Trivia: Though Psycho is a Paramount Picture, it was filmed at Universal Studios.


Trivia: The security guard who gives "mother" a blanket at the end of the movie has the door opened for him by a young Ted Knight.

Trivia: Psycho was made with a budget of under $1,000,000.


Trivia: When Detective Arbogast gets attacked by Norman's mother and falls backwards down the stairs, the actor, Martin Balsam, was actually just tap-dancing in front of a blue/green screen.

Trivia: A body-double was used in the shower scene when anything else besides Janet Leigh's face, neck, shoulders, and arms are seen on screen.


Trivia: That freaky, shrill score of Psycho, created by Bernard Herrmann, inspired a well-known music producer to help create a popular song for a famous band. George Martin cites Bernard's score as an influence for 'Eleanor Rigby' by the greatest and most romantic band ever, the Beatles.

Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: Director Hitchcock hid the model of Mother in Janet Leigh's bedroom and listened to how loudly she screamed when she saw it to test its effectiveness.

Trivia: Walt Disney hated the film so much that he refused to allow Alfred Hitchcock to film at Disneyland for another film he directed.


Trivia: The sound of the knife stabbing Marion's flesh in the shower scene was made by stabbing a melon.

Factual error: When Janet Leigh is shown lying dead on the floor of the shower, there is a close-up of her open eye. The pupil is contracted to a pinpoint (obviously due to the bright lighting) where it should have been dilated. After the film was released, Hitchcock heard from several ophthalmologists who pointed this out and suggested he use belladonna eye drops in the eyes of "dead" people in future films, as the chemical prevents the pupils from contracting. (00:48:30)

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Norman Bates: A boy's best friend is his mother.

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Question: Am I right in thinking that the absence of Norman Bates' mother in his life left himself to replace her, by dressing as her, talking like her and so on? Because the film says that sometime he was half Norman half Normans mother and sometimes all Normans mother. If this is true then who checked Marion Crane into the motel. Later in the film when Norman is in the police cell after questioning his mothers voice says Norman blamed her, so I am confused could anybody clear this up? If possible could somebody give me a full explanation.

Answer: Norman and his mother lived together in the house on the hill above the motel. Norman's mother was such a demanding, controlling, overbearing woman that Norman was eventually driven to kill her. The enourmous guilt of this action, combined with the strain he was already under from her treatment of him, caused him to develop a sort of modified split personality: in addition to the existing Norman, he constantly heard his mother's voice in his mind and even had conversations with it. As time passed, the "Mother" voice in his brain began to have some occasional control over his body. Thus, sometimes Norman was in control, sometimes his mother was in control, and sometimes they could "speak" back and forth within his mind. Norman checked Marion into the hotel, but the sexual attraction caused by her presence made his disapproving Mother personality manifest and kill Marion. Having dealt with the situation, Mother retreated and Norman cleaned up, not remembering. At the end of the film, Mother blames Norman for the crimes because she is once again controlling his life and not wanting to take the blame herself. At the same time, this represents Mother forcing Norman down to some corner of his consciousness or even destroying it altogether, meaning that it is unlikely that Norman will ever manifest control again. This is why we hear Mother's voiceover and not Norman's at the end.

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