The Everlasting Impact of Psycho


Madison Hanson, Writer

In celebration of reaching our unofficial start of fall, I’ve decided it’s finally my favorite time of the year. Annually I await the season of horror films and being able to eat a ton of candy without really getting judged. With us coming up on Halloween, I wanted to touch one of the most classic horror films ever, Psycho.

Alfred Hitchcock had a few popular horror films before Psycho such as Vertigo and North by Northwest, although Psycho was something viewers in the early ’60s had never seen before. At the time, Psycho was one of the most graphic films to ever be seen by American and British audiences. For anyone who’s seen the famous shower scene in Psycho, you might feel weird hearing it was ever considered to be gory or graphic, especially in comparison to movies like Saw. However, back in the ’60s, things were so censored that Hitchcock chose to film the movie in black and white to avoid depicting graphic blood splatters.

Psycho was also one of the first movies to kill off the main lead and sympathize the main antagonist of the movie. This later went on the inspire movies like Bonnie & Clyde, Halloween, and Scream. The score of the film also had an impact on the film industry. Psycho matched the sound of piercing and shrieking violins to the violent stabbings of the shower scene; similarly, Jaws used the sounds of bass, cello, trombone, and a tuba to match the music to the suspense of a looming shark attack.

Overall, Psycho has been referenced by movies, tv shows, and average citizens since its debut. The famous shower scene has been recreated by the cast of That ’70s Show, Friends, and Seinfeld. The relentless references and recreations prove that this movie has had a truly everlasting impact on the film industry and our society.