by Stephen Rebello
What could have been a dry, scholarly book turned out to be almost as much fun as watching the film. Rebello traces the concept of Psycho from the true-life story of Ed Gein through and release in theatres, spending a great deal of time on the production and post-production of the film. As you can imagine, the chapters on the two murders are quite exhaustive. The author writes on the music, the titles, the staging, the casting, the costuming, script changes... everything about this milestone of a movie in detail that is just enough to give the reader a full knowledge of the facts without being overly detailed.
As the title suggests, the book is as much about Alfred Hitchcock as about the movie. Extensive research with colleagues and friends of Hitchcock reveal quite a bit about what this great director was like and how he worked.
Four Fascinating Festering Flangdoodles!