Fifty years ago today, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho changed horror films forever. Audiences everywhere were frightened to take showers and anyone staying at an out of the way motel made sure to check their walls for peepholes. The film has since become part of the collective conscience of American film audiences -- a horror film for people who don't even like horror films in the first place.

To celebrate the anniversary of Hitchcock's classic, Open Road Media has released an ebook version of Stephen Rebello's classic non-fiction study of the film -- Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The title, which was first published in hardback in 1990, is the definitive text on the topic. Rebello's currently writing a screen version of the book, with plans to turn it into what I would assume would be one very awesome documentary.

The new ebook features the full text of the hardback, chronicling Psycho's development every step of the way -- from the real-life crimes of Ed Gein (the infamous inspiration for Norman Bates) all the way through the shooting process (Psycho was shot in just a month) to the marketing and promotion of the finished film.

Filled with interviews and commentary from the stars, writers, and crew, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is sure to be fascinating reading for anyone interested in one of the director's most beloved movies, but also the art of horror cinema and filmmaking in general.

Hit the jump to read the first chapter of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho in its entirety -- courtesy of Open Road Media -- and find out where to purchase the ebook.
categories Movies, Horror