Robert V. Galluzzo
My favourite angle with Norman Bates is how they decided to push the ďnormal lookingĒ dude next door approach (Anthony Perkins had been a romantic lead up until PSYCHO), to show audiences that evil has many faces, even the pretty ones we donít expect. Yes, that angle is nothing new these days but it was a pretty big deal back then. Iíd always known the shower scene was a landmark in Horror history as well (I always loved the POLICE ACADEMY reference to it) but I didnít know all the reasons why; beyond the nudity, theyíd never actually shown that sort of in-your-face brutality and I found the work they put into very interesting.
Anthony Perkins plays a fantastic villain, as a kid I was freaked out by the VHS covers of these movies but it was the third film where itís his face dangling the key that always stuck with me. One of the only scenes I distinctly remember from PSYCHO 3 was when the sheriff was asking Perkins some questions by the ice machine (that had a dead chick in it), he then reaches in and takes a piece of ice which he proceeds to eat. Itís probably not as cool now as it was then but I still dug it. The one film they donít mention here is the awkward remake featuring Vince Vaughn. I remember watching it and thinking, ďMan, this guyís ridiculous giggle is annoying.Ē This was back before Vince got comedy fever so as awkward as it was then, I can only imagine how it would play out now.
THE PSYCHO LEGACY is a rewarding look into a series of films that helped shape what Horror is today. For many fans these films are underrated, especially when it comes down to the time and effort put into the sequels. I was never into Hitchcock films (again, the black and white days were before my time), I know of them sure, but theyíre just not films I even ended up watching. In light of this documentary however, I do plan on re-watching the PSYCHO films as I now feel that Iím missing out on something special, something that still manages to capture the hearts and minds of fans fifty years later.
Extended Interviews: Much like the title implies, we again get another extension of the documentary via more one on one time with the writers, producers and cast for all the films. It would have been cool as hell to hear what Anthony Perkins and Alfred Hitchcock had to add these days.
Disc 2: The second disc contains over three hours of features but like the two featurettes that came before this one, I really felt this was an ongoing cut of this documentary. There are more scene discussions, a tour of the Bates Motel, more of Anthony Perkinsí discussion panel, the PSYCHO reunion panel as well as more discussions on the sets, the art and the memorabilia (mostly the infamous knife) as well as more open ended discussions on the films themselves. Basically, they could have just made this documentary a four to five hour deal and been done with it.