The film ‘Psycho’ released in the 1960s, and it was one of the most controversial films of that time. It was ahead of its time and depicted lots of sexuality and violence. It had many shocking twists and turns in each scene. Hitchcock’s production produced this film. The film went on to great length to keep the basic plot of the film a secret.
Actions that were taken by Hitchcock
After reading the original 1959 novel written by Robert Bloch. Psycho was based on this famous novel. He made several measures to keep the plot safe, and some of them are:
- He asked his assistant to buy as many copies of the novel as he could buy to keep it as a secret from the public.
- He purchased the novel rights for the movie of over $9,000, which might be around $71,000 in recent times. And, confirmed that there wouldn’t be any sale of the leftover books until the film releases.
- He also made the entire cast and crew to promise that they wouldn’t share any detail from its plot, cast, and twists to any known outside the shoot room.
- Not just that, he also avoided the cast to go for any promotional interview and tried to cover as many promotional events as he could.
- All the posters of the film had his picture, stating that everyone must watch the movie on time.
- Last but not least, he did not give any advanced copy to the critics to avoid the public to learn about the plot of the film.
Why did the film production come across many halts?
Hitchcock was quite thrilled by the novel’s twists and turns, but his production house Paramount Pictures were not. They had a signed contract with him to do at least one film, but they don’t want it to be Pyscho.
After not being able to persuade Hitchcock, the executives of the production house, more or less, tried to halt the production of the film at every phase. Without being able to get enough funds for the film, Hitchcock decided to finish his project by taking television crew from his show and shot the entire movie in black and white.
However, he also managed to have two actors, Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, for less money than their usual fees. Also, to reflect his faith in the film, he turned down his standard charges, and instead of that, he opted for some percentage of the film’s ultimate return.
The Paramount Productions took another attempt to avoid working with Hitchcock for this film by not providing him the required equipment. Whenever he demanded something, they always said that the equipment is booked.
Then Hitchcock moved his production to the Universal Studios. But eventually, Paramount Production gave a green signal for the project without involving as much as they usually do. However, this proved to add a positive effect on the production of the project. Also, it helped him to ensure that no detail of his film gets leaked.
All the steps taken by Hitchcock proved him right and gave him a blockbuster film in his hand. Later, the Paramount Productions released their mistake and tried to ride Hitchcock’s coattails as he proved his point. The film made a gross amount of $32million, which is about $252 million today during its first run even after having an ultra-tight budget.