Robert Galluzzo Talks The Psycho Legacy
Galluzzo, whose love of the genre and erudite, engaging horror journalism has not only over the years generated quite a following (his latest venture is the film site Massive Hysteria), but has also served to open his eyes to the sometimes generational gap experienced by genre fans and their occasional and bemusing ignorance of the daddy of all slasher films, and its sequels, which spawned The Psycho Legacy.
“Writing for Icons Of Fright and Fangoria and Shock Till You Drop over the last several years, I started to realize that a lot of younger genre fans didn't know of Psycho, Norman Bates or the Psycho sequels. For some reason, Norman (as portrayed by actor Anthony Perkins in an iconic turn) had fallen out of the public subconscious, and I always found the character to have this amazing Shakespearean element to him. He's often been referred to as ‘The Hamlet of Horror,’ and I wanted to remind people why he's still one of the best movie maniacs ever. That was the crux of the doc, and once I started tracking people down for interviews, it all starting coming together beautifully.”
Of those involved in the doc, which includes Psycho sequel writer Tom Holland (Psycho II) and director Mick Garris (Psycho IV: The Beginning) as well as series stars Olivia Hussey, Henry Thomas and Jeff Fahey, among others, “Every one was so incredibly supportive,” said Galluzzo. “Once they met me and realized how enthusiastic I was about this, I think that it was contagious and everyone genuinely wanted to help. They all started digging for old photos and any material that they could find. I've since become really good friends with everyone involved. Tom Holland and I have collaborated on some stuff together. I'm talking to Katt Shea about potentially doing a documentary together. And I see Mick Garris and his wife, Cynthia, all the time, and they continue to be so supportive. The twelve-year-old version of myself that watched all of these movies religiously never could've imagined this ever being possible, let alone ever happening!”
Thorough documentaries of fan-favorite franchises have thankfully become the norm these days -- Krueger’s exploits were documented beautifully by director Andrew Kasch in the 2010 award-winning Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy and Voorhees was paid his due in Kasch and co-director Daniel Ferrands in the 2009 doc His Name Was Jason -- Galluzzo began tacking his labor of love prior to the success of these films, however, without the knowledge of what would be the positive reception of his doc’s horrific brethren.
“When I started this, it was before the rash of retrospective fan-made documentary projects,” Galluzzo mused. “The only one that existed was Halloween: 25 Years of Terror, and that was a huge influence on me. So I approached The Psycho Legacy from the beginning with that basic format, following the series chronologically and uncovering the never-before-heard, behind-the-scenes stories on the making of the sequels, intercut with a group of younger horror filmmakers talking about why these films are so influential to them and what scenes stand out for them personally. I needed guys like Joe Lynch and Adam Green and Dave Parker to essentially be my voice in the doc because I personally didn't want to be in it. They're all friends of mine, and we've had beers together and literally had conversations about the Pyscho movies that are in the doc. That's the main reason I felt it was important to include them. Besides, it bridges the gap between the new generation of horror film fans and those that grew up on the Psycho movies. If one kid that likes those guys' movies goes back and checks out the Psycho movies, then ‘mission accomplished’; I did my job.”