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Errol Morris On ‘Psycho’
June 15, 2011
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The documentary filmmaker, who won an Oscar in 2004 for The Fog of War, recounts how he was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho.

'Psycho has always been a story that has fascinated me,' says Morris, who snuck into a theatre to see the film because he was underage at the time of its release. 'In those days, Psycho - and probably still to some extent - was really, really scary.'

Interview Highlights:

Interviewing Ed Gein, The Killer On Whom Psycho Was Based
'I spent a fair amount of time just interviewing murderers. I became obsessed with killers,' says Morris, who moved to Plainfield, Wisconsin to be close to Gein. 'It's this lonely farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere where Ed Gein lived. Cannibal, ghoul, human taxidermist and a couple of other things I don't need to go into.'

What He Learned From Interviewing Killers
'I guess I learned I'm not as angry as I thought I was. At least at the time.'


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