Written by Mr. Mouseburger 27th Mar 2006
Kindly submitted by Thomas Ricard
This is surely one of the most unforgettable scenes in cinema history and arguably the most memorable murder ever committed on screen.
It's as simple as this: Marion has been a very naughty girl. She has stolen some money and has been running away from the cops. She decides to rest from the road in a rather shabby motel, owned by the creepy-but-pretty-nice-looking mama's boy, Norman Bates.
It is getting late, and so Marion decides on having a little shower, to wash away the day's ordeals, before retiring to bed. However, as she's busy getting clean, she doesn't notice a dark figure approaching behind the curtain...and the slowly reaching hand moving towards the shower curtain.
The curtain is suddenly ripped open, Marion turns around and utters an immortal scream of terror as she is stabbed continually with a knife by a robed figure that is, in fact, Norman, who is dressed as his mother. Having inflicted inordinate stab wounds onto Marion’s body, Norman leaves leaving Marion clinging to life. Even though she is slowly dying, Marion reaches out one last time to grab the curtain and pulls it down with her, as she lies in the tub, dead.
This may be a standard death, but it does attract extra points for a) the nice camera work and b) the originality of it, for the time it was filmed. Interesting to note that despite the many stabbings inflicted, we never once see the knife enter Marion’s body.