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“You’re Mama!”

January 14, 2013

HitchcockHitchcock2If you’re an Alfred Hitchcock fan, then you know that Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins and Helen Mirren uses the production and filming of Psycho as a backdrop.  This offers fans an insight to important moments during the production of what could be the best horror movie of all time.

Let us give credit where credit is due:  the film Psycho was inspired by Robert Bloch’s book of the same name published in 1959.  In his screenplay, Joseph Stefano challenged the Hollywood Production Code by weaving a toilet as a prop in the film.  This was the first time that a toilet was shown in a film.  According to an interview Stefano did for “The Making of Psycho,” it was his idea. However, the film Hitchcock mocks and touches more on the issues the Hays Office had in regards to nudity.

Macchio StefanoAs an aspiring screenwriter, I kept my radar out for the story behind Stefano (if any). And, who do we find if we look closely?  Yes, Ralph Macchio, who easily still holds his own!

Psycho is a good choice to use as a backdrop because it broke a lot of new ground.  This film marks the birth of the sociopath and successfully introduces him into the horror film genre.  It also brings about a new kind of acceptable violence to the movies.  It’s a filmmaking milestone, without a doubt, making Psycho is the granddaddy of all slasher films.

Hitchcock3Talking about dead mothers . . . MAMA opens on January 18, 2013.

And yes, I saw it!  “Mama.”

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