The ‘shower scene‘ is what Psycho is remembered mostly for and Hitchcock gives us clues early on that indicate Marion’s fate. As she escapes from her past there’s no sunny sunset on the horizon only heavy rain obstructing her view – the slashing movement of the windscreen wipers in the rain foreshadowing the slashing of the knife in the shower.
25 years on and how cool is this scene? The ripples in the glasses of water… the appearance of the roaring T-rex… Lexi and Tim trapped under the glass of the sunroof… the climactic Jeep chases scene… incredible, and the characters plight made even more helpless by all that torrential rain.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” says dying replicant Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) in one of the most moving death monologues in cinematic history.
N’er was there an opening scene so foreboding. What with our protagonist (Jessica Harper) arriving to a foreign destination, at night no less, in the lashings of rain. Heavy saturated colours and a suspense–setter song by Goblin make for an entirely creepy scene altogether.
Georgie’s boat would never have floated down the drain had it not been for the rain. This scene featured in our blog ‘7 Deadly Opening Scenes to Scare the Hell out of you this Halloween‘ and it’s still as spooky as all hell. No idea why Bill Skarsgård didn’t pick up an Oscar for playing Pennywise the clown with such petrifying perfection.
“Why are frogs falling from the sky?” Phil Parma (Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
Not exactly rain but that time cats and dogs became frogs in American filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Magnolia. What was this amphibian downpour? Is it something spiritual? Apocalyptic perhaps? Or just some freaky meteorological phenomenon – what does it all mean?
The heavy rain matched to this monologue makes Withnail’s melancholy, maybe even suicidal mood, even more heart-wrenching. We watch as a wine–filled Withnail delivers a sad soliloquy from the Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare.