Billy Bob Thornton won an Oscar for his screenplay and was an Oscar nominee for Best Actor. For 1960's PSYCHO, screenwriter Joseph Stefano wrote one of the best, most memorable screenplays of the 1960s -- or any other decade -- but did not get an Oscar nomination. Mr. Stefano should have been an Oscar nominee. His script is challenging. It broke a Hollywood mold in killing off the leading lady in the first hour. As for his dialogue, it is at once revealing, unsettling and witty. For example, when Norman Bates says, "I don't hate my mother. I hate what she's become," that is one of the most brilliant lines of self-loathing ever written for a Hollywood film. I get a chill when he says "My hobby is stuffing things." And I always giggle when Norman casually remarks, "I hate the smell of dampness, don't you? It's such a -- I don't know -- creepy smell" before he changes the linen in the motel rooms.
Today, moviegoers remember Billy Bob Thornton from MONSTER'S BALL, the comedy BAD SANTA and the TV series version of FARGO. I wish his SLING BLADE would be re-appreciated. As an actor, he disappeared into that role, playing a unique Southern character who gave you a hint of Boo Radley from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
Enjoy the DVD double feature.