halloween wallpaper of the day
Today's wallpaper celebrates the classic 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, one of the few true horror films the acknowledged master of suspense produced. It's the inspiration for films such as Halloween and its inferior imitators. Ironically, while Halloween set the slasher film standard for having a "Final Girl," one of Psycho's truly scary innovations was the death of its ostensible heroine (Janet Leigh) about a third of the way into the film. Her murder -- in the justly famous shower sequence, in which the knife is never shown in contact with her body -- transfers the audience's sympathies to Anthony Perkins' character. If you've seen the film -- and if you haven't, you simply must -- you know what a shock that sympathy will produce.
Here's Roger Ebert's review of the film, and a review at horrordvds.com that has some great screen captures.
This wallpaper is in a collection of horror-related stuff I burned on CD-ROM; unfortunately, I can no longer locate the source of this and the related classic horror wallpapers I have. If anyone knows the source, I'll be glad to credit it. However, here's another Psycho wallpaper courtesy The Movie Forum's horror section.
And I have to annoy Jaquandor by mentioning that Janet Leigh kindly sent me an autographed photo.