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'Psycho': The Mother of All Horrors

Psycho stands out not only for being one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, it is also one of his most influential. It has been a template and source material for an almost endless succession of later horror films, making it appropriate to identify it as the mother of all horror films.

Francesc Quilis
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Warning! These Films Contain Madness

Attempts to update horror icons by recasting them as mere 'mistreated monsters' risk bringing them too far out of the paradoxical isolation that fuels their monstrosity.

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No Texas, No Chainsaw, No Massacre: The True Links in the Chain

With Texas Chainsaw 3D's release, the question of what the "True Story" (if any) really was, is catching the buzz, again.

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Movie Toilets: Women and the Politics of Defilement

The toilet, and its spirit ally, potty humor, has come to be associated with a kind of strength—both at the box office and in terms of a cultural defiance.

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Reshaping the Stories: 'Scripting Hitchcock'

How did Hitchcock do it, particularly considering that the sources for Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie all began as literary works that were not particularly “Hitchcockian?”

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Christopher O'Riley Performs Bernard Herrmann's Prelude to 'Psycho'

Classical pianist and composer Christopher O'Riley curates Mixed Media selecting favorites of his work and others.

Christopher O'Riley
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Hitchcock 101: Day Nine, 1959 - 1960

About 50 years ago Hitchcock followed his artistic masterpiece with two of the most important movies ever to emerge from Hollywood. Two very different pictures, each was to chart a course for an entire genre.

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The Modern Prometheus: Creature and Creator in 'Vertigo' and 'Psycho'

Just as Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley famous novel creates what turns out to be a monstrosity, so also does Scottie in Vertigo and Norman Bates in Psycho.

Andrew W. M. Smith
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Point Omega by Don DeLillo

Entirely too long at 117 pages, Don DeLillo’s latest novel was inspired by an installation at the Museum of Modern Art in 2006 called 24 Hour Psycho.

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Hitchcock and Philosophy by David Baggett and William A. Drumin [Editors]

To borrow a phrase from a filmmaker friend of mine, these books are ontic antics with a vengeance.

David Sterritt
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