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Joseph Stefano (I) (1922–2006)

Creative horror screenwriter Joseph Stefano has been writing scripts since the early sixties. His first was The Black Orchid (1958). Less than a year later, he met his new friend, Alfred Hitchcock, to do the famous script for Psycho (1960). Stefano decided to drop the script for Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). Stefano later wrote a great screenplay ... See full bio »

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  The Outer Limits (TV Series) (executive consultant - 66 episodes, 1995 - 1999) (senior advisor - 8 episodes, 2000 - 2001)
- Time to Time (2001) ... (senior advisor)
- Flower Child (2001) ... (senior advisor)
- Worlds Within (2001) ... (senior advisor)
- Patient Zero (2001) ... (senior advisor)
- Gettysburg (2000) ... (senior advisor)
 1990-1991 Swamp Thing (TV Series) (developer for television - 14 episodes)
- The Prometheus Parabola (1991) ... (developer for television)
- The Shipment (1990) ... (developer for television)
- From Beyond the Grave (1990) ... (developer for television)
- Falco (1990) ... (developer for television)
- New Acquaintance (1990) ... (developer for television)
 1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV Movie) (executive production consultant)
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"I think doing the screenplay for Psycho (1960) has done me more harm than good. Through the years it has made it very difficult for me to get some of the other kinds of pictures that I would have like to have gone on to".


When he first read the novel "Psycho," he felt the story was weak in that it started with and focused too much on the unsavory Norman Bates character. It was Stefano's idea to Hitchcock to refocus the first part of the film on ill-fated Marion Crane with her embezzlement and shocking shower-stabbing murder at the Bates Hotel. Hitchcock loved the idea of killing off the leading lady (Janet Leigh) ... See more »

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