The Yukon Tavern is switching up our movie nights with a new name and a new focus towards films that are best watched with a cold, frosty beer in a bar.
This week host Mac Bell will be showing the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho. This 1960 version is considered one of Hitchcock’s all-time best movies, pushing the limits of violence, psychosis and sexuality on film and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the popular slasher subgenre.
Norman Bates, proprietor of the Bates Motel, checks Marion Crane into a room where she settles down for the night with a nice, warm shower….I’ll save the rest for those few who are new to the film, but expect a huge creep factor from this black and white classic.
An interesting note about Psycho is that it was the first time a toilet was captured on film. Screenwriter Joseph Stefano insisted on including this shot, as he felt it would further disturb the audience. “I love this flick not only because it is an artistic masterpiece, but also because it pushed the boundaries of what you could show on film,” says Mac Bell. “And, it’s one of the earliest times the word ‘transvestite’ was used in a film. In fact, the term was so rarely used at the time the censorship board had to ask what that term meant.”
The new “Yukon Suds & Cinema” is checking into the Bates Motel on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:20pm at the Yukon Tavern in Southeast Portland. Don’t miss it or you might find yourself screaming in your shower later that night!