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The Shower Scene from Psycho



Alfred Hitchcock gave us one of the most famous scenes in cinema history in Psycho. The Shower Scene has been the subject of endless essays, articles and rumours.

Some of the facts are still in dispute – for example, Hitchcock and actress Janet Leigh both insisted that she didn’t use a body double in the scene. Others disputed this, and there’s an interesting Guardian article by Will Hodgkinson which seems to give credence to the idea that this was simply a ploy to gain more publicity for the film. A naked star is worth a lot more column inches than a naked no-name.

Anthony Perkins, however, was doubled for the entire scene – he was in New York rehearsing a play.

The scene itself was shot in black and white for effect, as indeed was the entire film. It only increases the suspense and the horror.  The scene is less than two minutes long, but contains over 70 edits and took seven days to film. The ‘blood’ is chocolate syrup (sorry if I’m shattering some illusions here).

So – here it is. It stands the test of time. The old master at his best.


Happy New Year – and a movie not to miss.


A new year has arrived and with it, subject to debate, a new decade. May it bring you all good things and unwind all your recessionary tangles.

I don’t have the resolve to keep up new year resolutions and the end result is a feeling of failure rather than achievement. However, we have promised to see more movies this year, so to avoid this being a doomed New Year Resolution, we started this week. 

We love going to the movies.  We favour the grey power sessions – afternoon showings that come without giggles, texting or popcorn (god, don’t you hate the smell of that stuff?). We occasionally pay the price of loudly whispered elderly commentary, but on the whole the patrons are quiet and courteous and the cinemas mainly empty – we’ve even had an entire cinema to ourselves on occasion.

There’s no expectation of that sort of peace during the holidays, but sometimes you just can’t wait round for the silent season. So we went to see Avatar on Wednesday – and this is the point of this post.

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