Furious Sounds That Rocked Cinema Pt. 2: Slash It Up!

There have been several important director/composer collaborations throughout cinema history and one of its most well established and unique was Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann. For Psycho (1960), coined the “godfather of slasher films” by cineasts, Herrmann created a rapidly paced, macabre masterpiece of bright shrieking strings and brass cues bringing the horror/suspense movie theme to its apex. The film’s iconic score has since been replicated and reinvented many times over the years in films ranging from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) to Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator (1985). The film itself also influenced both the Italian giallo films of the 60s and 70s and the American slasher genre craze of the 1980s.



Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database/Furious Cinema contributor. Pete is a rabid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation/cult flix to big budget mainstream classics. His other interests include: graphic design, cartooning and music.

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  1. November 26, 2011

    […] This “godfather of the slasher film” was never meant to be what it became upon its release. At the time, Alfred Hitchcock was merely shooting a low budget thriller with a TV crew. What he created was a benchmark of horror cinema based on a real life serial killer Ed Gein (which also inspired the Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Tony Perkins plays the quiet reclusive hotel owner Norman Bates who hides a secret behind his house on the hill’s doors. When a young woman named Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) stops for the night, she is murdered and Norman suspects his cruel mother. He does his best to keep the secret covered up but soon, Crane’s sister (Vera Miles) and a private eye (Martin Balsam) arrive trying to find out where she went. The score by Bernard Herrmann is a highlight, listen to a sample HERE. […]

  2. January 21, 2012

    […] personal theory (similar to the one delivered by Dr. Fred Richmond in Hitchcock’s Psycho) after the first group of girls are killed, Mike is a sexual deviant. The way this sequence is […]

  3. February 28, 2012

    […] Bernard Herrmann’s magnificent score completely set the tone for the movie with it’s shrieking string orchestration which […]

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