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(Daily Mail)   In a newly found interview, Alfred Hitchcock says he intend Psycho to be a comedy and was horrified when people took it seriously. Wait, Psycho WASN'T a comedy?   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 39
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2013-02-08 05:50:32 AM  
No, it was relax subby
 
2013-02-08 10:36:01 AM  
Hitchcock was also known to enjoy pulling the leg of anyone who interviewed him.
 
2013-02-08 10:40:26 AM  
That's OK.  Mel Brooks picked up the comedy slack.

"Yeahhhh...xiety!"
 
2013-02-08 11:25:38 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: Hitchcock was also known to enjoy pulling the leg of anyone who interviewed him.


This.  Psycho was never intended to be a comedy. Just listen to the score.  You don't use the dark, brooding music he used in a comedy.
 
2013-02-08 11:26:57 AM  
Maybe he shouldn't have cut Janet Leigh's improvised fart from the shower scene. I heard it made the gaffer puke and turned Anthony Perkins gay.
 
2013-02-08 11:31:41 AM  
Hitchcock never repeated trolled everyone.  That is a filthy lie.
 
2013-02-08 11:38:12 AM  
That scene with the butcher knife slashing across Martin Balsam's face was pure comedy gold.
 
2013-02-08 11:41:18 AM  
I'd really like to see the new Hitchcock boppic.

Does Scarlett Johansson at least have the decency to show her boobs in it?
 
2013-02-08 11:45:19 AM  

fawlty: Darth_Lukecash: Hitchcock was also known to enjoy pulling the leg of anyone who interviewed him.

This.  Psycho was never intended to be a comedy. Just listen to the score.  You don't use the dark, brooding music he used in a comedy.


Actually, Benny Hill was originally going to use the Psycho score for his television show, but couldn't secure the rights.  And the rest, as they say, is history.
 
2013-02-08 11:48:35 AM  

doczoidberg: I'd really like to see the new Hitchcock boppic.

Does Scarlett Johansson at least have the decency to show her boobs in it?


Not sure about that.  But the one they did recently on HBO about his...weird...fascination with Tippi Hedron was excellent.  Called "The Girl."
 
2013-02-08 11:58:56 AM  

born_yesterday: fawlty: Darth_Lukecash: Hitchcock was also known to enjoy pulling the leg of anyone who interviewed him.

This.  Psycho was never intended to be a comedy. Just listen to the score.  You don't use the dark, brooding music he used in a comedy.

Actually, Benny Hill was originally going to use the Psycho score for his television show, but couldn't secure the rights.  And the rest, as they say, is history.


"Yakety Slash" it is then.
 
2013-02-08 12:05:31 PM  

fawlty: Darth_Lukecash: Hitchcock was also known to enjoy pulling the leg of anyone who interviewed him.

This.  Psycho was never intended to be a comedy. Just listen to the score.  You don't use the dark, brooding music he used in a comedy.


Yeah, shoot, listening to him on Alfred Hitchcock presents makes it clear he had fun with the macabre.

Now, the version of Psycho where the guy from Wedding Crashers rubs one out to Anne Heche...
 
2013-02-08 12:21:26 PM  
Ah, yes, I can see it now. "Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: we put the 'laughter' in slaughter!"
 
2013-02-08 12:29:49 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: Hitchcock was also known to enjoy pulling the leg of anyone who interviewed him.


Exactly this. He was taking the piss in this interview. YES< he wanted audiences to have FUN with their terror, but he was very serious about exploring the darkness of Norman Bates.
 
2013-02-08 12:32:02 PM  

Millennium: Ah, yes, I can see it now. "Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: we put the 'laughter' in slaughter!"


Well, he did like to get laughs out of dead bodies, too.

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2013-02-08 02:07:35 PM  
Meh, The Silence of the Lambs was funnier.
 
2013-02-08 02:21:38 PM  
2012 was a hilarious comedy but most people thought it was an action thriller or something.
 
2013-02-08 03:29:48 PM  
I managed to only get my kids to watch 1 Hitchcock film.  We watched Vertigo last fall after it was named greatest of all time.  I figured it was harmless.  They thought it was weirdly intense though (which it is) but I figured that was a pretty tame movie.  They won't go near Psycho and honestly I can't claim to remember much about it.  I saw it 20 years ago.  They probably won't go near it because every time I mention his name my wife gets all "no way are you letting them watch that!"  Apparently she saw "The Birds" in high school and is still afraid of birds to this day.  Weird how effective his films are.
 
2013-02-08 04:12:32 PM  

brandent: I managed to only get my kids to watch 1 Hitchcock film.  We watched Vertigo last fall after it was named greatest of all time.  I figured it was harmless.  They thought it was weirdly intense though (which it is) but I figured that was a pretty tame movie.


Hard to think of many other films about necrophilia and impotence.
 
2013-02-08 04:47:36 PM  
I find it odd that people classify Breaking Bad as a drama, when it is clearly a Dark Comedy. Walter White leaves a trail of bodies everywhere he goes; it's hard not to see how absurd the show is and get a laugh at how over-the-top it is.

I also have my guilty pleasure in Sons Of Anarchy, which isn't a comedy, but really more of a soap opera. It's way overrated as a drama (more "melodrama"), but compelling because it doesn't take itself as serious as the viewer seems to. It works because it isn't specifically a dark comedy, but heads off in a cheesy direction, nonetheless, and takes the viewer along for the ride. That makes it a bit more difficult to classify, but I don't think "melodrama" or "soap opera" are genres for imdb.
 
2013-02-08 04:53:01 PM  

brandent: I managed to only get my kids to watch 1 Hitchcock film.  We watched Vertigo last fall after it was named greatest of all time.  I figured it was harmless.  They thought it was weirdly intense though (which it is) but I figured that was a pretty tame movie.  They won't go near Psycho and honestly I can't claim to remember much about it.  I saw it 20 years ago.  They probably won't go near it because every time I mention his name my wife gets all "no way are you letting them watch that!"  Apparently she saw "The Birds" in high school and is still afraid of birds to this day.  Weird how effective his films are.


Protip: until they're old enough to follow the conversations closely, don't watch Rope with them. After that, you absolutely should.

// why can't someone remake THAT - it's not like we have the "only 8.5 minutes of film at a time limitation" anymore...
 
2013-02-08 05:22:35 PM  

brandent: I managed to only get my kids to watch 1 Hitchcock film.  We watched Vertigo last fall after it was named greatest of all time.  I figured it was harmless.  They thought it was weirdly intense though (which it is) but I figured that was a pretty tame movie.  They won't go near Psycho and honestly I can't claim to remember much about it.  I saw it 20 years ago.  They probably won't go near it because every time I mention his name my wife gets all "no way are you letting them watch that!"  Apparently she saw "The Birds" in high school and is still afraid of birds to this day.  Weird how effective his films are.


I saw Psycho in a theater last year. Pretty much everyone there had seen it before, most of them when it originally came out.

Hell, we even brought my dad.

Nearly EVERYONE in the theater screamed during the shower scene, the stairway scene, and the big reveal.

His films are very effective
 
2013-02-08 05:23:02 PM  
Al, you had an oblique sense of humor.
 
2013-02-08 05:38:19 PM  

doczoidberg: I'd really like to see the new Hitchcock boppic.

Does Scarlett Johansson at least have the decency to show her boobs in it?


No. You see as much as you see in Psycho.

The movie should be called "The Life and Times of Mr. And Mrs. Hitchcock during the filming of Psycho"
 
2013-02-08 06:12:22 PM  

brandent: I managed to only get my kids to watch 1 Hitchcock film.


My kid has seen over 50 Hitchcock films.

Granted, he almost kind of had to. I've coauthored two books about Hitchcock, so for a while his flicks were on all the damn time in my household. They became a family affair.

His favorite is Strangers on a Train or Lifeboat. Mine is either Shadow of a Doubt of The Birds.
 
2013-02-08 06:28:31 PM  

TheSilverKey: Meh, The Silence of the Lambs was funnier.


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"It rubs the greasepaint on its skin or else it gets the seltzer again."
 
2013-02-08 06:49:08 PM  
Well, there's the candy corn scene. Norman's conversations with his mother ("Norman! PUT ME DOWN!"). The stuffed birds ("That's my hobby. Stuffing things"). Marion Crane and the used-car salesman. "Mother, is, uh...she isn't quite herself today." The scene where the car fails for a moment to sink into the lake, and we find ourselves taking Norman's side and rooting for it to go the rest of the way down. AR-BO-GAST, the name and the character. That silly psychiatrist at the end.

Lots of laughs in that movie.
 
2013-02-08 07:14:38 PM  
I've seen The Exorcist about a million times and it keeps getting funnier every time I see it!
 
2013-02-08 07:23:14 PM  
This reminds me of when I got kicked out of the theater for laughing during Schindler's List.
 
2013-02-08 07:37:17 PM  

mongbiohazard: This reminds me of when I got kicked out of the theater for laughing during Schindler's List.


The "I could have saved one more " scene slays me every time
 
2013-02-08 07:40:59 PM  

shoegaze99: brandent: I managed to only get my kids to watch 1 Hitchcock film.

My kid has seen over 50 Hitchcock films.

Granted, he almost kind of had to. I've coauthored two books about Hitchcock, so for a while his flicks were on all the damn time in my household. They became a family affair.

His favorite is Strangers on a Train or Lifeboat. Mine is either Shadow of a Doubt of The Birds.


Your kid may have issues later in life.  It's sort of the flip side of the coin my kids were subjected to, watching Disney flicks over and over and over which probably also isn't healthy.
 
2013-02-08 07:43:52 PM  

mongbiohazard: This reminds me of when I got kicked out of the theater for laughing during Schindler's List.


You too?
 
2013-02-08 07:44:26 PM  
Anthony Perkins made audiences scream with his performance in this infamous shot

It's actually someone else in that shot. Hitchcock felt that Perkins might be too recognizable even in silhouette, so a double was used to create an image that's not contradictory with being Norman Bates but doesn't give it away either.
 
2013-02-08 07:50:52 PM  

brandent: Your kid may have issues later in life. It's sort of the flip side of the coin my kids were subjected to, watching Disney flicks over and over and over which probably also isn't healthy.


Nah, he's older now and actually appreciates a good film because of it. Loves the popcorn stuff, too, just like I do, but he'll actually sit down for a Kurosawa or something with me just because he can get into the art of film. So that's cool.

(And yes, I know you're joking. Cheers!)

Nem Wan: It's actually someone else in that shot. Hitchcock felt that Perkins might be too recognizable even in silhouette, so a double was used to create an image that's not contradictory with being Norman Bates but doesn't give it away either.


True and not true. True that it wasn't Perkins in the shot, but it wasn't necessarily a choice made for that reason. Perkins was in New York during the shooting of the scene. They didn't need him, so they shot it anyway because Hitchcock knew it wouldn't matter if he was in it or not. It was a choice of circumstance, really.
 
2013-02-08 09:03:26 PM  
Most of Hitchcock's films have a strong element of comedy and irony. Think how many times they have been parodied. You can't mine that much comedy gold out of movies unless they have some intentional or unintentional comedy buried in them.

I find that dramatic actors are very good dead-pan comics, and that some very serious movies and books have very good comedy and satire in them. Take Marcel Proust's work. He is really very good at subtle social satire and humour. And The Seventh Seal is a very funny movie in the way that a cathedral is a very funny building. There's many a good joke, not only in the gargoyles, but also the more "serious" art work, where a self-portrait or a patron plunged into Hell is not an unusual "easter egg" for the connaisseur of gothic art and architecture.

Hitchcock may have been leading a journalist up the garden path, but he made an art form of that, both in his movies and in his real life relations with the media, actors, etc. He was a mystifier with a machete in hand but a twinkle in his eye. Practicial jokes were a speciality, but they weren't vulgar and obvious. He was like the fabled samurai who could slice you to deah without you knowing until your head unexpectedly fell off some time later.
 
2013-02-08 09:13:35 PM  

shoegaze99: brandent: I managed to only get my kids to watch 1 Hitchcock film.

My kid has seen over 50 Hitchcock films.

Granted, he almost kind of had to. I've coauthored two books about Hitchcock, so for a while his flicks were on all the damn time in my household. They became a family affair.

His favorite is Strangers on a Train or Lifeboat. Mine is either Shadow of a Doubt of The Birds.


The Trouble With Harry.
End of story.
 
2013-02-08 11:54:36 PM  
Terror and laughter are close cousins.  Look at the Star Wars prequels.
 
2013-02-09 12:12:08 AM  
It was one of the first, and one of the best, of a new generation of studio-made exploitation films that were based on the increasingly sensationalist pulp fiction and "non-fiction" of the 1960s and 1970s.
 
2013-02-09 01:53:49 PM  
Psycho 2 certainly was.

You sure you won't have a sandwich?

Pardon?

*CLANG*
 
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