Iconic and cantankerous Psycho director Alfred Hitchcock was never a man to mince words. In a recently discovered 1964 tape from BBC archives, Hitchcock made comments that may be surprising to some fans of what is widely regarded to be his most notorious and terrifying work. Apparently, viewers of Psycho got it wrong.
Hitchcock described the 1960 film as "tongue-in-cheek."
"A lot of people looked at this thing and said, 'What a dreadful thing to do, how awful', and so forth," Hitchcock explained in the tape.
"The content was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke," he said. "I was horrified to find some people took it seriously."
"[Psycho] was intended to make people scream and yell and so forth," the director said. "But no more than screaming and yelling on a switchback railway … so you mustn't go too far because you want them to get off the railway giggling with pleasure."
These quotes are now available in the audiobook, Alfred Hitchcock: In His Own Words. The director was also known to have a dry and wicked sense of humor, so it isn’t a surprise that he would look to infuse his scariest works with absurd elements, and you can’t get much more ridiculous than Mrs. Bates’ dead skeleton in a chair, wearing a wig, and her Sunday best.
What do you think? Can you see the humor and the horror in Psycho?
via Digitial Spy and the Guardian UK