E-book Published: June 16th, 2010
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
Originally Published: 1990
First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it.
Stephen Rebello brings to life the creation of one of Hollywood’s most iconic films, from the story of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to Hitchcock’s groundbreaking achievements in cinematography, sound, editing, and promotion. Packed with captivating insights from the film’s stars, writers, and crewmembers, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is a riveting and definitive history of a signature Hitchcock cinematic masterpiece.
So did you know that today - March 12th - is Alfred Hitchcock Day? I didn't! But in staying with tradition, I've decided to review a recently released e-book on Hitchcock and the making of the movie Psycho. (P.S. - If you haven't seen this movie yet, I think you've been living in a cave - go watch it now!!)
I found this book to be just as riveting, interesting, and unique as Psycho itself! From the very first chapter, where you learn how the story of Pyscho came out (did you know it was based on a semi-true story?) to the subsequent chapters where Rebello's details make you feel as if he were on set everyday.
But there are two things I really loved about this book. The first is the portrayal of Hitchock. Rebello, with good reason, seems to be in awe of the amazing director. But in the book, he allows the reader to make their own judgments by openly showing all of the directors faults as well as his talents. There were times when I felt like Hitchcock was so generous, others when he seemed to be evil, others when he seemed to be psycho (ironic, huh?), and others when he seemed to be desperate. I love the fair portrayal of the Director, while at the same time, showing us enough of his genius to keep reminding us why there's an entire book out on the guy :)
The second thing I loved about this book was that Rebello didn't focus solely on Hitchock. There were so many details about other actors, cameramen, even cinematographers. I found their stories (both about themselves, and about Hitchcock) so interesting and fun to read.
The only thing I wish could have been in this book, would be the actual script from Pyscho. I think that (or at least some pictures) would've brought the book up to an entirely different level. With that being said, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Check it out and let me know what you think GCReaders!!!
For Your Viewing Pleasure: A few trailers from Psycho: