Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Homage to Hitchcock

It's time for another Wretched Wednesday project!
This week's Macabre Monday challenge at HDH
is to find inspiration with something
Alfred Hitchcock either said, or directed.
He was always one for a wry quip, and don't even get me
started on his films. The man was brilliant beyond words.

"A boy's best friend is his Mother". 
I have always had a soft spot for Norman Bates.
In fact, I joke around with my son about our
"Bates-like" relationship.
He likes the quote about me being his best friend.
He doesn't really get it though, does he?

I decided to show you a smattering of what might have
been for sale in the Bates Motel gift shop.

I had so much fun making all of this swag!

Now you have to have a box of Norman Bates matches.
I UTEE'd the picture on the box, but not completely.
I like the wet, droplets of water look it gives the photo.

I UTEE'd the Bates Motel sign and added a magnet on the back.
I also framed up a cool photo of Mister Hitchcock
holding the marker for "Psycho". 

That photo is by far one of the coolest ones I found online.
Such a unique view of the manor with what looks like Norman
striking an ominous pose out front.
I aged it with TH Distress Inks and a sanding block.  

Lastly, we have what could be used as a paper weight
and a useful key chain.
I sculpted the face of Mrs. B using the picture on the key fob
as my reference. I think she turned out pretty good considering
I didn't have the proper wool for her bun.
Hmm, maybe it's Mister Bates.
What ever happened to him?

As you can see, it is quite easy to find inspiration in the works
of Alfred Hitchcock. You can just google him and find all sorts of
stories, films, and quotes to choose from.

A couple of years ago, I went to Universal Studios with my
family. I used to live in So. Cal, but I hadn't been to
Universal since I was a kid.
The Psycho House was always my favorite part of the tram ride
around the back lots of Universal Studios. 
I was so surprised that they had updated the experience with a
special appearance by none other than...

... Norman himself!!!

I thought people were going to jump off the ride
when Norman turned towards them with that knife
and started for the tram! 

We even got a close up of the house!
Apparently, the only part of the house that was built to scale
was the front porch and door. All of the interior scenes
were filmed on a sound stage. The house was only a two sided
facade when it was originally built for the movie.

 I snapped this picture of the Hitchcock bust on my
way out of Universal Studios.
Not much of a looker, but what a brilliant man.



  1. AWESOME pieces. Love what you did with the face :-) I would love to go and see it. Have you seen the film clip with Norman advertising a Hotel Management Course...... hysterical ??!!! :-D xx

  2. OMG! I love everything you have done here! Pyscho is one of my all-time-favorite horror films! The paper weight is by far my favorite piece here.

  3. WAY COOL hun!! Loving that sculpted skull. Lucky you getting a tour. Wish we had cool stuff like that over here. xx

  4. These are all freaking brilliant. Love your paperweight of the dead mother, how did you get her teeth to look so real! The match box is immense and the aged photo is brilliant, will have to get some of those inks although I doubt mine would turn out as well as yours! I would love to go to universal studios, we might take the kids to disneyland in a few years so will defo go then. xxx

  5. MG Glo! What fab schtuff! Love the thought you put into this. Mama's face it particularly creepy. She doesn't need hair. I've got the shivers. Love it all! xxD (The bust of Alfred reminds me of my Dad. He used to stick his lip out like that. LOL)

  6. Very cool! I love the Mrs. Bates skull!


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