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If it wasn’t official, it is now: Scream Factory is the premiere home video label for horror fanatics. From cult classics, out-of-print obscurities, to major studio releases, and fan favorite sequels, their output of releases is staggering and near Criterion levels of excellency. As if their Fall slate wasn’t already jam packed, they’ve now announced Richard Franklin’s sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Psycho II, and the Anthony Perkins directed Psycho III!
No exact details on an official release date or bonus features, but Icons creator & Psycho aficionado Robg will be involved! If you’ve seen his labor of love documentary Psycho Legacy (and if you haven’t, see it Asap!) , you know we’re in for a wealth of information.
Here’s the official word from Scream Factory:
“Norman Bates and “mother” are coming home…to Scream Factory!
- Justin Edwards
Blu-ray Release Date: July 23, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $24.95
Studio: Olive Films
The film concerns a jaded disc-jockey (Newman) who offers his services to Wusa, a conservative, hate-stirring station out of New Orleans. While struggling with his own apathy, the deejay begins spreading hateful messages perpetrated by the owner of the station (Hingle), which leads to some pretty ugly goings-on.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke) and based on Robert Stone’s best-selling novel A Hall of Mirrors , Wusa also stars Laurence Harvey (1962′s The Manchurian Candidate), Don Gordon (Bullitt), Cloris Leachman (The Women), Moses Gunn (The Neverending Story) and Wayne Rogers (TV’s M*A*S*H).
Wusa was released by on DVD by Olive »
The Season 1 finale left us with so many questions -- Did Norman actually kill Miss Watson? Or is her death connected to other dangerous elements of White Pine Bay? Who was Bradley's father having an affair with? What's Sheriff Romero really up to? And what exactly happened in Norma's past? -- and of course the powers that be won't give us answers, because that would spoil the fun.
Here's what executive producer Carlton Cuse and stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot and Nestor Carbonell were able to tease about Season 2 before the recent "Bates Motel" event at the Paley Center in Los Angeles.
Get ready to meet more branches on the Bates family tree...
"We'll meet some »
As someone who loves the Psycho movies, I have a tremendous amount of respect for filmmaker Richard Franklin who had the daunting task of helming a sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous movie. But you need look no further than the opening scene of his 1978 feature debut Patrick, which depicts the title character murdering his mother & her lover to understand why he was the perfect choice for Psycho II. And while word of any remake is often met with much skepticism, knowing that the redux of Patrick was going to be the first narrative feature from Mark Hartley, the fellow behind the excellent documentaries Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens Unleashed piqued my interest. Now, we’ve got the first look at footage from the final flick. Below is the international trailer for Patrick, the story of a young nurse (Sharni Vinson from You’Re Next!) who becomes the »
- Rob Galluzzo
Chicago – So you’re a young woman who decides to fall asleep in your car parked just off the highway. You’re awoken by the rapping fist of a chiseled cop who leers at you with the sexual appetite of a drooling wolf. Sounds like a meet cute straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” But in Marcio Garcia’s head-slapping dud, “Open Road,” it’s supposed to be heartwarming.
See, the cop, David (Colin Egglesfield), has such an instantaneous infatuation with the woman, Angie (Camilla Belle), that he practically can’t contain his excitement when she complains that her car won’t start. So David checks to see what’s wrong with the car, and since he’s off-camera, we assume that he’s hacking away at the engine with his nightstick. After treating her to a meal, David suggests that Angie stay with him in his trailer for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With A&E’s “Bates Motel” now airing Monday nights, Movoto’s regular readers were apparently thinking about the middle-of-nowhere deathtrap known as the Bates Motel. They wanted to know how much it would cost to purchase the creepy motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and set up shop. Their best guess is that the original Bates Motel from... Read More »
With the resurgence of Psycho's popularity thanks to the success of A&E's "Bates Motel," real estate blog Movoto thought it would be fun to figure how much the iconic motel would be worth today. We have that info right here, bloodstains and taxidermied animals not included.
Along with the valuation, we also got our hands on a still from tonight's Episode 1.09, "Underwater." Check it out below.
Although the traditional school of thought is that the top three influences on a property's value are location, location, location, in this instance they are location, number of rooms, and comparable hotel rates. After a thorough investigation (which you can read about in detail by hitting the Movoto link at the bottom of the page), their best guess is that the original Bates Motel from the Alfred Hitchcock movie would cost evil investors about $804,000 if it were placed on the market today in Blythe, »
- KW Low
Norman Bates once said “We all go a little crazy sometimes,” but never has this been truer than in the genre that spawned everybody's favourite mother's boy. I speak, of course, of the slasher film, the roots of which can arguably be traced back to Psycho (1960), Alfred Hitchcock's monochrome masterpiece.
Though there are cases for other films being the trigger point for the modern stalk and slash movie, notably Mario Bava's Bay of Blood (1971), Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom (1960), and even the various celluloid incarnations of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, all of which are put forward by the contributors in Calum Waddell and Naomi Holwill's Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever, it was Psycho that brought murder to the masses and opened the vein for what was to follow.
Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever is out on 13th May 2013 in a splatter-packed two disc set. »
Hitch’s 10 hottest gents, suspicious and sinister for your pleasure.
Yesterday, Google celebrated the birth of legendary graphic designer Saul Bass with an awesome little animation on its main page. Bass was most known for his movie title sequences, which included three of Alfred Hitchcock‘s staples: Vertigo, North By Northwest, and Psycho. Just as Google intended, this got me thinking about how hot the male stars of Hitchcock movies are — specifically the 10 hottest dudes in the Hitchcock oeuvre. The results of my heavy contemplation are in.
Call “Mother!” because these 10 gents are psychotically hot.
What could be hotter than a debonair man with mood swings? In Rebecca, Laurence Olivier (or as I prefer to call him, Mr. Vivien Leigh) basically traumatizes his new wife (Joan Fontaine) by bringing her into his ghostly old estate and subjecting her to an evil housekeeper (Judith Anderson »
- Louis Virtel
Google is known for their creative "Doodles" on special days throughout the year. May 8 was no different as the company celebrated renowned graphic designer Saul Bass' 93rd birthday. Bass passed away in 1996, but his impact is long-lasting.
Bass created some of the world's most iconic brand logos, including At&T, Quaker Oats, Dixie and the Girl Scouts of America. He was also responsible for many legendary movie posters, including "The Shining," "Vertigo," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "Anatomy of a Murder."
However, the Google Doodle pays tribute to Saul through something else he was known for, movie title sequences. The video features the word "Google," as written in many of Bass' better-known title sequences. Movies like "Spartacus," "Ocean's 11," "Around the World in Eighty Days" and "Psycho" are represented in the video. Saul's last credited work is the 1998 shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho," which utilized a title »
Today would have been the 93rd birthday of the incredible artist Saul Bass. Bass designed some of cinema's most beloved posters and opening titles, and you know his work even if you may not have known his name. He also won an Oscar in 1969 for his documentary short, "Why Man Creates". And as we saw by the poster for Django Unchained, his style continues to be emulated. In honor of Bass' birthday, today's Google Doodle mimics some of Bass' most famous opening titles including Spartacus, Anatomy of a Murder, Psycho, and North by Northwest. Hit the jump to check out the sequence, and if you like Bass' work, you should pick up Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design. Via Google. »
- Matt Goldberg
Today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 93rd birthday of famed graphic designer Saul Bass and the 81-second video, which you can watch in full directly above, pays tribute to Bass's legacy of film title sequence and poster work all set to the tune of "Unsquare Dance" by Dave Brubeck. Below I have included the films referenced in the video and they include Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest and another two films from Otto Preminger in The Man With the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. Also included is a tribute to the poster art for Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus as well as tributes to West Side Story and Around the World in 80 Days. The work done here was completed by Matt Cruickshank, an artist who worked on the upcoming Golden Book for Pixar's Monsters University and it was created entirely in Adobe's Illustrator and After Effects programs. »
- Brad Brevet
Ready to feel an ominous chill in the air while simultaneously being incredibly impressed?
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Saul Bass, the artist responsible for some of the most iconic motion-picture title sequences of all time, including the openers from The Man With the Golden Arm, North by Northwest, and Psycho.
Google’s homepage Doodle today, on what would have been Bass’ 93 birthday (he passed away in 1996), starts with disjointed text bars that spell out ‘Google’ as a nod to Psycho. When viewers click play they are taken through a Google-ized spin on some of Bass’ most famous works: the »
- Erin Strecker
If you watch classic Hitchcock films like North By Northwest and Vertigo and wonder why movies don't have spectacular title sequences like that anymore, it's because Saul Bass is no longer around to make them. Bass, who would be 93 years old today, was the title sequence designer who made title sequences an art form, bringing Hollywood into the modern age in the 50s and 60s and creating bold, iconic and abstract images that defined the films as much as the directors themselves did. In today's Google Doodle, which you can see by visiting the Google homepage or just watching the video above, they pay tribute to Bass by referencing nine of his films, including three Hitchcock classics-- Psycho, North by Northwest and Vertigo-- plus Spartacus, West Side Story, Around the World in 80 Days and more. According to The Washington Post the design team was lead by Matt Cruickshank, »
When you embark on your morning internet queries today you may notice the option to press play where the traditional Google symbol usually lies. That is because the always festive Google doodle is honoring Saul Bass, the iconic American graphic designer who punctuated film titles with raw images and fragmented text. The design visionary would turn 93 if he were still alive today.
Bass, who was born and raised in the Bronx, moved to Hollywood in his twenties to pursue creating film ads. For his first big gig, designing the opening sequence for Otto Preminger's "The Man with the Golden Arm," Bass shocked filmgoers with his edgy paper-animated interpretation of the film's themes of drug addiction. Soon Hollywood's greatest filmmakers were clamoring for Bass' innovative touch.
Bass, whose motto was "symbolize and summarize," incorporated 1920s Soviet design into his aesthetics, adding a distinctly American flavor and a predilection for jagged edges. »
- Priscilla Frank
The 10 best Saul Bass title sequences
Google has marked the birthday of Saul Bass with one of the search engine's most elaborate "doodles" yet – an animated sequence based on his designs for film title credits, film posters and corporate logos.
Bass, who died in 1996, worked with film-makers including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese over the course of a 40-year career, approaching his commissions in the spirit of a graphic design problem to be solved.
Born into an immigrant family in New York's Bronx, he began working on print work for film adverts in Hollywood during the 1940s. A breakthrough came in the film industry when he was hired in 1954 by Otto Preminger to create an innovative title sequence for the credits of the film, Carmen Jones, which he did using an animated flaming rose. »
- Ben Quinn
After last week’s violent confrontation, ‘The Man In Number 9’ gets off to a slow start, with Sheriff Romero explaining to the Bates’ just how they are going to spin this whole saga to the public. Though Dylan is outraged at this blatant cover up, Norma and Norman relish the idea that everything is finally behind them, or so they think.
The fresh start might not exactly be as fresh as Norma was hoping. Upon trying to promote her hotel she discovers that word does really get around in a small town, and everyone is aware of the nasty business that has been happening at the motel. Just as she’s about to give up hope, a man shows up asking about his standing room reservation he has when Keith Summers owned the motel. Though overjoyed at some business finally, »
- Flickering Myth
The French film industry has always been among the worlds most important……at least to film studies professors. Most French movies are either funded by the French government or made with the support of government-linked media companies. Filmmakers face little market pressure in the creative process. That helps explain why they’re so boring!
Starbuck opens this weekend so we here at We Are Movie Geeks have decided to post this article about our favorite French films. Okay, so Starbuck is technically a Canadian film shot in Quebec, but its French language so, in our eyes that makes it French! The Hollywood remake is already in the can. It stars Vince Vaughn. The remake was originally tilted Dickie Donor but they’ve changed it to Delivery Man, so you just know they’ve screwed it up bad. This list may not line up with that of your typical French Cinema scholar. »
- Movie Geeks
Waxwork Records has announced the upcoming vinyl release of the soundtrack to Stuart Gordon's 1985 horror classic Re-Animator. The beloved score, composed by Richard Band (who riffed heavily on Bernard Hermann's theme for Hitchcock's Psycho), has been specially mastered for this vinyl edition, and the sleeve includes his own liner notes, along with original photos of the score recording session in Rome. The album artwork, created by Ghoulish Gary Pullin, is also included as a full-color poster, and the limited-run LP pressing of the sickly green 180-gram vinyl record also includes a number of randomly inserted glow-in-the-dark variants. The LP goes on sale July 1st via the Waxwork Records website. In the meantime, spin this sample of the legendary Re-Animator theme:
- Gregory Burkart
A book filled with inner monologue, a Bengal tiger and a shipwrecked boy somehow managed to be turned into a film; an Academy Award-winning one at that. Ang Lee has himself called Life Of Pi the most difficult film he’s ever made. Life Of Pi was once considered unfilmable due to the importance of the tiger and its human qualities. However, thanks to the required technology being enabled a few years ago, the tiger and story could finally be brought to the big screen. Check out Thn’s list of seemingly unfilmable films which were made into movies.
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
A key to bringing those supposedly unfilmable movies to life is modern CGI. Where would the Lord Of The Rings trilogy be without it? Children would have played hobbits, Nazgûl-birds made to fly by hanging them on strings, and a doll would have portrayed Gollum, »
- Isra Alkassi
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