Sunday, October 9, 2011

Night 9 of "Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween"

Welcome to night 9 of "Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween". Tonight we have our next featured shop from our GIANT Giveaway. We also have the review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. First off lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

Tonight's Featured Item - Dexter Inspired "Killer Charm Bracelet".

Killer Charm Bracelet $32
Purchase the Dexter Inspired "Killer Charm Bracelet" from Laughing Vixen Lounge during October and get 10% off. Use code OCTOBER10

Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Shop Feature - Hell In A Handbag

Tonight's featured shop is Hell In A Handbag run by Erin from Nowheresville, California USA. Her shop is filled with vintage finds and custom artwork.

So why Hell In A Handbag? "Seemed fitting. ;)"

What inspires Erin's designs? "Tattoo art, pop art, kooky culture, movies, horror, vintage fashion."  

Why did you decide to start your shop? "I needed a new outlet for my "art" & vintage goodies." And why did you choose to make what you do? "I think they choose me. I'll just see something old and it calls out to be revamped."

Since it's Halloween I had to ask the shops what their favorite horror film is."How do I pick just one?! I'm a sucker for vampires, and I dig zombies, *hardy har har* but of all time, I think I'd hafta go with the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Scared the s*#t outta me."

A big thanks to Erin and Hell In A Handbag for joining in the giveaway. Make sure to stop by the shop and see what ghastly good products are hiding there.

Now for tonight's movie. Make sure to leave a comment below. Anyone who leaves a comment, with their opinion of the movie, for each of the 31 movies will get an extra 10 entries in our GIANT Giveaway.

Night 9 - Psycho

Taglines - No One ... BUT NO ONE ... Will Be
               Admitted To The Theatre After The Start
               Of Each Performance Of Alfred
               Hitchcock's Psycho.
               It Is Required That You See Psycho From
               The Very Beginning!
               Don't give away the ending - it's the only
               one we have!

Alfred Hitchcock directed this film version of the novel by Robert Bloch. Released by Paramount Studios (but actually owned by and filmed at Universal Studios) on August 25, 1960. Secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) decides on a whim to steal $40,000 and run off to be with her boyfriend Sam Loomis (John Gavin). She may have gotten away with it if she had not made one fatal error...stopping at The Bates Motel for the night. Caretaker Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his "Mother" make this an unfortunate night for Marion. Can her sister Lila Crane (Vera Miles) and Sam solve the mystery of what happened to Marion or will they fall prey to The Bates Motel too?

I simply adore this movie. The black and white is gorgeous and the music is divine. It truly is one of the scariest scores out there. The fact that it's over 50 years old, there is no gore and not a lot of violence, and it can still scare you is a testament to how well made it is.

Anthony Perkins is brilliant as the overgrown child Norman Bates. His dialogue with Marion in the parlour is engrossing. He goes from innocent to dark and back again with ease (this probably should have been her cue to leave right then and there!). The whole scene where he cleans the bathroom just makes my skin crawl.

I know I'm probably the only one that actually liked the Gus VanSant remake of Psycho but Vince Vaughn did a great job at the role of Norman. It's always tricky stepping into an iconic role like that but I think he did good at capturing Anthony Perkins' Norman while still making it his own. Either way you look at it it's still creepy watching either of them eating those candy corns with that slightly evil smile.

And there's the house. I love it and the motel. Just plain creepy and wonderful!

Some trivia about the movie...
1. Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously from Robert Bloch for only US$9,000. He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret.
2. Alfred Hitchcock's cameo is about four minutes in wearing a cowboy hat outside Marion's office.
3. Walt Disney refused to allow Alfred Hitchcock to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s because Hitchcock had made "that disgusting movie "Psycho".
4. In the opening scene, Marion Crane is wearing a white bra because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to show her as being "angelic". After she has taken the money, the following scene has her in a black bra because now she has done something wrong and evil. Similarly, before she steals the money, she has a white purse; after she's stolen the money, her purse is black.
5. Marion's white 1957 Ford sedan is the same car (owned by Universal) that the Cleaver family drove on "Leave It to Beaver" (1957).
6. First American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen.
7. The novel "Psycho", written by Robert Bloch, was actually part of a series of pulp novels marketed in conjunction with the popular spooky radio show "Inner Sanctum".
8. To ensure the people were in the theaters at the start of the film (rather than walking in part way through) the studio provided a record to play in the foyer of the theaters. The album featured background music, occasionally interrupted by a voice saying "Ten minutes to Psycho time," "Five minutes to Psycho time," and so on.
9. The Bates house was largely modeled on an oil painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The canvas is called "House by the Railroad" and was painted in 1925 by American iconic artist Edward Hopper. The architectural details, viewpoint and austere sky is almost identical as seen in the film.
10. In the murder scene in the shower, we never see the knife actually touching the victim's body.
11. The last shot of Norman Bates' face has a still frame of a human skull superimposed on it, almost subliminally. The skull is that of Mother.
12. Alfred Hitchcock strictly mandated, and even wrote into theater managers' contracts, that no one arriving after the start of each showing of "Psycho" would be admitted into the theater until the beginning of the next showing.


  1. alfred hitchcock understood 'suspence' & that the human mind doesn't need to see to believe. *awesome* director!

  2. It's been a long time, but when I took the tour at Universal Studios in Hollywood they informed us how many cameras they used for that shower scene. I remember it being a whole lot of camera angles and one tiny shower.

  3. The Classic horror my opinion. Still gives me shivers when I watch it. I work in long term care and many of our elders STILL refuse showers because of this

    LOVE it!

  4. OH...... your charm bracelets make me want to work overtime just so I can own every single one...they are GORGEOUS! The best I have seen online!

  5. I think Psycho is great,it is one of the first scary movies i watched with my mom when i was young.The Bates Motel is classic it!

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  6. Psycho is an awesome movie! We have a Bates Motel here in Amarillo... I guess we have a pretty good sense of humor here lol.

  7. Psycho is the perfect type of scary movie for me!

  8. The turning point in horror cinema... A milestone in cinematic history and the absolute direction of audience... Love it


  9. I was on a cruise once and I was the only person in the theater for Psycho. The worker came in and told he was going to stop the film. I asked why. He said because there was a problem...the color wasn't working. Hee, hee, hee. A little later I felt sooooo old.

  10. I love all of Hitchcock's movies and this is one of my all-time favorites. So well crafted and the chocolate sauce, brilliant!

  11. Hitchcock is the MASTER and Psycho is a classic. Plus it was kewl to visit the house on the hill at Universal Studios heh

  12. What can I say about Psycho. The best horror movie. I think Alfred Hitchcock is the master of cinema.

  13. Anne- Oh how funny haha..the color wasn't working! Thanks for the smile:)
    It would not be the same in color!!
    Speaking of 'in color' i wanted to mention the 1998 remake of Psycho starring Anne Heche wasn't half bad in my opinion.

  14. Your list of movies is just great! Every movie belongs to thelist of the best!And this one is not an exception. Hitchcock is Hitchcock...

  15. Psycho is such a classic! I watched the movie a couple of times.

  16. This was and still is one of the greatest slasher movies of all time!!! and that's a fact too!