Signature Scenes: Supercut of Psycho Shower Parodies

by "Penguin" Pete Trbovich on September 27th, 2018 | , | , ,

Lather, rinse, repeat… and DIE! The iconic shower attack in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece of horror Psycho has become so famous, it’s one of the most referenced and parodied scenes in all cinema. In fact it’s so coveted that some directors can’t help but make a shot-for-shot remake hoping some of that magic pixie dust rubs off on them.

According to my copy of Neil Sinyard’s The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, even though the shower scene is only forty seconds of screen time, it took a week to film because of all the technical jump cuts. The scene implies far more violence than it actually shows; go ahead and pause it: you see the knife, you see Janet Leigh, but you never actually see the knife in Janet Leigh.

Incidentally, this is the third film in a row in which Hitchcock hinges the story upon ambiguous identities; with Vertigo it’s Madeleine Elster / Judy Barton, with North by Northwest it’s Roger Thornhill / George Kaplan, and in Psycho it’s Norman Bates and his mother. Interesting, do we know any other directors who did three movies in a row which featured identity crisis for the main characters? Nah, probably a coincidence.

So enjoy this supercut of Psycho homages and parodies. And just think, where would the violin be today without this scene?

Wait, you’re still here? Oh, I see. You want to see the whole intact scene, with context, from Mel Brooks’ hilarious and loving tribute / parody of Alfred Hitchcock movies High Anxiety, don’t you? Yes, that is a special treat for Hitchcockians, isn’t it? Here you go:

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