Robert Galluzzo Talks The Psycho Legacy
This writer caught up with genre journalist and documentary filmmaker Robert Galluzzo this past Tuesday night at the Burbank, CA hot spot of horror, Dark Delicacies, as he celebrated the release of his documentary The Psycho Legacy (which that day released nationwide via Shout! Factory) with a well attended, in-store DVD signing.
It seemed an appropriate evening to pick his brain as fans and Psycho alumni arrived en masse, as did an intimidating lightning storm that hovered over the Los Angeles basin, not unlike the one Psycho star Janet Leigh drove through on her way to her eventual demise in the original 1960 Hitchcock classic, which, along with its sequels, served as the inspiration for Galluzzo’s The Psycho Legacy.
Galluzzo happily took some time out from the festivities to wax on the trials and tribulations of his long-in-the-making documentary (read our review of The Psycho Legacy here) as well as to riff on actor Henry Thomas’ interest in microphones, his love for the Psycho series, and his gratitude to all of those involved who assisted him making his aspirations a reality.
“From the beginning, this project has always been an out-of-pocket labor of love, and the entire three-plus-year process with every challenge and obstacle that came our way has been a tremendous education for me as a first-time filmmaker,” Galluzzo stated. “When it all culminated with the Screamfest L.A. screening (The Psycho Legacy saw its Hollywood premiere only three days prior), it was all so incredibly rewarding. Everyone there seemed to ‘get it’, and it was so great to have the support of some of the Psycho alumni there as well.”
For readers who may assume that The Psycho Legacy’s development and production mirrored the Hollywood glitz surrounding its premiere, let’s take a moment to clear that up. Independent feature filmmaking is anything but.
“I remember first starting this thing a few years back,“ recalled Galluzzo. “My editor, Jon Maus, and I didn't even have our own appropriate editing equipment so we sort of snuck into his former college to begin putting this thing together. This school was a good hour and a half away from where I lived at the time in New York,” continued the East Coast transplant, who now calls L.A. his home, “so I recall taking that trek and waiting until everyone left the school just so we could work for a few hours - repeat it the following night. We'd get out every evening at two in the morning to mounds of snow, and I remember thinking, ‘We are never going to finish this thing.’ Eventually we were able to migrate to Jon's place, and it took us a few years, but we finally did in fact finish it, completely on our own terms. I had other people help along the way, but for the most part, it was two guys that put this thing together with scotch tape and a lot of love.”