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Psycho (1960) - No Blood?
During the shower scene, of course, she was stabbed multiple times, front and back. After Norman-as-his-mother leaves, cut back to her. She is shown leaning against the shower wall, and as she slowly slides down the wall, no blood marks are visible. I know that the scene was purposely shot so as not to show blood during the stabbing montage, but its too incredulous to believe that no blood would be left on the wall as she slides down.
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shawn writes:
Yes, it is chocolate blood and even though it doesn't actually show the knife going in, it does look like she is being stabbed through the illusion of montage. What an ignorant statement. An analogy would be if there was a movie that showed a guy standing by a cliff and he picks up big tire and hurls it over the cliff and you hear a splash. Even though you didn't actually see the tire going into the water, you know it did. Would you say "That tire didn't 'look' like it went into the water. I'm so sick of people razzing this movie because it isn't gory enough or 'doesn't show enough'. It's a classic and if you didn't have this movie, then you wouldn't have all the other horror/slasher movies you have now. I'm sure they would have eventually got started somehow but they wouldn't be the same. The movie is 40 years old. Cut it some slack.
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Since the word 'incredulous' refers to an emotional reaction, I highly doubt that the scene itself was - as Anonymous says - incredulous. YOU may be incredulous, but a piece of film, or videotape, or a DVD does not - as far as I know - have it's own emotional reactions. Also, I realize that artistry and good story-telling have fallen somewhat out of fashion these days and has been replaced by lowperbole. (I think I made that term up. Look up hyperbole if you want to get it.) If you need an explanation for there being no blood on the shower stall, gosh since the shower was running full blast, do you think the water may have rinsed it away? Huh?
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random writes:
If this movie were made today, I'd be more inclined to agree that it was a slip-up. New technology has meant that films are able to look more and more realistic, and in turn, films are expected to appear as realistic as they are able. I can't argue that this scene looks realistic, but you've got to remember it was shot in the 60s. The idea that she has been stabbed is enough, without having to show it in all it's gory detail. Thats why Hitchcock is so brilliant, his movies can be entertaining without having to disgust everyone with blood and guts, or having to thrill us all with high-powered car chases and shoot-ups to compensate for an otherwise flimsy movie. Besides, the truth of it is that if blood was splurting all over the shower, the scene would probably not have gotton past the censors.
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Caz writes:
I only saw this movie a couple of weeks ago and i'm pretty sure that blood does dribble down the wall as she slides down it and also down the plug hole
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Piddzilla writes:
Anonymous said it him/herself. The scene was shot without blood on purpose and is therefore no slip-up. It's as simple as that.
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Rey-Rey writes:
It's not chocolate blood, it's white vanilla blood. And the knife really never seems to hit her either!
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