman that he released a six and a half minute "teaser-trailer" for the movie Psycho in which he took viewers on a tour of the Bates Motel and the Bates House, pretending to be about to spoil the plot while keeping crucial details hidden.  You really have to watch it... Hitchcock is amazing, enjoy:







So happy anniversary to Psycho... I think I'll find it on TV this weekend and watch it again (I now have a really big Jacuzzi tub) just to celebrate.

Until next time..... Lorie

4 comments:

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Oh gosh! I LOVE Psycho... I remember my mom would sit down and watch Alfred Hitchcock Presents... LOL I loved watching his movies. :)

TheEclecticElement said...

I haven't watched a lot of Hitchcock's movies, but I have like a 'collection' of his in my DVD collection.

I'll have to watch some of them!!

Tami said...

Oh, you aren't supposed to tell everyone that my fiance's ex is 50! How naughty of you. :D

I don't think I have EVER seen this movie, but I am the classic WIMP when it comes to scary movies. I have way too many nightmares that way.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh wow 50 years! And still will always be a classic. Most of his films are. The birds yup still freaks me out!

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