Janet Leigh in Psycho

’78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene’ Doc is Finally Here!

Years before Jaws made you afraid to go in the water, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho made you afraid to shower! Janet Leigh’s iconic shower scene is the subject of Alexandre O. Philippe’s new documentary 78/52. The title is a reference to the 78 camera setups and 52 cuts it took to film the 3 minute scene. IFC sends word that the much anticipated Hitchcock documentary is now available in Select Theaters & via Video On Demand!

Details From The IFC 78/52 Press Release

IFC Midnight Presents: 78/52 Now Playing in Select Theaters & On Demand

The Acclaimed “78/52” is finally here, and anyone who’s seen it can tell you it’s well worth the wait! It’s a New York Times Critic’s Pick and is currently rated 90% “Fresh” at Rotten Tomatoes. Plus it’s been getting raves at festivals all over the world. Now, audiences everywhere can see what makes 78/52 so compelling, so fascinating and so entertaining, too!

Aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics, and fans—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich—director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings. The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

Sounds cool! I can’t wait to check this out!


The documentary is the latest project for Alexandre O. Philippe, the man behind The People vs. George Lucas and Doc of the Dead78/52 released on Friday the 13th on iTunes, Amazon Video and various other VOD outlets.

If it’s been a while since you’ve scene Psycho (1960), let’s refresh your memory. Take a peek at 3 glorious minutes of cinematic history…

Psycho is, of course, a masterpiece, and this documentary looks great! In addition to being 90% Fresh, it has a 100% audience score!

Will you be checking out 78/52? Tell us in the comments!

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