We’re mere days away from the second season premiere of A&E’s Bates Motel, which airs this coming Monday night, at 9/8c. The show of course serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchock’s 1960 classic Psycho, a tale of a man and his mother that still has the power to captivate audiences, over 50 years after its original release.
As we await the return of Bates Motel, I recently stumbled upon a gallery of images that I wanted to share, which show what Psycho would’ve looked like had Hitchcock decided to film it in color. Color technology was of course available to Hitchcock when he made Psycho, and he had in fact filmed previous movies in color, but he apparently was forced to go black and white with Psycho in order to save money. The studio also feared that the infamous shower scene would be too gory if filmed in color, which is another reason for the lack of it.
These gorgeous images come courtesy of the Facebook page Save The Psycho House, dedicated to preserving the original Bates mansion, which is currently falling apart on the Universal Studios back lot. If you’re interested in helping out, be sure to check out the page, for more info!