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It’s rare that we wish a movie were longer than its final running time. But there’s an exception in Hitchcock, opening Friday in limited release before expanding next week.

It’s just so intriguing.

At the center of this biopic about legendary director Alfred Hitchcock (besides a spot-on performance by Anthony Hopkins) is the real-life story of killer Ed Gein who murdered women and kept the corpse of his dead mother in the house. Sound familiar?

In addition to being the inspiration for Psycho, Gein is also credited with influencing the writers behind The Silence of the Lambs and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, mostly because he was accused of making a suit out of dead bodies, a crime against fashion more than anything.

So fascinating is this tale, interwoven with the against-all-odds story of bringing Psycho to the screen with its unprecedented portrayals of transvestism and violence, that we’d love to see an entire feature on Gein’s crimes and another one on Hitchcock the master of suspense and horror.

But we’ll settle for the brilliantly made Hitchcock and the opportunity to get an insider’s view into the strange studio system of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, the power of censors and how outside-the-box thinking can change the course of history.

By the time Scarlett Johannson (above) films the most famous shower scene ever put to film, you’ll be completely engrossed with the method behind Hitchcock’s madness.

And once again seeking a companion for your next shower. You know, for protection against bad guys.

Hitchcock
Opens Friday in limited release, expanding Friday, November 30 to theaters everywhere
www.hitchcockthemovie.com

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