There are some movies that are ingrained into the public consciousness, whether we’ve seen them or not. Famous quotes, scenes, and images are such a part of pop culture that we can’t help but recognize them, and Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 classic Psycho is one of those movies. Often cited by many fans as the birth of the modern slasher movie, not only is Psycho still relevant–the prequel series Bates Motel is in its third season and has an Emmy nomination under its belt–but I would argue wholeheartedly that the movie is still incredibly scary, even 55 years later.
Now, as a little treat for fans out there, London based editor Matt Anderson a/k/a “Roman Holiday” has built a supercut of all of the tight close ups from the Hitchcock classic accompanied, of course, by the just-as-iconic Bernard Herrmann score, titled Psycho: Up Close. Give it a watch below!
Did you feel any chills as you watched? It’s kind of awesome how you can recall so much from just a few shots in only 30 seconds. It’s also amazing how little was actually shown up close or far away in the original film and just how powerful those clean images of the knife, the shower head, Janet Leigh’s scream and so on, can be. It’s also amazing just how few shots you actually need to see to understand the story.
Is Psycho your favorite Hitchcock film? Do you get tingles down your spine when you hear the score played against those iconic images? Scream out loud in the comments below!