‘Hitchcock': The Horrors of Making ‘Psycho’ — TRAILER

ALT“I’m married to a man obsessed with murder,” says Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) in the trailer for Hitchcock, referring to her director husband Alfred (Anthony Hopkins). Hitchcock may not have been obsessed with straight-up murder, but as the first look of the biopic suggests, he was quite taken by murder movies. That, and scaring the crap out of the people around him.

Directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil), Hitchcock chronicles the North by Northwest and The Bird director’s bumpy, tumultuous road to the making of his classic horror film Psycho. Hitchcock put his life on the line for the film, mortgaging his house and risking his integrity in Hollywood to make a movie that butted heads with the convention of the times. As production moved along, he became more and more obsessed with making the movie on his own terms. Along with his strained marriage, Hitch also lost himself in the process, as evidenced by his willingness to come after actress Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson) with a knife, just for the scare.

Gervasi has a twisted sense of humor, and it’s on full display in Hitchcock. But is the film something more than a behind-the-scenes look at an infamous Hollywood production? Hitchcock contends with The Girl, a Hitchcock biopic that is airing on HBO later this month. The two take wildly different approaches: The Girl delving into Hitch’s sexual predator nature, Hichcock portraying him as an artist under the pressures of the business. We were quite satisfied by The Girl, but if Hichcock varies enough in tone while still adding to the complex nature of its lead character, the two can easily stand side by side.

Hitchcock opens November 23, 2012 — prime real estate for Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren to mount Oscar campaigns. Watch the trailer below, then check out the trailer for Psycho, a unique spot that Hitchcock actually introduced personally. Compare and contrast the real Hitch and his big screen counterpart!

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[Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight]

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After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of UGO.com, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.

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