The shower scene from Psycho (1960) almost certainly qualifies as the most referenced and parodied in the history of cinema. In this paper I hope to take the art of Psycho-analysis through one more twist. It is my desire here neither to dispel nor to expose the fascination which the film continues to exert upon cinema-goers, movie-makers, feminists, and scholars of film around the world, but to take the evident charisma of Psycho seriously and follow it to the limit. Unashamedly and without reservation, I construct Psycho as a whole - and the shower scene in particular - as if it provided a unique demonstration of the power of film in general, indeed, as if it constituted the exemplary exception in the history of popular film.
For the Love of Fear: the Alfred Hitchcock Conference. Senses of Cinema (Sydney 31 March - 2 April, 2000)