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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Psycho is one of those rare movies where knowing the big twist doesn’t hurt it in a rewatch. Anthony Perkins deserves a lot of credit for that. Every time I watch Psycho I get sucked in to Norman Bates’ aw-shucks charm and forget for a split second that he and the evil “Mother” are one in the same. Maybe it’s not so much forgetting, but a striving for the ending to be different this time, that Norman has a Vader-like turn to good against the evil Janet Leigh-slaughtering “Mother.” It’s a silly thought, my rational brain knows better, but the yearning is there nonetheless. Today’s pic features Hitch and Perkins on the set of Psycho. It’s not the most relevatory picture I’ve posted, but any pic with Hitch and Perkins together onset is worth its own day, no? Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is a cheatin’ bitch. See ya’ then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky

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  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    first on behind the scenes

    by nolan bautista


  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    and its a Psycho TB too!

    by nolan bautista

    Janet Leigh was hot..

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Why does Hitchcock remind me of Nolan in this photo?

    by Dharma4

    Seriously, he kind of looks like Christopher Nolan in this photo. Maybe it's that he's directing in a suit, which is going to be my trademark soon.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Christopher Nolan

    by nolan bautista

    i like that wearing a suit to the set profesional..

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Sam Raimi also directs in a suit in tribute to Hitch

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Nolan's Raimi-like insistence on suits?

    by ROBRAM89

    That could be it.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Damn, late on that one.

    by ROBRAM89

    It is weird, though, how I never notice it with Hitch and Nolan but every time I see Raimi in a suit it weirds me out.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    He does have that Nolan look

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

    also reminds me of lorne michaels coming up to the star behind behind the scenes

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Harrison Ford


    would have made a good Norman Bates.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Spoiler Alert would have been good!

    by tiggr009

    Only kidding.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    i read somewhere..

    by nolan bautista

    ..where Nolan says that the reason he wears a suit is because he treats directing like a regular job

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by LookWhosTalkbackingToo

    I always got the strangest looks when I'd refer to the "Vader-like" elements of the movie "Psycho." Nobody seems to pick up on those, much like the subtle R2D2-esque foreshadowing in "Rebecca." And the *clearly* Boba Fett-derived story arc of "Rear Window" is something which oft goes unnoticed. Finally someone is with me on this.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    I mean, not to be a dick or anything,

    by LookWhosTalkbackingToo

    But it predates "Star Wars" by two motherfucking decades, guys. <p> "Vader-like." <p> I just don't... <p> Whatever.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Yeah very nice. check out the thing teaser!

    by louisse

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Someone Photoshopped Andrew Garfield into the photo

    by Dr Lizardo

    Just saying that I kept thinking Tony Perkins was in The Social Network.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I prefer the Arbogast murder to the...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...famous shower scene. The high angle and the quick efficient way in which Norman just appears in the shot, walks right over, and stabs him is great.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    They should remake this movie

    by lochkray

    Shot-for-shot, but in colour. Except have Norman Bates jacking off when he's watching Marion take the shower. That would be genius. Gosh what a great movie that would be.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Shower scene.

    by LookWhosTalkbackingToo

    I believe it was Hitchcock's original intent to have some Imperial Walkers passing by in the background.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately, the last 10 minutes are terrible.

    by matthooper8

    Once they get to the police station, the movie is laughable. The rest is pretty damn great.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Most obvious plot twist in history.


    Only Trig Palin wouldn't have figured it out.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    The remake is better.


    Sorry, I thought this was today's LET ME IN thread.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    So tommorow

    by scrote

    is more of The Thing? Awesome. Agree with ya Quint; revisiting Psycho's kinda like Cronenberg's The Fly...ya just wish they'd somehow worked out a way for the film to finish differently. Ah, The Fly, what a heart-breaker of a movie.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    You guys realize that the re-make was actually a

    by UltraTron

    huge fuck you to the studio? That's why it's shot for shot. The director was like ok I'll make it but fuck you assholes- I'm just gonna film the same thing and add Ann Heche asshole to the mix.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    The fly is so great. I'll tell you what's a perfect movie-

    by UltraTron

    I'd never seen it was that cloudy meatballs flick. Friggin mau dib sentient chicken exosuit in that movie is just out there.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Both dead...

    by marineboy

    Fact :)

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    78 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    will check it out, man. And Ann Heche - lame actress attached to lame movies; I'll never forget Seven Days Seven Nights...what a crock

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    One of the great performances...

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Really. Anthony Perkins's career may have been a one-trick pony, but man, what a trick. Name me ten better lead acting jobs in the last fifty years. Brando in The Godfather...that's about it.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the *Spoiler Alert*

    by ShogunMaster

    Now I know Perkins is really the killer... :(

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Where in there did I infer that Star Wars came before Psycho? I don't. Nice try, but you could learn from our longtime trolls about how to be a dick for no reason and actually pull it off. Good luck on the next go-round!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Re: Psycho remake

    by lochkray

    The remake wasn't a "fuck you" to the studio. It was Gus VanSant who pushed to do a shot-for-shot remake, but Universal would never let him do it. After Good Will Hunting, VanSant had the clout to make the movie. And the result was...well, Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, and Julianne Moore. The only thing good about that movie was William H Macey, who was an actual improvement on Arbogast, in my humble opinion. I don't know about the necessity of having a subliminal cow image flicked on the screen when he takes the tumble down the stairs, but otherwise he was the only glimmer of quality in that otherwise awful idea of a movie. In the end, though, it wasn't any act of defiance against the studio. It was a considerably bad idea from a normally talented director.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Well, Quint...

    by LookWhosTalkbackingToo

    I didn't suggest that you believed "Star Wars" came first. That would be pretty silly, sure. But if you're going assert than thing A is in likeness to thing B, it makes sense, chronologically, for thing B to actually exist at the time of thing A. For instance, I wouldn't say a scene or sequence in a "Friday the 13th" movie is Mario Bava-like. See what I'm saying?<p> Also, you imply, I infer. Now who's the dick?

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST


    by stillsberry

    Must you nitpick? Do you really think you're smarter than everyone here?

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by LookWhosTalkbackingToo

    *I wouldn't say a scene in a Mario Bava movie is "Friday the 13th-like." You know what I meant. <p> Stillsberry, nobody was talking to you.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Worst foreign release title of all time...

    by blackmantis

    ...was the Brazilian release of Psycho, which when translated is "The Son Who Was Mother". Way to give away the whole movie!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Looks like somebody needs a hug!

    by tiggr009

    Watcha talkin' 'bout, Talkin'?

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Blackmantis ---

    by jimbojones123

    That is the very reason why I love this site. Thanks for the tidbit that will make me the envy of my virtual friends.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    The Psycho Score...

    by Carolinamaestro

    One of the greatest original scores ever composed by mortal man. Fact.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Well, now that I think about it

    by LookWhosTalkbackingToo

    I probably could go for a hug if-- wait. <P> THIS ISN'T ABOUT ME!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    ROFL on the Brazilian title

    by tiggr009

    Imagine going to that M. Night movie, "Bruce Willis Is Actually Dead That's Why Only The Kid Sees Him".

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    More honest movie titles

    by tiggr009

    I think movies would do better if they changed their titles to more accurate ones like "Titties In This", or "DiCaprio Dies At The End".

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    The funny thing about the Psycho/Star Wars connection...

    by Nasty In The Pasty that when Han and Luke emerge from the Millenium Falcon's cargo bay when they've been captured by the Death Star, John Williams quotes the four-note "madness" motif from Bernard Herrmann's Psycho score. It's even pointed out on the documentary on the Psycho DVD. Weird.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    actually Attack of the Clones

    by DarthBlart

    may be the most Psycho-like of the 6 Star Wars films, with Anakin Bates killing sand people for Mother.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Luke didn't burn Vader's body...

    by Fletch Gannon

    at the end of 'Jedi', that was all in his mind. He developed a split personality when Anakin died, stuffed his body and now parades around in the armor as Darth Vader. Oh Jezz Lucas is going to make this the plot of his new trilogy.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    and chokes Padme

    by DarthBlart

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    then again the bacta tank scene in Empire

    by DarthBlart

    could be considered like a shower scene.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Anthony Perkins

    by dukeroberts

    I think Andrew Garfield looks like Anthony Perkins too. I was thinking that very thing while watching The Social Network.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Strike Two

    by Disgustipitated

    Ok, Quint...I know you have a lot of work to do, but try to maintain the grammatical correctness of a professional, please. It's not "he and the evil “Mother” are one in the same." It's "he and the evil “Mother” are one AND the same." Just doing my part for Grammatical Correctness Online. Poor grammar and spelling are the number one cause of bad writing online. It's a real problem that often goes unnoticed or ignored and if left untreated could become serious.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Andrew Garfield

    by Carolinamaestro

    Yeah, I mentioned in some thread on this site that he could have played Norman Bates when he was selected to play Peter Parker. I had never heard of him before, but when I saw his picture, I was shocked how much he looked like PSYCHO!!!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST


    by lochkray

    What would be the number two cause of bad writing online? And further in that line of thought, if poor grammar and spelling are the number one cause of bad writing online, what would be the number one cause of bad writing not-online? Perhaps auxesis? Or maybe an overuse of questionmarks to convey passive-aggressive snarky criticisms?

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Simply BRILLIANT!

    by RoarsLoudly

    They stopped making movies like this years ago.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Could've ended in the cellar

    by Daniel2010

    That's my dream vision.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 4:29 a.m. CST

    'striving for the ending to be different this time'

    by Mr Gorilla

    Quint I really think you've hit on something here - it's one of the reasons that films with sad or tragic endings are so rewatchable? For example, I always hope that Carlito is going to make it on that train and out of town - and every time I see the film he gets closer! And don't we all wish that Rick and Ilsa would get it together? Can you do a list of this kind of film, I think it would be delicious.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Psycho 2 was great!

    by Ditko

    That´s all I wanted to say, really.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 5:39 a.m. CST

    WeetWeetWeetWeet - Right, Ditko!

    by wtriker1701

    Perfect sequel! <p> Too bad, they HAD to continue! P3 and P4 just didn't get it! It should have ended right there with Psycho II!

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by lovesamuelfuller

    The Psycho re-make was NOT shot-by-shot identical to the original. It tried somewhat but is very different in many places. Oh and i HATED the re-make. Worst thing Van Sant's ever made (and that's saying something when you talk about a guy who also made "even cowgirls get the blues")

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    You call him "Hitch"...

    by radruss001

    as if you two are buddies. How disrespectful. :(

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST


    by louisse

    Rock on, buddy

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Was it odd for Hitch to wear a suit?

    by bah

    Didn't everyone wear suits all the time back then? Was it really unique to Hitchcock?

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I saw the future of Talkbacking.


    And his name is Fareal.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    i second the spoiler alert; oddly enough I 2nd your user name to

    by Tigger Tales

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Anthony Perkins does a fantastic job.

    by rbatty024

    That might be one of the best bits of acting in the world of cinema. He truly does make you somehow feel sorry for the little monster.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Just too bad that hardly anyone is posting anymore.


    What is it now? Two posts an hour?

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    The only thing I liked about Van Sant's remake

    by skimn

    is the opening shot leading to the hotel room. Makes you wonder if Hitchcock was alive today, how he would utilize digital. Hitch did love mattes and various cinematic "tricks". I think Zemeckis thought the same with some of his shots in What Lies Beneath.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    actually less than 2 posts an hour!<P>but you can have a conversation with a telemarketer!

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    top99shopping and I go way back.


    To Harry's DVD column. <p>40Acres, let's on head on over to the titty bar. Let's leave these Asperger's cases to their insignificant obsessions.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    top99shopping has the alternate ending version on sale

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    $9.99 and you will see Norman Bates become "the one" - he flex he muscle and the jail walls bending. Cut to: BLACK

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    HITCH!!!!! PERKINS!!! Awesome!

    by AsimovLives

    Can you guys beleive that until last month i hadn't see PSYCHO? Well, not only i correct that, but i saw PSYCHO II and II in quick sucession as well. As for young Perkins, one can see that he was a sort of poor man's Montegomery Cliff, until this movie made him into an unique actor on his own right on his own name. And what's amazing with Perkins as Norma Bates is that you can't help but be sympathetic to him. Perkins always made Bates sympathetic, including the suprisingly pretty good sequels. I can't help but feel sorry for poor Bates, despiste the fact he's an uncurable psycho (well, i think he is, i haven't seen PSYCHO IV yet).

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    North by Northwest

    by Shaner Jedi

    now that's an ending. That damn thing doesn't even wait for you to catch your breath before it ends. Psycho by contrast drags post-cellar. It should've went right from cellar to Perkin's face in cell to car being pulled from swamp. The End.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Everyone complains about the doc's explanation

    by skimn

    but it sets up the true ending with Norman alone in the cell, the mother now completely taken over, and the "wouldn't hurt a fly" speech. Maybe early sixties audiences needed some psychological explanation to why "that man was dressin' funny".

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by DioxholsterRestored


  • Oct. 11, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by lochkray

    Exactly! We're so used to the various levels of psycopath as the modern movie going public. Psycho was one of the first, and a "lets explain this now" scene at the end was neseccary, if somewhat disjointed from the rest of the movie.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by DioxholsterRestored

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    77 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    top99shopping is one of the most prolific Talkbackers


    Now that's what I call CHOPpin'.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Such a great film

    by proevad

    That the staggeringly shitty ending didn't come close to harming it's reputation as a masterpiece. Know this is blasphemy, but Psycho 2 was a damn good movie. The remake didn't work at all for me, but I hate Ann Heish or however the fuck you spell her name. And really, who cares?