13 Frightening Facts About The Movie Psycho

The movie Psycho is regularly voted among the most innovative, acclaimed and scariest movies ever made. Celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, Psycho is a tale of paranoia, voyeurism, violence and, of course, parental influences.

That said, here at Arthouse Hotel we love Psycho, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the immortal horror movie.

We’ve done our research, scared ourselves stupid, and started showering less and less and found 13 frightening facts about the movie Psycho.

1. Customary Cameos

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The Master of suspense was famous for making cameos in each of his movies, and Psycho was no exception.

Six minutes into the movie Psycho, the distinguished director can be seen wearing a white Stetson as Janet Leigh walks by.

Alfred Hitchcock made 40 cameo appearances in the 40 movies he directed.

2. Amazing Amenities

That bathroom scene is one of the most famous and shocking scenes in cinema history. And yet, it was the lavatory that was making most of the headlines in 1960.

Strangely, Psycho was the first American movie to show a toilet on screen – and the first in which we hear a toilet being flushed.

That just shows how repressed America was back in the 50s and 60s.

3. Hitchcock Financed The Film

To say Paramount had cold feet regarding the movie is an understatement. And so, in order for Psycho to be made, Hitchcock financed the film and forgo his rather substantial director’s fee in exchange for 60% ownership.

Paramount’s loss was Hitchcock’s gain however, as Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release – that’s $273,450,884.35 in today’s money.

4. He Also Paid $9,000 for the Rights

 

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Hitchcock paid $9,000 for the movie rights to Robert Bloch’s novel, solely based on a good review he read in The New York Times.

He also made the bid anonymously so as to keep the movie under wraps for as long as possible.

5. Spoiler Alert

The movie Psycho was spoiled months before its release.

Despite the directors fervent and earnest attempts at keeping the movie a secret, Variety Magazine published very thorough spoilers regarding the movie.

Let’s just say that in the age of social media, Psycho’s ending would have been completely ruined.

6. The Movie Psycho was Hitchcock’s Most Successful Movie

 

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By a long way.

Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release. Hitchcock’s next biggest successes were Rear Window – which grossed about $27,500,000 in 1954, and Notorious, which grossed $3,000,000 less.

7. One Last Hurrah

 

Psycho marked the final time that Hitchcock would earn an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

Amazingly, however – arguably one of the greatest directors of a generation, never won an Oscar for directing.

Just let that sink in for a moment.

8. Keeping Janet Leigh on Edge

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Alfred Hitchcock tormented Janet Leigh throughout filming to keep her on edge.

The wicked director went as far as hiding scarier versions of the ‘Mother’ dummy in her dressing room wardrobe. He even jumped out on her during her breaks.

9. That Shower Scene

What can be described as the most famous three-minutes in cinema history took an astonishingly long time to shoot.

In fact, the infamous shower scene took 7 days to film, it features 77 camera angles, 50 cuts and 26 takes of the spinning plughole.

10. Eee Eee Eeee

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The shower scene was never intended to have music, but composer Bernard Herrmann insisted that Hitchcock heard his score.

The director loved the now famous screeching score so much that he included the composition in the scene and increased Herrmann’s salary.

11. Historic

The shower murder is one of the most studied montages of film ever made.

12. Hitchcock Made the Movie Psycho because of the Shower Scene

Sticking with the shower scene – when asked why he wanted to make the movie Psycho, Hitchcock said: “I think the murder in the bathtub, coming out of the blue, that was about it.”

The rest of the novel must have been a rather boring read.

13. Psycho’s Opening Scene

In the movie’s opening scene, Marion is wearing a white bra because she is innocent and pure. However, once she has stolen the money, she’s seen in a black bra so as to echo her dark turn.

Subtle, we know.

Arthouse Hotel

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At Arthouse Hotel, we know that the movie psych0 is a classic that should be celebrated. Our unique Psycho-inspired room has been designed as a homage to the 1960 horror smash.

Relax in style, as our Psycho room features a double whirlpool bath and shower, deluxe beds and a large screen TV – a far-cry from the eerie Bates Motel.

Sleeping up to 4 people, our Psycho room is the ideal way in which to stay in Liverpool, as we’re closely located to some of the best bars, restaurants and shops in town.

Book a stay in our Psycho room here or contact our helpful booking team on 0151 305 7900.