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Much like its predecessor, Psycho III is a sequel that people either love or hate. While Psycho II had hints of Norman conquering Mother, and possibly gaining a new female companion, Psycho III pushes this idea further by introducing Maureen Coyle. The young ex-nun, while battling her own demons, meets Norman and the two have a bit of a brief romance. Of course, the idea that Norman has finally been released from his own torment was essentially unraveled at the end of the second film. This makes Psycho III an even more intense ride.
Taking two broken characters and throwing them together in attempt to make each other whole is usually reserved for ridiculous rom-coms or dramas. Putting this idea into Psycho III is what makes it stand out from other horror films of its time. Norman’s intense struggle to balance his overwhelming need to love Mother, while feeling such affection for another individual, is what makes Psycho III another worthy addition to the franchise.
Much like Psycho II, moments from Psycho III have stuck with me over the years. Playing on the fact that Maureen is a reminder of Marion Crane, Norman visualizes Marion’s last moments as Maureen bends over to pick up her suitcase that has fallen over. Cutting these two scenes is damn near beautiful and seeing it on the new Scream Factory Blu-ray release is stunning. In addition to this, the storage of a body in the hotel ice chest has always stayed in my mind – mostly due the Norman’s disposal of it. From pulling out the frigid body, which is stuck inside the chest, to Norman’s creepy yet understandable, sexually repressed kiss of this corpse, these moments stand out even more than the death that lead to it. The most memorable will forever be revisiting the ‘shower scene’. This time, when the curtain is pulled back, Maureen does not see Mother but Mother Mary. It is very striking when coupled with the concept of repression and guilt, and a chance for forgiveness, throughout the film.
The transfer of this film is spectacular. It brings focus to many things, especially when we are introduced to the Bates Motel once again. In the brush of the yard is the book Mary is seen reading in Psycho II, ‘In the Belly of the Beast’ – almost as if to remind us that Mary, herself, has been devoured. There are just many moments within Psycho III that pay homage to not only II but the original film. Anthony Perkins did a brilliant job directing many of the shots so that they reflect Hitchcock’s masterpiece. To have the film restored to such a lovely condition is very awesome. Of course, many of the best parts of the film are not visual, but implied with sound and this disc delivers. The mix is great, especially in that wicked ice chest scene.
The extras on this disc are a bit less than those on Psycho II. There are a few trailers and a still gallery, however the commentary with screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue is absolutely superb. I actually listened to it twice as the informative value is fantastic. There are many moments that are expanded upon with personal stories or references to the original script. It is definitely worth a listen. Along with this are interviews with Jeff Fahey, Katt Shea, Brinke Stevens and Michael Westmore. Out of all of the stories told, hearing Jeff Fahey state that Anthony Perkins’ quick transition into Norman was almost overwhelming to watch is probably the highlight of the interviews. It truly proves that these sequels would not be as respectable as they are without Perkins’ expertise.
There is something to be said about Psycho II. You either love it or hate it. After Psycho changed the way movies were shown in theatres in 1960, it was absolutely ridiculous to think that anything could ever follow up such a masterpiece. Yet, in 1983, Universal returned to Bates Motel by letting Norman Bates out of the nuthouse. And the rest is history.
No sequel could ever top the momentum of its predecessor and it is very rare when they even come close. However, with the superb thespian talents of Anthony Perkins, Psycho II is a great 80′s style follow up. After 22 years, Norman is released from the mental institution he was put in. Lila Loomis (Vera Miles), Marion Crane’s sister, is set on sending him back. Meanwhile, Norman gets a job at a local diner and befriends a young waitress, Mary (Meg Tilly). Soon, notes from Mother begin to pop up and people start to go missing. It is a simple plot yet with strong actors, it has thrills and scares that are respectful of the original film.
There are moments within Psycho II that keep it between Hitchcock’s classy 1960 style and a slasher flick of the 80′s. Two moments that I have always kept in my brain over the years are the fruit cellar murder and the overflowing toilet. What makes the fruit cellar one for the memory bank is the fact it is much like Hitchcock’s original shower scene. We only briefly see the stabbing in this instance, and yet it is cut with jars of fruit being knocked off the shelves – as if they replace the biological elements that might be seen. It is a fact that to this day whenever I see garbanzo beans, I think of this scene – and it sort of makes me sick. The toilet overflowing is another notable memory due to the fact that the blood in this scene is absolutely perfect. Everything: the color, the look and the weight of it. It IS blood, it is real, and it is coming in copious amounts from the toilet and bathtub drain. While Psycho II made an impression upon me as a kid, forgotten, for some reason, is an incredibly shocking scene with Lila Loomis. I am honestly not sure how I did not remember it, but seeing it now I was probably nearly as traumatized as I was when I first saw it.
These little memorable touches are what make Psycho II a fun, original sequel, and are definitely reason it deserved a Blu-ray collector’s edition release. The transfer of the film, while a bit grainy, looks fantastic. Dark scenes, like the fruit cellar, are brightened and details are restored. This definitely benefits those who become nostalgic by the items in Norman’s kitchen cupboards and all of that old packaging. The sound is great, too. The mix makes some choice sounds a bit more unnerving and makes scenes like Lila and Mary fighting in the hotel lobby while a staff member vacuums nearby a bit more special. The movie quality itself is worth the price, but Scream Factory adds in some great bonus features to go with it.
There is a trailer and a TV spot, but audio commentary with screenwriter Tom Holland, and Rob Galluzzo, is a true delight to listen to. The moments they reference are some of the best within the film, like a key scene in which Meg Tilly’s character is brought to tears. Normally commentaries are not my cup of tea, but this was especially informative in a relaxed sort of way. Also included are original video and audio interviews with Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles and director Richard Franklin. The vintage videos are VHS quality – as in an EP tape that has been under the couch for years – and have not been cleaned. The audio glitches at times, but the entertainment value is worth it. The fact that those participating agreed that the movie was going to work – and was strong enough to go forth with – makes the feature a nice watch.
Psycho II was described by Anthony Perkins as “a logical extension of the first story”. It is definitely an acquired taste, but for fans this Blu-ray is a must have.
Brought to my attention on Twitter via @FinnAtFox, here’s a haunting look at the California driver’s license for one Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, which was sold for at auction back in 2008 for a mere $8,000.
It’s a bit of old news, but it’s such a weird experience looking at his license, and seeing the master of suspense at such a vulnerable and real emotional state, that I had to share. READ MORE
Now that those two iffy biopics are out of the way we can concentrate on the most important part of Alfred Hitchock, his films and his legacy. And his legacy wasn’t always as dour as his subject matter (which itself wasn’t always that dour). He was often known to make cameos in his films as sort of an easter egg to his audience. Today we have a supercut (via Retroist)
In fact he made cameos in 39 of his films, stating, “I always give a little thought to my appearances and come on as early as possible– don’t want to hold them in suspense for the wrong reason! I’ve been in all my films on and off. Missed a few. Only cancelled one.”
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In the five hours since my last “Bates Motel” post I still haven’t watched the new A&E show, but Mr. Disgusting really seemed to like it (the first episode at least) and you guys seem to dig it so I’m gonna share a teaser for next week’s episode 1.04, “Trust Me.”
In episode 1.04, “Trust me,” “Norma begins to wonder about the other town residents while facing many distractions. ”
A&E’s “Bates Motel,” from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”), is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho and promises to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.
“Bates Motel” airs on A&E Mondays @ 10/9c. Head inside for the TV Spot! READ MORE
Milan Records will be releasing digitally remastered editions of classic film soundtracks, including Anton Karas’s score for Orson Welles’ The Third Man as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, composed by the fantastic Bernard Herrmann. The Third Man will be released Feb. 25th while Vertigo will come out Mar. 11th.
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HBO’s “The Girl” premiered on Saturday, October 20th. I actually thought it was really good but, expecting a typical biopic lionization, I was caught off guard. This movie was harsh on Hitchcock. I felt bad for him and his obsessive nature on occasion, but felt much much worse for Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie) and the treatment she suffered at his hands (at least in the version of events depicted in the film).
“The Girl” depicts severe sexual harassment and shooting conditions that border on assault. Is it accurate? I have no idea. I’m much less of an expert on Hitchcock than I’d like to be. While the director once famously stated “I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle”, many actors have given rather warm accounts of working with him. Of course, Hedren is not one of them.
As stated in the the production notes, “Hedren cooperated with the film by giving interviews to writer Gwyneth Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto consulted on the project.” In a statement Hughes said: “It’s been the most enormous privilege to talk at length to Tippi Hedren, the last ‘Hitchcock blonde’ in the life of Britain’s most original and successful film director. At the time, in the early 1960s, the American star suffered in silence. But now, at the age of 81, her wisdom and insights have helped me to put her real life ordeal on to the screen.”
I was wondering how all of this would go over when I watched the film the other night. And, it turns out, “The Girl” has created a bit of controversy. Head inside for more. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you the exclusive first look at The Burning Of Rome‘s newest music video for “Norman Bates”! Coming off of their latest release With Us, the video is an homage to the classic Hitchcock film Psycho, albeit with a slight twist at the end. The video is perfect for the Halloween season, so make sure to check it out below!
The Burning Of Rome won Best Alternative act at the San Diego music awards in August. With Us features additional remixes by Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime, U2, Meat Puppets, Pepper).
We’ve been giving you a lot of looks at Toby Jones (Red Lights, The Mist, Your Highness) and Sienna Miller (Factory Girl) portraying the iconic Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren in the BBC Two production of The Girl. After two 30-second teasers last month, we finally have the full trailer – and I gotta say it looks pretty good!
The film, penned by Gwenyth Hughes, “follows the life and relationship of Alfred Hitchcock and his discovery of Tippi Hedren and the turmoil that surrounded them while making The Birds (1963), and how his ultimate failure ended up destroying both their careers.” According to BBC Two Hedren has cooperated by giving interviews to Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto is attached as a consultant. Becoming Jane’s Julian Jarrold is directing with Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton also in the cast.
Head inside to take a look at the trailer. The Girl premieres on HBO on Sunday, October 20th at 9PM. READ MORE
That’s funny, that plane’s dustin’ crops where there ain’t no crops.
Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest tells the tale of Roger Thornhill, a successful advertising executive in Manhattan. Thornhill, a man grounded in his life and ways, becomes the vulnerable, isolated victim as he is abducted, framed for murder, and continuously pursued without prevail in a conspiracy all result of mistaken identity.
It is easy to say that Hitchcock’s 1959 film can be considered horror.
A few months back we gave you a look at Toby Jones (Red Lights, Your Highness) and Sienna Miller (Factory Girl) portraying the iconic Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren in a behind the scenes still from the BBC Two production of The Girl. Now we have a another look at Miller (via Grazia) – side by side with Hedren in a similar pose – playing the iconic actress.
The film, penned by Gwenyth Hughes, follows the life and relationship of Alfred Hitchcock and his discovery of Tippi Hedren and the turmoil that surrounded them while making The Birds (1963), and how his ultimate failure ended up destroying both their careers. According to BBC Two Hedren has cooperated by giving interviews to Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto is attached as a consultant. Becoming Jane’s Julian Jarrold is directing with Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton also in the cast.
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Nice! I’m not exactly sure how much this box will cost, but I imagine it will be worth it to many of you cinephiles out there. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection looks like it will be a gorgeous master class in suspense. Out of the 15 films included in the set, only Psycho and North By Northwest have previously been released on Blu. The set is out on September 25th, 2012, so you have a few months to save up.
Digitally restored from high-quality film elements and presented in perfect high-definition picture and sound, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection brings the Master of Suspense’s best work to home audiences as it’s never been seen before. This ultimate collector’s set features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray, a collectible 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more. Plus a treasure trove of over 15 hours of documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, screen tests, trailers and a new documentary The Birds, Hitchcock’s Monster Movie, enough to satisfy even the most ardent Hitchcock fan.
One of the most influential and revered cinematic innovators of all time, Alfred Hitchcock had a profound and lasting impact on modern moviemaking. Renowned for his signature wit, thrilling plots, pioneering camerawork and original editing style, Hitchcock’s masterful ability to wring every drop of suspense out of each scene is still studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world. He was nominated for five Best Director Academy Awards, and four of his films (all of which are included in this collection) appear on AFI’s prestigious “100 Years…100 Movies” list.
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After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude… but the specters of his crimes — and his mother — continue to haunt him.
Spoilt socialite and notorious practical joker Melanie Daniels is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner. Mitch is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his young sister’s birthday; he recognises Melanie but pretends to mistake her for an assistant. She decides to get her own back by buying the birds and driving up to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends his weekends with his sister and mother. Shortly after she arrives, Melanie is attacked by a gull, but this is just the start of a series of attacks by an increasing number of birds.
A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.