Christopher Walken Was Slashed From This Classic Horror Movie’s Sequel

When looking at the most iconic horror villains, names like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and Ghostface might come to mind. Before any of them, however, was another scary bad guy who wore a different kind of mask. In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock changed horror forever with Psycho. Along with Peeping Tom, which came out the same year, Psycho was the first ever slasher. It’s not a gory film with a high blood count, but a psychological thriller with the double shocking twist involving the death of its heroine, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), and the reveal that motel owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is the actual killer. Over two decades later, Hollywood came calling for a sequel. Anthony Perkins was originally uninterested in making Psycho II. Undeterred, Universal turned to Academy Award winner Christopher Walken. But in the end, Perkins returned to play Norman and Walken moved on. So what changed Perkins’ mind?

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Author: Shawn Van Horn