Halloween Scene: The Psycho Legacy (2010)

Not technically a horror movie, I think The Psycho Legacy still makes a fitting Halloween Scene entry because a) it’s about one of the most important horror movies of all time and b) I haven’t done one of these posts in a while and wanted to get back to them!

I’ve had this double disc documentary about Psycho I-IV sitting around for quite a while. I thought about maybe rewatching the classic original and then going through and watching the rest for the first time before watching the doc, but decided against it. Maybe I should have because the doc is spoiler heavy. I wasn’t mad, though, how else would they talk about the flicks without talking about their twists, turns and endings.

As it is, I’m not the world’s biggest Psycho fan. I’ve seen it a time or two and respect it like crazy, but for some reason it never made its way into my top three (Jaws, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween), which is funny because all of those movies owe a debt to Psycho and Hitchcock. After watching this documentary, I want to watch it again and hopefully like it even more.

It also made me want to watch the sequels, something I’ve never been particularly interested in. I had never thought about or researched them much, so I didn’t know that Anthony Perkins was involved throughout all of the movies, even directing one. I also wasn’t aware that one time interviewee of mine Mick Garris directed the fourth installment or that Elliot himself Henry Thomas starred as a young Norman Bates in the fourth movie.

It’s interesting watching something like this because it’s got a great mix of cast and crew from all the movies–all of whom seem to have had a wonderful time making all the flicks–as well as directors, writers and bloggers who had nothing to do with the making of the films, but have become fans. I think it’s interesting to get their perspective on the flicks and while they might wind up a bit skewed–no one complains about the sequels, I mean–I like hearing the good about movies that I’ve only really heard being panned.

There’s a ton of extras that came along with the disc, but I haven’t gotten to them yet, but probably will after watching the sequels. All in all though, I found the documentary to be well made, very interesting and made me want to learn even more about Anthony Perkins. He seems like he was a really classy dude who knew how to be in and make movies. Maybe the Psycho flicks will be part of this year’s daily Halloween Scene October celebration? Hopefully I’ll remember…

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