Classic Movie Clip: The Famous Shower Scene From “Psycho”

Classic Movie Clip

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock released “Psycho” in 1960 and the film’s chilling shower scene would make him a legend for generations to come.

A great scene, which only a genius could recreate!

The famous shower scene, in Psycho (1960) by Alfred Hitchcock is known as the finest movie scene of all time. The scene runs for 3 minutes and has 77 different camera angles. The combination of close-ups with their short duration makes the sequence feel more realistic than it would have been if the images were presented at a wider angle, an example of the Hitchcock technique described as “transferring the menace from the screen into the mind of the audience.”

The soundtrack, composed by violins and violas, is an original composition by composer Bernard Herrmann entitled “The Murder”.

A curious fact is that the blood is actually chocolate syrup because it has the consistency and density similar to that of the real blood, and black and white is best appreciated.

In addition, to create the sounds of the knife nailing into Marion’s body, a watermelon was used. It is considered as the most famous murder scene ever filmed and one of the most jarring.

Shower Scene took a full week to complete, using fast-cut editing of 78 pieces of film, 70 camera setups, and a naked stand-in model (Marli Renfro) in a 45-second impressionistic montage sequence, and inter-cutting slow-motion and regular speed footage. The piercing, shrieking, and screaming of the violin strings of Bernard Herrmann’s shrill music play a large part in creating sheer terror during the horrific scene – they start ‘screaming’ before Marion’s own shrieks.

Hitchcock admitted that the only reason he made “Psycho” was to do the shower scene.

As a true Hitchcock fan I’m here sharing you the shower scene from “Psycho”:


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