As with Robert Englund above, take off the terrifying layer of latex and you have a guy who looks like everyone's mild-mannered-yet-probably-racist uncle. An uncle who either works as a gym teacher, or who has been fired from working as a gym teacher for drinking on the job. There are no other possibilities.
And just think: if the people at Direct Line had forked over some extra cash for the rights, they could have had Bradley in full Pinhead gear threatening to flay your flesh with rusted chains if you didn't sign up for a new policy.
Norman Bates Was an Inoffensive Pop Singer
Norman Bates is the granddaddy of slasher movie icons. The titular psycho of Alfred Hitchcock's classic film, the creep, played by Anthony Perkins, ushered in the genre and caused a generation of grown men living with their mothers to move out, lest they seem like crazed murderers.
Under US law, just looking like this is probable cause for a full search of the premises.
Imagine a Psycho remake starring Justin Bieber. Congratulations, you have imagined the original Psycho:
The cute pose distracts from the racism of the song.
That's right -- Anthony Perkins was also a crooner, and a wholesome one at that. He recorded several pop records, which, as far as we know, contained no songs about murdering young women and disposing of their corpses.
Though presumably at least one ballad addressed the difficulties of living with his shoulder deformity.
It's not like this was some obscure secret, either; his song "Moonlight Swim" actually made it to number 24 on the Billboard Top 30 Chart. If there was an indisputably complete opposite of horror, it's tossing a pastel-colored sweater over your shoulders and singing songs like "April Fool" and "Hit the Road to Dreamland." Look at how adorable he is!
"This tiny room can barely contain my whiteness!"
Can you imagine that guy turning into the "psycho?" Why, that's like if a few years from now Justin Bieber turned out to be a creepy serial killer ... okay, maybe that's a bad example.
J.M. McNab writes and podcasts for Rewatchability.com. You can also find him on Twitter.
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