Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Night 9 of the Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween

Welcome to night 9 of the second annual Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween. Make sure to stop by our Giveaway Post and enter to win a goodie bag full of frightfully good treats from 12 different shops! Tonight we have our next shop feature and the next movie review off our Halloween Movie List. Follow along for an extra 25 entries in the giveaway. But first lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

Dexter Inspired Charm Bracelet  $32

Purchase any item(s) from Laughing Vixen Lounge through October 31st and get 10% off your order. Use code OTOBER10 at checkout.

Featured Shop - Hell In A Handbag

Hell In A Handbag is run by Erin from Nowheresville, California. Her shop is filled with painted ceramics, upcycled vintage decor and handmade accessories.

Custom Bride of Frankenstein Head Vase  $80

How did you choose your shop name?
"To Hell in a Handbag, one of my main focuses when I started selling my handmades was making custom painted purses and bags."

Kewpie and Krossbones Hand Painted
Glitter Purse  $35

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"I've been a vintage lover and crafter for a long time, they just blended together. I love finding unique vintage treasures looking for their special home, along with taking a few and giving them new life."

Custom Hand Painted Zombie
Head Vase or Bust  $150

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"Old movies, old music, fun stuff."

Custom Hand Painted Mermaid
Wall Hanging  $59

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"I have a couple of divorce cake toppers in the works."

Custom Hand Painted Cake Topper
Price Varies

Here is a little peek at the Hell In A Handbag Laboratory. How fun is this room?

The Laboratory

The Laboratory

You'll have a chance to win a Skeleton Hand Sweater Guard and a pair of Glow In The Dark Bone Hairclips from Hell In A Handbag. Enter now on the main giveaway page.

Skeleton Hand Sweater Guard  $15

Glow In The Dark Bone
Hairclips  $12

Visit Hell In A Handbag on the Web and Etsy

Since it's Halloween I had to asked the shops to share their favorite horror films.
"So hard to pick a fave! I can remember my first glimpse of film gore was a snippet of "Father's Day" from the movie Creepshow. My older brother was watching it, and I wasn't supposed to, but I peeked. I will forever remember the hand coming out of the grave and a gurgling "Where's my cake, Bedelia?!" 

Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Movie List.
Follow along with us for a month full of classic and fun spooky movies. Each night there will be a movie review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. Leave a comment on each post with your opinion of that movie. On the last day you will find the magic phrase you will use to unlock the entry worth 25 entries in the giveaway. You must comment on each post.

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 boyish smile.

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

Take a look at the original trailer

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. I love all the info in the psycho trivia, especially the use of white and black colors. This movie is vintage legend imo. Have you seen the Puddle Of Mudd video? awesome homage to the movie.

  2. i looove this movie...i love anthony perkins in general, too =]

  3. 'Hitchcock' is my type of 'horror' movie! The only sort of gore/slasher films I watch are the 'Scream' type.

  4. Supercool trivia...so fun to learn what you turn up!
    It took me forever to see this movie when I was a teenager...I think I watched parts here and there, then saw the whole thing at a friend's movie marathon. It was a blast and totally spooky at the same time. I haven't seen the remake, but I can't imagine Vince Vaughn in it. Maybe Jake Gyllenhaal? Not that I'm a big Jake fan, but he seems to have a dark and sinister side that might work. Or David Arquette, just cuz he's such a horror movie fan and I think he's just twisted enough. ;)

  5. Classic
    Changed history of cinema

    Joanna-Gloria, deb_oro@yahoo.gr

  6. A masterclass of direction
    It defined modern film suspense and horror


  7. This is another one I haven't seen yet, but I would love to! The fact that it is still kind of scary even today is awesome :)

    -Rachael Henzman

  8. Looooooooooove this movie. Hitchcock is one of my favs.


  9. Psycho is a favorite of mine even though it is more of a thriller than a horror movie. The ending is very effective.

  10. Great film-a cult classic & must see. I liked all of the movie facts you posted-interesting. Hitchcock was a master, Rear Window & North By northwest are another 2 of my favs. (Raine on the rafflecopter buzzyngabe(at)yahoo.com)

  11. A classic! The remake did not bring the sense of doom the original evokes!

  12. Love all the info on this film :) I have never watched it...I know, I know--I will though--I promise!

  13. sheila musselman askinsOctober 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    this movie is sooooo good! Not only is the BOO factor great, Norman bring the creep factor! and c'mon who has not pretended to have a knife in their hand and make the eeeeekeeeeek noise? or wait is that only me> maybe i need to back off on watching the horror movies LMAO LOVING the trivia your posting about all these movies! rock on!

  14. Never got to watch this one....I wasnt a big hitchcock fan...

  15. Creepy, atmospheric, classic movie! I love all the 50s-60s culture in this one... and the subtle sex references.

  16. I really like this movie, it is creepy, psycho and funny all at the same time...Norman is quite a character and this will forever be a true "classic" horror film. Great pick!

  17. Another classic!And the music?...Creepyyyyyy! :)

  18. Another classic - and required in any decent film school program.

    Some things are just done well no matter the subject.