Psycho

Trivia: The blood in the infamous shower scene is actually chocolate syrup.

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Trivia: The interior set for the Bates home is the same set that was used by Hitchcock for "The McKittrick Hotel" in Vertigo two years earlier.

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Trivia: Psycho is the first movie to show the bathroom with the toilet (which was deemed inappropriate beforehand) and even with it flushing.

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Trivia: Although it lasts for only 45 seconds on screen, the stabbing scene in the shower took seven days to shoot and used 70 different camera angles.

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Trivia: Alfred Hitchcock adapted Psycho from a story by author Robert Bloch, who had modeled the character of Norman Bates after Ed Gein, who is suspected to have killed his victims between 1954 and 1957. In the asphyxiation death of his brother Henry (who was verbally critical of their neurotic-controlling mother) in 1944, though the supposedly harmless young Gein was quickly dismissed as a suspect, it's believed that he was guilty of that crime too. Other characters very loosely based on Gein are Buffalo Bill in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and Thomas Hewitt in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974). The main similarities to Gein that appear in "Psycho" include the feminine qualities of Norman Bates and the disturbingly strong attachment to the cruel domineering mother.

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Trivia: The film somewhat stirred controversy when it was released because it was the first time that a leading actress' (Janet Leigh) character dies during the first third of the film. Before Psycho, the leading actress' character either lives throughout the film or dies at the end. Her character never dies early in the film.

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Trivia: The three letters on the license plate of the car which eventually ends up in the swamp are NFB. The represented the initials of Norman Francis Bates.

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Trivia: Anthony Perkins did not participate in the shower scene. At the time, he was in New York preparing for a play on stage.

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Trivia: During the theatrical release of Psycho, no one was allowed in the cinema after the movie started because Marion (played by Janet Leigh) dies quite early on in the movie.

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Trivia: Alfred Hitchcock didn't want to have the ending of the movie given away. So after buying the rights to make the movie, he bought every copy of the book that he could find so that no one would be able to read it and know what happens before watching it.

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Trivia: In the opening scene, Marion Crane is wearing a white bra because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to show her as being "angelic." After she has taken the money, the following scene has her in a black bra because now she has done something wrong and evil. Similarly, before Marion steals the money, she has a white purse; after she's stolen the money, her purse is black.

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Trivia: There are many references to birds in this film, few examples are: Marion's surname is Crane which is a bird, the movie is set in Phoenix which is a legendary bird which rose from the ashes, there are stuffed birds in Norman Bates' parlour and his hobby is stuffing them, there are numerous pictures of birds through out the hotel, and Norman makes many references to birds such as telling Marion she "eats like a bird." Hitchcock was fascinated with birds, even making another horror movie called "The Birds" (1963).

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Trivia: Alfred Hitchcock makes a cameo in the film during the scene when Marion Crane walks into her office. He is standing outside the office on the audiences' right corner.

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Trivia: Apparently Janet Leigh has not taken a shower since first watching Psycho, feeling safer in a bath.

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Trivia: Psycho was filmed with a TV crew not a film crew

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Trivia: Janet Leigh spent three weeks on the set. A whole week was devoted to the infamous shower scene.

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Trivia: The design of Norman Bates' house was based on the Edward Hopper painting "The house by the railroad" painted in 1924. Hitchcock described the Gothic architectural style of the house as "California Gingerbread."

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Trivia: Sales of showers plummeted after this movie was released.

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

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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.

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Trivia: When the original Psycho was first released, a concerned man wrote to Alfred Hitchcock to say that since watching Psycho, his wife refused to shower or bath. Hitchcock promptly wrote back saying "sir, have you ever considered taking your wife to the dry cleaners?"

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Trivia: Christopher Lee was asked which part of Psycho did he consider the scariest, and he replied, 'Well, it wasn't the shower scene because you knew something was going to happen, right? So it wasn't that. What was scary was when the detective, played by Martin Balsam, climbed the stairs in the house to the second floor when a door opens and out steps a woman who stabs him, causing him to fall backward to his death. Now that scene I found very scary.'

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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 eyedrops in the eyes of "dead" people in future films, as the chemical prevents the pupils from contracting.

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