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THE PSYCHO LEGACY
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Robert V. Galluzzo

Starring:
Anthony Perkins
Janet Leigh
and Robert Loggia

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What's it about
The first documentary to completely explore the legacy of all four Psycho films.
Is it good movie?
Now I always enjoy a good documentary. If done correctly, they can be an enlightening experience. If done poorly, they can be shitty and annoying. The Psycho Legacy falls somewhere in-between. Itís a doc that wants to dig deep into Norman Batesí cellar and examine the legend of Hitchcockís masterpiece and all the follow-ups. And to some respect it does. It collects an impressive array of interviews and speeches by the filmmakers, cast, fans of the movies, and critics to present a fairly well rounded discussion about why these films have endured for a half-century. These are passionate folks who know their stuff.

However, thatís my problem with The Psycho Legacy. Itís more or less an 87-minute discussion of the movies versus an exploration of what made them become a part of pop culture. Sure, that comes out some during the interviews, but after a while itís just an overload of interviews, one person after another discussing their love. Thatís good. Thatís interesting. But I wanted a little narration to guide the doc along so it doesnít feel as random. I want to know more about the creation of the movie, about building the sets, and much, much more about Hitchcock. I realize the guy is dead, but there must be more folks out there to reveal more info than I got. Also, it would have been nice to have places all four movies in a slightly more organized fashion for a feature length documentary. The Psycho Legacy is quite insightful, but it plays more like an extra on the Psycho DVD than an independent production. I donít knock the director for piecing the information together, but the presentation isnít overly interesting. It doesnít hold, doesnít hook the audience for a long period, whether a fan of the genre or not. The movie tries mightily, but it lacks the overall knockout punch to make it a re-watchable experience. Sure, maybe some fans just love hearing people talk about the movies. And thatís fine. But I want a more cognitive experience from a documentary. Maybe that makes me a jerk. A horror documentary jerk. The worldís first.
Video / Audio
Video: A full frame presentation.

Audio: A nice sounding presentation. (Itís a documentary, what are you expecting 5.1?)
The Extras
Anthony Perkins Q&A: A joyful Perkins provides a great Q&A with an audience in at a convention hall around the late 80s (it seems about that time at least). About 40 some minutes of Psycho goodness complete with a skinny tie and bad old lady glasses on Perkins.

Psycho Reunion Panel: Audio clips from the reunion of the surviving crew members in 2008. Some interesting comments as the audio plays over still pictures from the meeting.

Bates Motel Tour: A brief tour of the motel with commentary from the director of the doc.

Revisiting Psycho II: A 15 minute convo with the writer and editor of the sequel with some interesting tidbits about it and lots of love about the script here.

Shooting Psycho II: A interview with cinematographer Dean Cundey about the creation of the movie. Dude carries some weight as the former director of photographer of Halloween and a lot of famous movies. Interesting stuff.

Meeting a psycho Psycho fan: We travel to the home of a super fan. Like any obsessed fan, itís a little creepy. And I wasnít overly impressed with all his stuff. Just saying. I expected a true hoarder.

The other stuff: Psycho on the web, in Art, and in Print A collection of interviews about the original novel and the author. Itís interesting to remember the movie wasnít all Hitchcock. The web portion I didnít find too great, but the art doc about serial killers is a good watch.
Last Call
Overall, I really enjoyed The Psycho Legacy but it left me wanting more. Left me wanting to get a bloody shovel and dig up Perkins and Hitchcock to ask just one more Q. Well, maybe two more.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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