Because I don’t have enough to do…I decided to give myself a challenge. I am going to watch 1 horror movie every day for the next 100 days and tell you a few things about it you may not already know. The horror movies are going to be a combination of films I have seen or have not seen.
Why am I doing this? Ultimately, I want to study what makes a good horror movie and apply that into my writing. I feel like there are a lot of elements I can improve by considering character development, setting, and dialogue in good horror films. Most of the films I am aiming to watch are those on the exceptional side, either classics, amazing scares or have a cult following.
Now, here we go!
Day 1: Psycho
Writer: Joseph Serano (screenplay), Robert Bloch (novel)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Year released: 1960
- The film Psycho is based on the novel written by Robert Bloch. One thing I didn’t know was that Robert Bloch was a frequent correspondent of H.P. Lovecraft.
- One thing I found particularly interesting is that the main character we are introduced to is not the individual we follow throughout the film.
- The famous shrieking violin score was written by Bernard Herrmann. Herrmann also worked on scores for Citizen Kane (1941). His last score was for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), and he died hours after recording it.
- Psycho was filmed in 30 days.
- Psycho was Hitchcock’s first horror movie. His next was The Birds. There are several references to birds in Psycho, including Bate’s preference to taxidermy birds.