Wondery's suite of audio stories expands again with this six-part series about the making of Psycho. Hitchcock's horror masterpiece was inspired by one of the creepiest true crime villains ever (OK, since you asked, serial killer Ed Gein, who crafted furniture and masks out of his victims' body parts FFS). Hitchcock made Psycho with his own money, against advice, and remained as antagonistic and obsessive throughout the production as he had ever been. He terrified Janet Leigh with corpse-pranks; tested a range of melons in search of the most realistic stabbing sound effects; and, once the film opened in cinemas, insisted that late-coming patrons be prevented from entering the theatre. Obviously there is fertile ground to plunder here and the series makes use of it all, leading us from Gein's real-life horror story to the production itself and its eventual public reception, with many scenes rendered in immersive soundscapes. All six 30-minute episodes are available now.
Gateway episodes: #1 The Butcher of Plainfield (23 Mar 2017) / #4 Men Do Kill Nude Women You Know (6 Apr 2017)