Stephen Rebello's book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is most interesting as a business story, explaining how the director, determined to buck his studio with a screen version of Robert Bloch's lurid horror novel, had to mortgage his home for funds and shoot the movie with the low-budget crew of his TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. This dramatization of Rebello's book explains all that but also engages in a lot of facile psychologizing (Hitch is fascinated with Ed Gein, the real-life serial killer who inspired Bloch) and mock-Hitchcock intrigue (he suspects his long-suffering wife, Alma, of cheating on him with a handsome screenwriter). The movie opens with a goofy sequence mimicking the TV show—corpulent silhouette, clarinet theme music, the whole bit—so you know immediately that this will be as lightweight and undemanding a Hollywood fable as My Week With Marilyn. Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) directed; with Anthony Hopkins as the title character, Helen Mirren suitably starchy and knowing as Alma, and Scarlett Johansson pretending to be Janet Leigh.
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Producer: Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Tom Thayer, Alan Barnette, Ali Bell and Richard Middleton
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D'Arcy, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith, Richard Portnow, Wallace Langham, Ralph Macchio and Judith Hoag