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Alfred Hitchcock shocked audiences in 1960 with his black and white classic Psycho when he decided to kill of leading lady Janet Leigh in the first 45 minutes. Her death scene was considered brutal and almost pornographic in the standards of that day, but Hitchcock didn’t care. He wanted to scare and take you by surprise. Since then, many films have successfully utilized this technique of opening their films with murder and here some that had me hooked.
Definitely one of the most famous scenes in horror story, the original 1978 classic opens with a Pov scene of a mysterious voyeur. We watch through his eyes as two teenagers make out while he grabs a huge knife and mask, waits for the boyfriend to leave and makes his way upstairs. He finds the girl in just her underwear, combing her hair unaware that she’s about to be stabbed to death. »
- Jovy Skol
Written by Tom Wood
What, who, why or even how did your fascination with Horror begin? I will give you a minute to think whilst I set the scene. The other day, I was driving my car to work; A journey that has been done a thousand times before and as a result, it has become so tedious; so pathetically boring; I could probably do it with my eyes closed and without thinking (not that I will of course, that would just be plain dangerous on so many levels); But my point is, whilst I was driving, a question, not just any old question, but that question popped and buried itself deep into the back of my head. A simple question of What made me interested in Horror? Had evolved and mutated like a diseased zombie into further questioning and so forth, that in the end, a whole »
Vera Farmiga‘s dynamic performance as unstable single mom Norma Bates in A&E original series “Bates Motel” demands attention as an Emmy contender for best actress in a drama — perhaps even more so now than when she was first nominated for the role in 2013. Over three seasons, Farmiga has portrayed Norma’s emotional unraveling as her serial-killer son Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) slowly evolves into the character so familiar to fans of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 horror classic “Psycho.” Norma scrapes and claws — often literally — to save her son from murder charges, drug dealers and his own spiraling mental health, »
- Kathy Zerbib
Good news, Bates Motel fans – the show has just been extended for two more seasons. This move will bring us to five seasons, with a few news sites already jumping to the conclusion that season 5 will be the show’s last.
Indeed, perhaps the intention of this double season order is for the writing team to map out a two-year endgame. That’s not been confirmed by any official sources, though. Many expect that the show will start linking up with the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at some point soon, but only time will tell on that one.
Anyone who follows American network TV news won’t find this information as a huge surprise. Although the ratings for Bates Motel have gradually decreased, the show has fared »
Besides making people forever afraid of motel-room showers, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" continues to have an incalculable impact on popular culture. Though it was released 55 years ago this week (on June 16, 1960), it continues to inspire filmmakers and TV producers. In just the last three years, we've seen the 2012 film "Hitchcock" (based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,'" and starring Anthony Hopkins as the director and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh) and the ongoing A&E TV prequel drama series, "Bates Motel."
Still, for all of the "Psycho" trivia revealed in "Hitchcock," the biopic barely scratches the surface of how the film got made, from the men who inspired the invention of Norman Bates, to the trickery Hitchcock used to tease the press while keeping the film's convention-shredding narrative twists a secret, to the film's unlikely connection to "Leave It to Beaver." Here, »
- Gary Susman
Our stay at the Bates Motel has just been extended for two more seasons, so remember to close the curtains when you take a shower! A&E made a bold move today in renewing the series through Season 5, which though not explicitly stated as being the show’s last, is fairly likely. A&E has tried (and failed) to launch other dark dramas like the almost immediately cancelled Those Who Kill, and the one-season wonder The Returned. And while Bates Motel has been operating at a ratings loss since its premiere, the network seems confident in creator and producer Carlton Cuse, and his vision for the series. [caption id="attachment_445719" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via A&E[/caption] Bates Motel has somehow, wonderfully, found a way to really draw out the tension of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) turning into the killer Norman we know from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. (For example, hardly anything of real consequence happened »
- Allison Keene
If Summer movie blockbusters aren't your bag, Turner Classic Movies has a special lineup of eight film classics this season— and through the end of the year. Each TCM Presents screening will include a specially produced introduction and post film recap from TCM hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, who will take audiences behind the scenes of these iconic titles, showcasing exclusive interviews, historical retrospectives and insights into the making of these inimitable classics. The series unfolds as follows. More information on times and locations via TCM's website here. "Jaws" 40th Anniversary Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24 "Double Indemnity" Sunday, July 19 and Monday, July 20 "Grease" Sing-a-Long Sunday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 19 Read More: TCM Film Fest: How 'Sound of Music' and '1776' Were Restored for Their Big Screen Returns Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" Sunday, September 20 and Wednesday, September »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Prepare to get your nostalgia on. Eight films, including “Psycho” and a “Grease” sing-a-long, are returning to theaters later this year as part of the “TCM Presents” series, a partnership between Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies with several major studios.
“Double Indemnity,” “Roman Holiday,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and a double feature of the English and Spanish-language versions of “Dracula” join the previously announced “Jaws” to round out the schedule of classics.
“The series allows us to bring fans another opportunity to engage with classic movies on the big screen from a variety of studios and eras in a way that aligns with our network’s mission to show films the way they were meant to be seen,” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of Turner Classic Movies.
The trend to re-release classic films is consistent with Fox’s plans to stage a live broadcast of “Grease” in 2016 and A »
- Seth Kelley
Writer – Alan Moore
Art – Jacen Burrows
Colors – Juan Rodriguez
Letters – Kurt Hathaway
Publisher – Avatar Press
On its surface, the story of Providence is the story of two genre fiction visionaries who in practice couldn’t be more dissimilar. One died a good decade-plus before the other was born. One wrote mostly prose fiction and probably would have despised the funny books that are the other’s stock-in-trade. One deals mostly in existential dread while the other routinely deals in sex, love, heartbreak, death, and all the messy bits of individual human existence. But Providence aims to find some middle ground between the two.
It’s appropriate that Providence, the long-awaited Lovecraft deconstruction comic miniseries, should come this year, the 125th anniversary of Lovecraft’s birth. No matter what Lovecraft’s place among the pantheon of great horror-fantasy writers might be, it’s a matter of course that modern critical »
- Luke Dorian Blackwood
Kent Jones' new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and sounds like it's a film for the ages, serving more-or-less as a movie for those of us (yes, I shamefully include myself in this) that haven't yet read "Hitchcock", the book that transcribes the famous 1962 sit down interview between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. In fact, if you don't want to read it you can even listen to the entire interview session in its entirety right here or you can sit and wait until the Cohen Media Group releases the new documentary in theaters later this year. amz asin="0671604295" size="small"Featuring interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin (who just won during the Cannes Directors' Fortnight), Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader, this film sets out to take us into the world of the creator of Psycho, »
- Brad Brevet
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones has found time to direct Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about the conversation 50 years ago between the then 30-year-old François Truffaut and 63-year-old Alfred Hitchcock that would become a landmark book. David Fincher, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Olivier Assayas and Arnaud Desplechin discuss the impact of the book and Hitchcock's films—and the first round of reviews is in. So, too, are the interviews with Jones. While is own favorite Hitchcock is Notorious, the film focuses on Vertigo and Psycho. » - David Hudson »
Pamela Anderson has stripped off for PETA.
The 47-year-old actress appears naked in their latest campaign – inspired by the 1960 horror film ‘Psycho’ – to draw attention to the amount of water wasted in the production of meat.
The images show the blonde beauty cowering in the shower, recreating the iconic moment Anthony Perkins’ character Normal Bates stabs Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane in the Alfred Hithcock-directed picture.
The advert which features the tagline, “Make a splash for the environment – try vegan”, aims to encourage people to banish meat from their diet as the industry is the number one cause of water depletion across the globe.
Long-time vegan Pamela explained: “Rivers are siphoned off, not just for the animals but also for crops grown to feed animals on factory farms.
“Producing one pound of beef uses as much water as about six months of showers.”
The spoof images were shot by renowned photographer David Lachapelle. »
- The Hollywood News
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- Scott Beggs
Pamela Anderson is baring her bod for a cause! The former "Baywatch" babe is the latest celeb to go naked for PETA, in an effort to promote veganism and to raise awareness about the drought in California. In the black and white pic, the 47-year-old actress pays homage to "Psycho's" Janet Leigh as she stands naked in the shower with nothing but a towel covering up her bits. "Meat and dairy farms drain half the country’s water," the message reads. "Making a splash for the environment doesn’t just mean shorter showers. Try vegan." "Rivers are siphoned off, not just for the animals but also for crops grown to feed animals on factory farms," Anderson said in a statement. "Producing one pound of beef uses as much water as about six months of showers." This isn’t the first time that Pam has stripped down for PETA -- »
- tooFab Staff
Making Hitchcock proud! Pamela Anderson has teamed up with PETA yet again, this time putting a creative twist on a new ad campaign surrounding the California drought and the meat trade’s water waste. In the black and white photo — Us Weekly has the exclusive first look — Anderson is styled to look like Janet Leigh from the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho. She has her arm and a small towel over her front and is screaming in the shower. “Meat and dairy farms drain half the country’s [...] »
Because of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho, we all know how Bates Motel is eventually supposed to end. Monday's season finale punctuated a season that confirmed Norman Bates's fate as the ultimate psychopath. Since the beginning of the show, it's been hard not to think of Norman as somewhat of an antihero. Sure, he's a mama's boy, but he could be harmless! The series never showed Norman committing the murders that he is behind in real time - until the finale. Read on to find out exactly how Norman goes from a creepy kid to (spoiler alert) a confirmed cold-blooded killer in the course of a season. Source: A&E His blackouts get worse. As Norma grows increasingly concerned about Norman this season, she comes to rely more on Dylan, infuriating Norman and making his "condition" even worse. Both Norma and Dylan have witnessed Norman's blackouts, as they're coming more frequently. »
This close to the Bates Motel season 3 finale, it still doesn't feel as if anything much is actually happening on the show...
This review contains spoilers.
One unqualified success of Bates Motel is how good it is at the shipping game. No Psycho prequel should be able to make me scream ‘Kiss’ multiples times during any given episode, yet with the juggling of the Dylan/Emma and Norma/Romero pairings, the show is overloading on sexual chemistry right now, in a way that could be frustrating, but kind of works. However, the success of the show’s romantic entanglements throws sharp relief on a major problem that has plagued most of Bates Motel’s third season; there just isn’t that much going on.
For a penultimate episode, Crazy just didn’t feel all that different to anything else this season. Caleb and Chick had some tension, Dylan and Emma were cute, »
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Known as the master of suspense, Hitchcock’s career spanned 60 years, during which he was involved in the making of 50 films. To the misery of all his fans, he’s now dead and buried, never to make another amazing suspense film again. But didn’t you ever wonder what inspired him to make his films just that little bit too creepy in the first place?
Hitchcock’s childhood was a lonely one, and he was harshly treated; his strict Catholic father once sent him to a local police station with a note asking the officer to lock him away for 10 minutes as punishment for behaving badly. His mother, equally as Catholic and strict, used to force him to stand at »
- Rachel Bailey
There was a brief stir in January when composer Harry Gregson-Williams publicly expressed, via Facebook, his surprise at hearing music he didn’t recognize at the premiere of Michael Mann’s thriller “Blackhat” — and at not hearing a lot of score he did write.
The composer says his Facebook post has been blown out of proportion, but admits it was disappointing to see music he toiled over dropped (or replaced) in the final cut. But, he stresses, that’s just part of the game.
“You win some, you lose some,” he says, relaying his early mentor Hans Zimmer’s comment that you haven’t made it as a film composer until you’ve had a score rejected.
Gregson-Williams is simply the latest in a long line of composers who’ve watched scores tossed out and replaced whole-cloth, partially substituted by pre-existing tracks, or mangled beyond recognition. Mann is notorious for »
- Tim Greiving
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
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