Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann form a classic pairing of director and composer, ranking among the very best of them, if not the best. Herrmann has been responsible for an abundance of memorable film scores, but “Psycho” is far and away his most popular work. Hitchcock himself has even admitted that the success of “Psycho” is largely thanks to Herrmann’s score. The score and the film go hand-in-hand. You simply can’t have one without the other. Who would ever dare try to pry them apart?
Sean Blevins of House By The Video Store has endeavoured to as a part of his “Soundtrack Swap,” by taking the score to one of the most highly acclaimed horror films in recent memory, “It Follows,” and splicing parts of it into scenes of Hitchcock’s film. Vice versa, he utilized Herrmann’s score during a couple of scenes of “It Follows.” Does the experiment work? Are those select scenes still as effective with different music?
Perhaps. Perhaps not. But it’s a worthwhile experiment nonetheless, and it at least demonstrates just how odd “Psycho” would be if it used more modern-sounding music. That said, while Herrmann’s score doesn’t quite work in David Robert Mitchell’s film either, it’s telling how the music doesn’t sound aged at all when placed in a movie released 55 years after Herrmann wrote the music.
You can check out the experiment yourself just below.