Top 38 Psycho Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Psycho facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Psycho film message.

In American Psycho (2000), when Patrick is talking to Victoria at the cleaners, he changed his emption from happy to straight-faced as soon as he turns away from Victoria, which shows the facade he puts on whilst talking to people in the public.

In American Psycho (2000). Patrick Bateman, Paul Allen, Marcus Halberstram are wearing the exact same glasses. Also David Patten has the same frame design.
In American Psycho (2000). Patrick Bateman, Paul Allen, Marcus Halberstram are wearing the exact same glasses. Also David Patten has the same frame design.

Psycho Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. The scenes featuring Detective Donald Kimball were edited using three different combined footages to prevent the audience from knowing what he thought of Bateman.

  2. Was released in black and white because Hitchcock kept receiving backlash about the shower scene being too gory.

  3. The sound that the knife makes penetrating the flesh is actually the sound of a knife stabbing a casaba melon.

  4. Which features Alfred Hitchcock giving a location tour strategically blends shots of him walking towards the Bates house and entering the door. It was impossible to enter the house since only what we can see was built: a third of a house or so. (More in comments)

Psycho Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - The car that Janet Leigh drives in Psycho (1960) is the same exact car she drives in Halloween H20 (1998)
    The car that Janet Leigh drives in Psycho (1960) is the same exact car she drives in Halloween H20 (1998)
  • 1 - All the characters have the exact same title and contact information on their business card; which means Paul Allen literally just gave Timothy Bryce his business card to flex when they were discussing squash plans.
    All the characters have the exact same title and contact information on their business card; which means Paul Allen literally just gave Timothy Bryce his business card to flex when they were discussing squash plans.
  • 1 - And i noticed than in Bateman's business card (only his) it says "Pierce &Pierce" (the & and de P are together, without space), anyone has a theory of this? i think it's impossible than it is just an error.
    And i noticed than in Bateman's business card (only his) it says "Pierce &Pierce" (the & and de P are together, without space), anyone has a theory of this? i think it's impossible than it is just an error.
  • The "very expensive" sheets that Patrick Bateman stains with "cranberry juice" can only be purchased in Santa Fe. This is a reference to the Disney musical "Newsies" in which Bale's character desires to (and sings a song about) leave New York and move to Santa Fe

Psycho Hidden Details

1 - When Paul mistakenly calls Patrick Marcus at the Christmas party, you can see the real Marcus looking around in the background after hearing his name called.
When Paul mistakenly calls Patrick Marcus at the Christmas party, you can see the real Marcus looking around in the background after hearing his name called.
1 - - When we first see Patricks apartment, the family photos on the wall are all painted black. He simply isn't there.
- When we first see Patricks apartment, the family photos on the wall are all painted black. He simply isn't there.
1 - It shows Bateman dragging the body and leaving blood on the floor but when he is outside, you don't see it anymore. Almost like he never did so.
It shows Bateman dragging the body and leaving blood on the floor but when he is outside, you don't see it anymore. Almost like he never did so.

Patrick Bateman' s opening dialogue is "I live in the American Gardens building on West 81st street". He tells the audience that he lives at a prestigious address before even telling us his name, showcasing the depths of his narcissism.

1 - The car that Janet Leigh drives in Psycho (1960) is a 1957 Ford, same as in in Halloween H20 (1998). They're each a 1957 Fords and they have the same plate number.
The car that Janet Leigh drives in Psycho (1960) is a 1957 Ford, same as in in Halloween H20 (1998). They're each a 1957 Fords and they have the same plate number.
1 - The Jack of Diamonds Killer leaves his namesake playing card after killing someone, leaving him with several decks of cards that are incomplete. "Not playing with a full deck of cards" is a common phrase used to describe psychopaths or mentally disturbed individuals.
The Jack of Diamonds Killer leaves his namesake playing card after killing someone, leaving him with several decks of cards that are incomplete. "Not playing with a full deck of cards" is a common phrase used to describe psychopaths or mentally disturbed individuals.
1 - Norman tells Marion that his mother is "as harmless as one of those stuffed birds." To later learn that Norman killed and taxidermied his mother
Norman tells Marion that his mother is "as harmless as one of those stuffed birds." To later learn that Norman killed and taxidermied his mother
1 - Patrick Bateman uses a red boxers after the confession (denoting his uncontrollable psycho behaviour) while before that he always wears white boxers/briefs (denoting the mask he wears to hide his psycho behaviour).
Patrick Bateman uses a red boxers after the confession (denoting his uncontrollable psycho behaviour) while before that he always wears white boxers/briefs (denoting the mask he wears to hide his psycho behaviour).
1 - A lady in Sam's hardware store buys and discusses a pesticide brand, foreshadowing Norman's history of poisoning his mother with strychnine, a popular pesticide at the time.
A lady in Sam's hardware store buys and discusses a pesticide brand, foreshadowing Norman's history of poisoning his mother with strychnine, a popular pesticide at the time.
1 - Paul Allen asks Bateman if he has a dog 'Chow or something'. This is a reference to the book where Bateman actually adopts a dog, Chow, and proceeds to beat it to death
Paul Allen asks Bateman if he has a dog 'Chow or something'. This is a reference to the book where Bateman actually adopts a dog, Chow, and proceeds to beat it to death

When Paul Allen is introduced, he is not played by Jared Leto, which leads me to believe that Patrick Bateman Didn't Actually Kill the real Paul Allen.

1 - Bateman is a shown as a fan of the musical Les Miserables, story about severely impoverished people. later, he murders a homeless man for touching him, highlighting the hypocrisy of shallow people taking values only as a form of entertainment.
Bateman is a shown as a fan of the musical Les Miserables, story about severely impoverished people. later, he murders a homeless man for touching him, highlighting the hypocrisy of shallow people taking values only as a form of entertainment.

When Bateman is with colleagues he brings up a quote about what a woman's head would look like on a stick, crediting the quote to Ed Gein. It was Ed Kemper ( The Co-Ed Killer, California) who said that.

After the famous shower scene, the female protagonist 's face isn't shown again, instead the camera angle is cut to only show Bates' face to signify that he is actually the main character who's view we're now sharing

1 - Patrick rushes Detective Kimball out of his office by claiming he has a reservation for lunch with...Cliff Huxtable.
Patrick rushes Detective Kimball out of his office by claiming he has a reservation for lunch with...Cliff Huxtable.

There's a scene between Patrick Bateman and a masseuse that emulates the conversation between Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, both of whom impersonate others in order to attract their prey.

1 - Christian Bale's eye wart is covered by shaddow or shots on his left side because it would not suit his conformist character to not have surgery removing it
Christian Bale's eye wart is covered by shaddow or shots on his left side because it would not suit his conformist character to not have surgery removing it
1 - The scene that introduces the main character has one red car in the parking lot. This is one of two cars in the movie that is not silver, black, or white. In South Korea, where the movie takes place, cars that are not these colors are not popular and usually not purchased.
The scene that introduces the main character has one red car in the parking lot. This is one of two cars in the movie that is not silver, black, or white. In South Korea, where the movie takes place, cars that are not these colors are not popular and usually not purchased.

During the famous shower scene there is a brief shot of actress Janet Leigh's breasts at a time when nudity was forbidden on film

Bateman says "Did you know that Whitney Houston's debut LP called simply Whitney Houston had four number one singles on it?" However that album only had three number one singles.

- When the last shot of Bates fades into the car, Bates' face turns briefly corpse-like

1 - Had an anachronistic mistake when Patrick Bateman left a voicemail with the phrase, "Hasta la vista, baby" in a movie that was set to take place before Terminator 2 (1991).
Had an anachronistic mistake when Patrick Bateman left a voicemail with the phrase, "Hasta la vista, baby" in a movie that was set to take place before Terminator 2 (1991).
1 - Paul asks if Patrick is wearing a raincoat, to which Patrick replies "Yes, it is!", but it is not. You can tell because there is no hood. That would make this clear plastic jacket a trench coat.
Paul asks if Patrick is wearing a raincoat, to which Patrick replies "Yes, it is!", but it is not. You can tell because there is no hood. That would make this clear plastic jacket a trench coat.
1 - Christian Bale's character Patrick Bateman talk about Ted Bundy who was an american serial killer in the 70'
Christian Bale's character Patrick Bateman talk about Ted Bundy who was an american serial killer in the 70'

People used this device to communicate by sticking their finger in a wheel and moving it back and forth. This was a popular ritual of the 60s, 70s and early 80s because the push button phone wasn't common.

You can see that suddenly the light of the bathroom is on when before, it wasn't.

During Billys final shootout vision, Hans emerges with Marty next to a grave marked 'Gruber'. Hans Gruber.....

Psycho poster
Psycho poster

Psycho Plot

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Psycho. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Stars Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh
IMDB score 8.5