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The extraordinary and rare project was created to commemorate the legendary movie by Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho, and its iconic shower scene. Hungarian directors and actresses have never done such a project before, and the result is marvellous.

24 reported that Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was first released in cinemas 60 years ago. For the special occasion and anniversary of the movie, a Hungarian director asked 60 Hungarian actresses to contribute to a project in which they would recreate the iconic and scary shower scene of the movie. The director, Zoltán Vozó Végh, stated that the project simply started as a love-project for the movie and quickly turned into a complete special commemoration of Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

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Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh) decides to run away from her workplace with a huge amount of money her boss gives to her to take to the bank. While driving her car, rain starts falling heavily, and she needs to spend the night somewhere. Crane stops at the Bates Motel where the owner of the place, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), welcomes her. They have supper together, and after that, Crane goes to her room and takes a shower. During the shower, she is brutally murdered…

In each cut, a different Hungarian actress can be seen, and the murderer was also played by two women. Back in 1960, Janet Leigh was only seen when her face was visible during the shower scene, all the other shots were done with her stand-in.

The shoot was complicated as the warm water ran out several times, and also it was hard to find a shower curtain similar to the original one in the movie. The shower and the sink had to be manufactured to be the exact replicas of the American ones.

Some names of the project include Franciska Törőcsik, Bori Péterfy, Gabi Gubás, Andrea Osvárt, Anna Peller, Eszter Ónodi, Nóra Trokán, Andrea Szulák, and even Mari Törőcsik, only appearing for a few seconds. 

The iconic shower scene of Psycho was the first one in the history of movie-making that contained explicit violence and blood along with the actress’s naked body visible in a blur when the stand-in touches the curtain of the shower. Weary of huge controversy and media attention, Hitchcock released the movie anyway, which became an international success and still one of the most well-known classic thrillers of our time.

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