Monday, October 29, 2018

The Essential Films Podcast: Episode #026 - PSYCHO (1960)



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EPISODE DESCRIPTION
On today’s adventure, Adolfo and Mark go a little mad for Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO (1960)

On this week’s show:

• Discovering Hitchcock
• One of the earliest “slasher” films
• The Bernard Herrmann score and Mark’s uh… impression(?) of it.
• Hitchcock’s A-list B-Movie
• “No Bail for the Judge”
• How Hitchcock convinced Paramount to distribute the film
• The book by Robert Bloch
• Ed Gein and the on-screen villains he “inspired”
• The “Inside Psycho” podcast
• Setting a new level of violence
• The dissolving of the Production Code
• A flushing toilet!
• Hitchcock’s marketing strategy
• William Castle’s carnie antics
• Marion Crane has NO chill
• The differences between the book and the film
• Norman portrayed as a sympathetic character
• The Shower Scene
• How Bernard Herrmann earned double his salary
• Chocolate Syrup for blood
• Killing your main character halfway through the film.
• Martin Balsam’s underrated performance.
• “What the hell did I just see?”
• The psychiatrist sequence and why it’s a flaw of the film
• The Sequels and the horrible 1998 remake
• The death of Filmstruck
• Always buy physical media!



FILMS REFERENCED:

• REBECCA (1940)
• SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1944)
• SPELLBOUND (1945)
• NOTORIOUS (1946)
• REAR WINDOW (1954)
• DIABOLIQUE (1955)
• VERTIGO (1958)
• THE TINGLER (1959)
• NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
• HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959)
• THE BIRDS (1963)
• THE EXORCIST (1973)
• THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
• HALLOWEEN (1978)
• DRESSED TO KILL (1980)
• ROCKY III (1982)
• ROCKY IV (1985)
• THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
• THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1991)
• ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES (1993)
• SCREAM (1996)
• GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)
• ARMAGEDDON (1998)
• PSYCHO (1998)
• HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES (2003)
• THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (2005)
• HITCHCOCK (2012)
• CREED II (2018)

LINKS:
INSIDE PSYCHO PODCAST
Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection
YouTube Page

SOCIAL MEDIA:
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