Last night was the Season 4 finale of the USA Network’s TV series Psych. The Hitchcock-inspired episode is directed by the show’s star, James Roday, and guests stars Ally Sheedy (best known for her role the 1985 film The Breakfast Club) who is reprising her role as the serial killer, Mr. Yang.
During a recent conference call interview Roday talked about being a fan of Alfred Hitchcock and the Psych homage to his films. He also revealed what it was like to work with the ’80s pop culture icon, Ally Sheedy.
The Psych Season Finale is a Hitchcock Homage
Roday not only starred in the final episode of the season, as he does each week, but he also directed it. He said he drew his inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock, stating, “I really do try to stay as faithful to Hitchcock as I could both aesthetically and in pacing and I just shamelessly ripped off four or five shots straight out of his films, quite frankly. It was an homage episode and I’m a Hitchcock fan, and Andy Berman who wrote the episode with me, is a Hitchcock fan. As much as we could get away with doing Hitchcock in a Psych episode that’s definitely what we set out to do.”
Does Roday have a favorite Hitchcock movie? “I am a huge Psycho fan. I have always been a Psycho fan… I just think Hitchcock sort of revolutionized the idea of the chiller twist that horror films attempted to be predicated on since Psycho came out. That is the original jaw dropping twist that set everything else in motion. I love that movie, and Anthony Perkins is fantastic in it and it’s shot amazingly and yes, that would be my number one.”
Hitchcock was known for creating an entire movie in his head before any shooting happened. Roday was asked if he approached this episode that same way. He replied, “No. Hitchcock, God love him, he’s one of the great masters of all time, but he did used to stick to that whole idea that the entire movie was in his head before he stepped on set for the first day and that never once in his entire career did anything ever change. That’s the most impossible thing in the world for me to believe, if for no other reason than something must have fallen over at some point or exploded or something.”
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