Norman Bates is back, along with his oedipal fixations and, of course, “Mother,” in a new independent documentary currently in production. Entitled The Psycho Legacy, the feature-length doc will look at not only Hitchcock’s disturbed ’60 milestone but its sequels, television projects, Innovation-published comic books, Robert Bloch’s source novel and the others that followed.
Robert Galluzzo of Icons of Fright Productions spearheaded the project and acts as its producer alongside associate producer Chris Garetano (Horror Business). “I was inspired to start this documentary for a number of reasons. The main one being a lack of one,” says Galluzzo. “Like many current horror filmmakers out there now, I was at the ideal age when all the sequels came out, and there’s very little material out there documenting the stories behind the making of those ‘Psycho’ sequels. I will cover the original movie, but there’s already so much out there about Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho.’ I’m really interested in answering all the burning questions fans have had through out the years about the sequels. And I can confidently say that I’ve already uncovered never-before-heard stories from the filmmakers involved.”
Those on the interview slate include Mick Garris (Psycho IV, “Masters of Horror”), Tom Holland (Psycho II), Fangoria Magazine’s Tony Timpone, Lee Garlington (Psycho II and III), Katt Shea (Psycho III), Adam Green (Hatchet), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), author Harold Schechter (“Ed Gein: The Original Psycho”), Hilton Green (asst. dir. Psycho, producer Psycho II and III, exec. prod. Psycho IV), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs), Greg Nicotero (KNB EFX), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and many more (including this writer yikes)!
For more details, keep an eye on the production’s official MySpace page here! There, fans will get special web-exclusive messages from the “Psycho” franchise’s collaborators and other special treats.