Friday, October 15, 2010

Norman Bates mother's mummified head and more Psycho props...

In Alfred Hitchock's 1960 classic suspense thriller, Psycho, motel owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) fears that his mother is responsible for a series of grisly murders, but we eventually discover that he has committed these crimes, or his split personality alter-ego of his dead 'Mother' has.

Norman Bates Mother's mummified corpse head on display
Norman Bates mother Psycho movie maskPsycho Norman Bates mother's head propPsycho dead mother movie prop
When the sister of one of the murder victim's is searching Norman Bates house, she bursts into a room towards the finale of the movie and discovers a woman sitting in a rocking chair with her back to her.

On closer inspection she sees that it is in fact a mummified corpse, just as an insane Norman rushes in wielding a knife, wearing his dead mother's clothes and wig.
Original Psycho movie costume and props
Psycho movie costume and props

Psycho movie poster
Hitchcock's Psycho posterThese fantastic props and outfit from the movie were on display at Universal Orlando's Horror Make-Up Show on September 23, 2010.

Actual props used in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho
Psycho moie propsOriginal Psycho movie props display
Hitchcock decided to shoot Psycho in black-and-white, but the fake red blood used in the infamous shower death scene just looked grey, so they decided to use a thicker substitute which would look better on film - chocolate syrup.

Also included in this exhibit was a life-mask cast of Tippi Hedren who starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

You can also see great more Psycho memorabilia and film sets photographed at Universal Studios Hollywood here at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think that's the actual head used in the movie! The real one is kept in Cinemateque Paris museum, I think!

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