The Terrorphile: 50 Years of the Psycho Shower Scene
On June 16, 1960, a film premiered in New York City that would change the face of the horror film -- nay, film in general -- forever. Psycho's effect on filmmaking is incalculable, even if you only track the influences of its most famous sequence, the shower murder. Over the past half-century, various movies and television shows have parodied, pastiched, paid homage, remade and ripped-off Alfred Hitchcock's "clean kill." I've spent the last two months piecing some of these clips together into a meta-homage. May I present to you, the Psycho shower sequence, rebuilt almost entirely from other films.
- This whole project was inspired by a viewing of Looney Tunes: Back in Action. I kid you not.
- The most slavishly devoted remake (in terms of camera angles and shot length) was from a web short called The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon.
- Gus Van Sant's 1998 "shot-for-shot" Psycho remake doesn't hew as closely to the original as the hype would have us believe.
- Unsurprisingly, the killer pulling back the shower curtain and Janet Leigh's initial screams were the easiest clips to match. I ended up having a lot of really great shots I had to leave out.
- Many clips had to be slowed down, not sped up as I originally believed would be necessary.
- IMDb's Movie Connections page for Psycho led me astray more than once with "obvious" homages that really just consisted of a character who took a shower.