Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
I don’t think there could have been a better actor choice for the lead role (including the amazing makeup job), his wife and really even some of the actors picked to reenact the filming of “Psycho.” There were moments when James D’Arcy felt like a perfect replica of Anthony Perkins and Scarlett Johansson had to be channeling Janet Leigh in what I’d say would be a no brainer if a studio actually remade the film based on the serial killer Ed Gein (who was portrayed by Michael Wincott in such a way to be almost as award winningly disturbing as Hopkins’ Lecter).
I also have to give props to Danny Elfman conducting one of the best scores in years, though why wouldn’t it be spectacular when since he fed off of Bernard Herrman (portrayed by Paul Schackman). All in all, it was something I highly recommend for fans of both the actor and the character who knew how to kill in cinema and am a bit disappointed it did not get more nomination attention from the Academy. In the end, the final verdict for “Hitchcock” is a terrifying four and a half out of five screams.
DVD rental courtesy of Family Video of Pauls Valley.