So we all know that before the TV series that Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) did to rejuvenate the Psycho movie series, and everything that came before that… Alfred Hitchcock (Birds) popularized Norman Bates and the drama at the Bates Motel… When he did the movie, Psycho (1960)!
That was an awesome tale that really helped make the career of Anthony Perkins (Edge Of Sanity) and cemented him as a horror movie icon for the rest of time… In some ways you could say that Alfred Hitchcock in some ways gave birth to the, ‘Slasher’ genre with this film!
But is Alfred Hitchcock the father of the Psycho franchise… He actually is not!
As it turns out, Robert Bloch, a prolific writer who did such works as: ‘Jack The Ripper’ and, ‘American Gothic’ also did a little known tale, ‘Psycho’!
Now a lot of the over all tale for the book and aspects of the movie differ… Such as, instead of Norman Bates being a younger thin man, as he was in the movie… In the novel he is a middle aged heavy set bald man, etc…
And as it turns out, the father of Norman Bates had decided to pattern the novel loosely off of the story of, ‘Ed Gein’… The Butcher Of Plainfield!
Ed Gein was a sad man, who had a brutal and harsh mother, and both of them used to live on a farm in Wisconsin in the 40s.
When his mother died, Mr. Gein lost it, and killed a bunch of women in and around his home town of Plainfield… And did a lot of other sick and twisted stuff… Sound familiar?
Where as I do love the movie, I do find the historical relevance of stuff like who truly gave birth to the Psycho franchise fascinating… And I hope you the reader did to!
And as a last note… after Hitchcock finished the movie… Robert Bloch was not a fan of what happened with the series, and began a quest to take back his series, with a bunch of novels that diverged from the overall movie series.