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Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  937 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
If you don't believe us when we say that Stephen Rebello's Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is a killer book concerning the killer movie of all time, then why don't you listen to Tony Perkins, the star? Perkins called this scholarly yet super-readable volume "marvelously researched and irresistible ... required reading not only for Psycho-philes, but also for anyo ...more
Nook Book, 226 pages
Published June 16th 2010 by Open Road Integrated Media (first published 1990)
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Wendy Darling
Jun 16, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hitchcock fans, film buffs
After three decades, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho still stands out as a masterpiece of suspense. June 16 marks the anniversary of the movie's 1960 release and it's a good opportunity to dive into the impressive story behind the film. I don't always have the patience to sit down and read an entire exhaustive biography, so I really enjoyed reading this fairly short, focused piece on one particular project.

The Crime Behind the Film

Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho traces the origin of the sto
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Oscar
Aug 17, 2009 Oscar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock and the film "Psycho." I have read a lot about the making of the film and as such, I went into this book not knowing whether I would learn anything new about the film. Honestly, I was aware of much of what was discussed in this book, but what made this book such a great reading experience for me was the fact that it brought together all the different aspects that went into the making of the film together in one place in a way that allows one to truly appreciate ...more
Ed
Oct 22, 2013 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Alfred Hitchcock fans
Recommended to Ed by: I liked the movie PSYCHO and read Bloch's novel.
Everything you wanted to know about the filming of PSYCHO and then some sums up this gem of a book. It makes me want to re-watch PSYCHO sometime soon. Sir Alfred's droll wit and dark sense of humor shine through the best.
Chibineko
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I first saw the movie, I've always been particularly taken with Hitchcock's Psycho. When I was younger I'd pour over the movie details, especially when I managed to get my hands on a book that gave a scene by scene guide of the movie. (It was all done picture by picture. I wish I could find a copy of that now!) The first time I watched it I still managed to be surprised by everything even when I knew the outcome. It was just that much of a testament to the genius & talent of Hitch ...more
Sean W.
Feb 02, 2014 Sean W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not that anybody was truly seeking any insight into Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece that is Psycho, but if it sounds remotely interesting, consider Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho a must. This has been adapted as the film Hitchcock (2012); having seen that beforehand, I never would have guessed that what the book details is not the average film production, but, in fact, one director's obsessive creation of a legend that was to be nothing with the slightest emotion other than shock. The ...more
aistė
Jul 16, 2015 aistė rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
reiks pažėt dar kartą. dbr jau su insider knowledge :D
Kat
Mar 05, 2013 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
SO so so boring...I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I'm a fan of Psycho but not a HUGE fan but the bottom line was that I didn't like the author's writing style at all!

Read my review @ Shivers of Horror
Bookworm1858
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello
Open Road
99 pages
Non-fiction; Hollywood
4/5 stars

Source: Received a free e-copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Read: Today is Alfred Hitchcock Day and I recently rewatched Psycho so I thought this would be a good way to celebrate.

This book is a good summation of the path Psycho took to becoming film. First a real-life crime inspired novelist Robert Bloch to write the novel that Hitchcock would end up optioning in order to
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Lynn Hartter
Aug 24, 2012 Lynn Hartter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in order to prepare for the upcoming "true" movie with Scarlett Johannsen, Jessica Biels, and Anthony Hopkins, which details the film-maker's transition from romantic comedy suspense stories to darker, more serious matter. Psycho, to me, is a classic thriller, not a horror movie; the breakaway knife only makes contact with flesh once and without blood. This movie is a character study and mystery, but told in a much different manner. . . after the financial disappointment of Vert ...more
Sarah Sammis
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello opens with Ed Gein. Taxidermy, furniture and clothing made of human flesh and bone, cannibalism and run down cluttered homes. If you see any of these motifs in film you owe them to one real life monster named Ed Gein. And Psycho was the first to draw creative inspiration from his crimes. Ed Gein, though, makes Norman Bates look like a pussycat.

From the true crime this reissued book about the making of Psycho goes through all the steps
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Shrihari
Oct 31, 2012 Shrihari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a clear winner. The first non-fiction I've read. But, the efforts taken by the author to collect this humongous amount of information about the movie and present it by way of an interesting narrative has to be lauded.

Although the book deals with the making of just one of his movies, you get to understand Alfred Hitchcock like you've lived alongside him.

Until now, Psycho, for me, was just another critically acclaimed movie of its times, which is just an OK picture now. But, this book
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Grant Trevarthen
I have been a fan of Alfred Hitchcock and his many movies for years, and among my favorites is 'Psycho'.
Filmed in 1959, with Janet Leigh & Anthony Perkins in what has to be one of the most iconic movies of any genre.
This was a movie ahead of its time as it concerned issues such as Motherlove, Transvestitism and a graphic murder. There was strict censorship laws at the time and it was debated whether Leigh would appear nude in the shower, and how much the viewer would see, as it transpired
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Marvin
May 13, 2013 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a good and very detailed "making of" book on Alfred Hitchcock's most notorious, if not necessarily his best, film Psycho. It's quite an interesting story on why Hitchcock made this film and covers pretty much all the areas of making the movie from the book it was based on to the marketing and its reception. But it's a snapshot from a much bigger life and if the reader would like something more substantial about the director I would recommend Hitch: The Life And Times And Alfred Hitchcock ...more
Ea Solinas
Apr 28, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The screaming blonde in the shower, the creepy hotel, the guy who keeps his mummified mom in the old family home... everybody knows about "Psycho," if only by cultural osmosis.

But probably not as many people know about the history of the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, and just how tough it was to bring it to the screen. Cue Stephen Rebello's "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," which compellingly sketches out every single step of "Psycho" -- from the bizarre serial killer who inspired t
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Stephen
Feb 06, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid, mind you a kid too young to see the movie Psycho, the older boys in the neighborhood talked my mother into letting me go with them to see it.

They knew what they were doing because they had already seen it. Mother's initial reticence proved she knew best: I was too young to see it. But I toughed it out, the older boys probably expected I'd bolt.

There was no movie rating system then. No G, no PG, no PG13, no R, no NC17, no LNMNOP. We flew by the seat of our pants back then. If Yo
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Jacob
Jun 26, 2014 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alfred Hitchcock is quite a famous person. You may have heard of him. He has made somewhere around 50 films, a fair amount of them considered classics. As great as most of his films are, there is one in particular that was so great that it changed the world forever. If you can’t figure it out, I’m talking about the almighty Psycho.

Psycho is a brilliant film. This film is a prime example of why Hitchcock was called the Master of Suspense, with its plot twists, drama filled scenes, breath taking m
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Adam Philips
Dec 03, 2012 Adam Philips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to go ahead and read Stephen Rebello's chronicle of the making of Alfred Hitchcock's game-changing movie "Psycho" before the new movie starring Anthony Hopkins comes out. So far it is very engaging and fascinating. I'm reading a first printing hardcover, originally published in 1990, and boy, the design really screams "1990s." That doesn't detract from the reading experience at all, fortunately.
Jen
I really enjoyed this book. It is nonfiction, but it read like a fiction story. I really appreciated this, as nonfiction is not generally a "genre" that I enjoy. It gave me a good/better understanding of Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho, and the film industry in general in the '50s-'60s.

I'm fairly outraged that Saul Bass claims (claimed?) to have directed the shower scene. Things others witnessed and spoke about clearly say that Hitchcock himself directed this scene. Even Saul Bass says some things that
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Justin
Feb 04, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating story behind the movie that was the pinnacle of Hitchcock's career. Arguably the greatest director of that time basically made an indie horror flick (self-financed and marketed), and turned it into a worldwide juggernaut that changed his career (for better or worse), and movies as we know them, forever.
Nicole
Oct 10, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Excellent for Hitchcock lovers, with lots of cast and crew members contributing interviews. One thing that's striking to a contemporary reader is just how technically difficult analog filmmaking was. For the new generation, the title sequence is the kind of thing that any moderately talented digital artist could knock out quickly, using pre-loaded software. Saul Bass had actual pieces of card stock sliding across a table. It doesn't look that way to us because we aren't used to seeing it. I teac ...more
Terry Cornell
I added this book to my reading list after watching the movie 'Hitchcock' in 2012. The author of this book wrote the screenplay for the film, based on his own book. Rebello researched his book thoroughly, including interviewing Hitchcock himself shortly before he died. I was a little disappointed in the book, the movie seemed such a personal look into Hitchcock's life. The book on the other hand doesn't quite have that same kind of feel. I enjoyed many of the details regarding techniques in putt ...more
steffy
As a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan, I really wish I had enjoyed this book more. However, I found the information to be dry, and a little repetitive. Informative? Yes. Interesting? Yes. Fascinating? Oh, for sure. But the delivery was a little on the drab side.

I chose to read this book after watching the movie "Hitchcock" and then reading the book "Psycho" by Robert Bloch. The movie was based off of this book. Obviously, movies made from dry biographies will generally be more interesting. Stephen Reb
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Maria
Jul 03, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So did you know that today - March 12th - is Alfred Hitchcock Day? I didn't! But in staying with tradition, I've decided to review a recently released e-book on Hitchcock and the making of the movie Psycho. (P.S. - If you haven't seen this movie yet, I think you've been living in a cave - go watch it now!!)

I found this book to be just as riveting, interesting, and unique as Psycho itself! From the very first chapter, where you learn how the story of Pyscho came out (did you know it was based on
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Heavensent1
ALFRED HITCHCOCK and the making of PSYCHO is an extremely interesting account of the machinations behind the genius of the man who created the movie Psycho. The story is informative and tells us those "secret" tidbits of information that make these kinds of non-fiction stories successful. Stephen Rebello takes us on a walk behind the scenes and into the minds of the people responsible for the cult classic movie, "Psycho".

The making of Psycho takes the reader to the root of the "inspiration" of t
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Rebecca Martin
Jan 03, 2013 Rebecca Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written about twenty years ago, so quite a lot of what is discussed is well-known to Hitchcock fans and afficionados. However, this is such a detailed and focused look at the background of the film, the piecing together of support and crews to make the film, the financial constraints on the film and why Hitchcock agreed to them, its marketing and enormous, unanticipated success that there is still much to learn from the story Rebello tells. Of particular interest to this reader is ...more
Kevin Cecil
I started listening to this on my way to Brooklyn, while somewhat lost on the back roads of Pennsylvania. It was dark out, and the road was obstructed by a thick haze of mist. Every so often small rural houses were visible. It was the perfect atmosphere to begin an audiobook which opens with a detailed chapter on the murders and fetishes of Ed Gein. As the narrator told of Gein's grave robberies, lip collection, and skin suits, I felt more genuinely creeped out than I have been in years. It was ...more
Maria
Aug 09, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So did you know that today - March 12th - is Alfred Hitchcock Day? I didn't! But in staying with tradition, I've decided to review a recently released e-book on Hitchcock and the making of the movie Psycho. (P.S. - If you haven't seen this movie yet, I think you've been living in a cave - go watch it now!!)

I found this book to be just as riveting, interesting, and unique as Psycho itself! From the very first chapter, where you learn how the story of Pyscho came out (did you know it was based on
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nymfaux
Aug 28, 2011 nymfaux rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was absolutely super-psyched to find Stephen Rebello’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.

I’ve watched Psycho before—Or, that is, I thought I’d watched it. But reading Rebello’s account was like watching the movie for the very first time.

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I was absolutely drawn in from the very first page, from the horrifying real-life inspiration of the story, to the best-selling novel, throughout the amazing efforts that it took to make Psycho into Psycho, and the insta
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Oliver
May 01, 2013 Oliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror buffs and storytellers
Recommended to Oliver by: my bookclub
On one level, this book is about the making of "Psycho" - from the story based on Ed Gein's killings that germinated the novel of the same name to the massive cultural phenomenon it became upon release, almost turning into a success Hitchcock could never escape from. On another level, this book was to me a great example of how storytelling should work; how to craft a narrative, how to create characters, setting, plot and suspense - all through observing how Hitchcock handled his material.

Film bu
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Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler
This book, originally published in 1990, was the credited inspiration for Sacha Gervasi's film Hitchcock. Reading it confirmed my original suspicion that that film was almost entirely a work of fiction. The film centres around Hitchcock's relationship with his wife Alma Reville. Whitfield Cook, the screenwriter who did the original adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train for Hitchcock, is also a major character. Alma is only referred to a handful of times in the book, and Cook is ...more
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