Seeing the shower scene today, several things stand out. Unlike modern horror films, "Psycho" never shows the knife striking flesh. There are no wounds. There is blood, but not gallons of it. Hitchcock shot in black and white because he felt the audience could not stand so much blood in color (the 1998 remake specifically repudiates that theory). The slashing chords of Bernard Herrmann's soundtrack substitute for more grisly sound effects. The closing shots are not graphic but symbolic, as blood and water spin down the drain, and the camera cuts to a closeup, the same size, of Marion's unmoving eyeball. This remains the most effective slashing in movie history, suggesting that situation and artistry are more important than graphic details.
Although that jarred with me somewhat, it did seem a logical step to take, as did the abrupt conclusion (which mirrored the book).
But these were very minor quibbles for a film that since its release has seen me buy the UK DVD, the US DVD, various teaser and cinema release posters as well as my favourite, my talking Patrick Bateman figurine (complete with briefcase, knife and axe).
American Psycho is a film that I could (and indeed do) watch time and time again, such is the level of quality across the board, and if anyone has given it a miss (for fear of being grossed out etc) then I implore you to check it out.
About The AuthorSimon Fitzjohn Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema.
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If I were bold enough to reedit Hitchcock's film, I would include only the doctor's first explanation of Norman's dual personality: "Norman Bates no longer exists. He only half existed to begin with. And now, the other half has taken over, probably for all time." Then I would cut out everything else the psychiatrist says, and cut to the shots of Norman wrapped in the blanket while his mother's voice speaks ("It's sad when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son..."). Those edits, I submit, would have made "Psycho" very nearly perfect. I have never encountered a single convincing defense of the psychiatric blather; Truffaut tactfully avoids it in his famous interview.