ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

Named the best horror movie ever made, and the start of the slasher genre, PSYCHO is a true classic and has been seen by just about everyone. So although you may be able to quote just about the whole movie, do YOU know these facts?

#1 - Alfred Hitchcock has a cameo role at 6m39s into the films running time. He appeared so early in the film as he claimed he would not want to divert the audiences attention from the plot, as he knew they would be looking out for him. (Hitchcock made a cameo appearance in 39 of his 52 successful films)

#2 - In the novel, the character of 'Marion Crane' was originally 'Mary Crane'. The studio legal department was forced to change the name as they found that two real people by the name of Mary Crane lived in Phoenix, Arizona.

#3 - The famous shower scene actually didn't involve Anthony Perkins at all. Many people were told that Perkins couldn't make the shot due to a scheduling conflict with his Broadway musical 'Greenville', but it was actually a deliberate decision on Hitchcock's part. Perkins stated: "Hitchcock was very worried that the dual role and nature of Norman Bates would be exposed if I were to appear in that scene. I think it was the recognizability of my silhouette, which is rather slim and broad in the shoulder. That worried him."

#4 - There were two reasons as to why Alfred Hitchcock shot the movie in black and white, as opposed to colour. The first being that Hitchcock believed that the film would be far too gory for audiences of the sixties, were it in in colour. The second being that he wanted to make the film as inexpensively as possible (under $1 Million US).

#5 - Although Janet Leigh claimed she was never bothered by the filming of her death in the shower scene, seeing it later in the film profoundly moved her. She later commented that it made her realize how vulnerable a woman is in the shower. To the end of her life she never took a shower again, and only ever used the bath.

#6 - In the film's opening scene, Marion Crane is seen wearing a white bra, and possessing a white purse - this was done to show her character as being 'angelic'. After she has stolen the money, she is seen wearing a black bra and a black purse, to portray her as having done something wrong and evil.

#7 - Every theatre that ever showed the film had a cardboard cut-out in the lobby of Alfred Hitchcock, pointing to his wristwatch with a note saying "The manager of this theatre has been instructed at the risk of his life, not to admit to the theatre any persons after the picture starts. Any spurious attempts to enter by side doors, fire escapes or ventilating shafts will be met by force. The entire objective of this extraordinary policy, of course, is to help you enjoy PSYCHO more. Alfred Hitchcock"

#8 - Alfred Hitchcock was refused permission to film at Disneyland in the early 1960's, because he had made "that disgusting movie, Psycho."

#9 - The amount of money Marion stole ($40,000 US) would be equivalent to roughly $315,000 US in 2014. The $700 she paid when trading in her car, would be equivalent to about $5,500 U.S now.

#10 - Janet Leigh started receiving letters detailing what they would like to do to Marion Crane after the film's release. One was so grotesque that she handed it to the FBI, and the culprits were discovered. She was told to notify the FBI again, if she were to receive any more letters.


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