Five seasons of Bates Motel have inevitably built toward one Psycho moment, even going so far as to hire Rihanna in the role of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous kill. That said, last night’s “Marion” took a major swerve from the 1960 film, for which producers explain why the new shower scene was “definitely not throwing shade” at a classic.
It’s Criterion season again, and this June the Criterion Collection is adding a whole bunch of unmissable classics from around the world. Take a trip to Provence with the newly-restored Marseille Trilogy, marvel at Alfred Hitchcock’s silent thriller The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, and tremble at Kenji Mizoguchi’s wartime ghost story Ugetsu. Then, strap in for Nicholas Ray’s film noir debut They Live By Night, and marvel at a young Dustin Hoffman in Sam Peckinpah’s shocking, controversial Straw Dogs. If you need any more convincing that any one of these movies is worth spending the extra money on (they are), we’ve got the deets from the Criterion press release right here.
Here’s the the best endorsement I can give 78/52, a new documentary about the making of Psycho’s famous shower scene and its enormous impact on popular culture. I’ve seen Psycho countless times, and I’ve watched the shower scene on its own countless more. I’ve read Stephen Rebello’s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, I took a class in college dedicated to Hitchcock’s career, and I once went through the shower scene a shot at a time with a scholar who had studied the film for decades. Despite all of that, I still learned new things about Hitchcock, Psycho, and the shower scene from 78/52. And I had a good time learning them.
Decades after his death, Alfred Hitchcock is still considered one of the greatest directors of all time. But did you know that in addition to his reputation as the “Master of Suspense,” Hitchcock was also a notorious (no pun intended) prankster? He once bet someone they couldn’t spend the night in a darkened movie studio, chained to a camera. Once the man agreed to the bet, and got into position, Hitchcock offered him some brandy - laced with a laxative. That’s just one of the shocking facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Everyone knows Psycho, and the character of Marion Crane, who steals $40,000 from her boss, goes on the road, and winds up at the Bates Motel, where she encounters a very unhappy old lady and her very sharp knife in her room’s shower. But did you know that Anthony Perkins, who played the motel manager Norman Bates, was paid $40,000 for his performance — the exact same amount Marion stole? That’s just one of The Shining facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Actress Tippi Hedren rose to fame during the ’60s as the leading lady of such late-period Alfred Hitchcock classics as The Birds and Marnie. But in her upcoming memoir Tippi, an excerpt of which has been obtained and reported on by the New York Post...
ScreenCrush’s latest series, Greatest of All Time, aka The GOATs, celebrates the best of the best when it comes to the movies. This week we’re ranking the best horror movie theme songs in honor of Halloween.
In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut spent a week in a room at Universal Studios talking about movies. That interview became the book Hitchcock/Truffaut, which proceeds systematically as the two explore Hitchcock’s career, analyzing each of his films one by one. The discussion wasn’t filmed, but the audio was recorded, and now that audio forms the spine of Kent Jones’ Hitchcock/Truffaut documentary, which doesn’t so much adapt the book as it does bring it to life onscreen. Hearing Hitchcock and Truffaut makes clear something that’s easy to forget reading words on a page: That this conversation — maybe the greatest ever on the subject of films and filmmaking — was conducted through a translator. Hitchcock didn’t know French; Truffaut couldn’t understand English. But both spoke the language of cinema, which transcends communicative limitations.
Themed entertainment is a like a shark or a relationship – it has to keep moving forward or it has to die. Today, September 8, 2015, marks the day that Universal officially leaves its past behind. Disaster!: A Major Motion Picture Ride Starring You, is closing to make way for a Fast and Furious themed ride. It’s closure marks the definitive end of the park’s original intentions, for better and for worse.
A remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (or any Hitchcock, for that matter) seems absurdly unreasonable and destined to fail. A remake of The Birds from producer Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes banner seems even more absurdly unreasonable, but here we are. The remake has been in development for some time now, but Bay & Co. have finally found a brave soul to volunteer their services.