When Alfred Hitchcock was making his classic film “Psycho” in 1960, he had a difficult time with the censors over a scene in a motel bathroom. It wasn’t the famous shower murder scene that they had a problem with, but rather, a scene in which something more horrifying to their minds occurs – somebody flushes a toilet. Hitchcock intended, and got, a scene of the toilet flushing in full view of the camera, and it went down in movie history as the first time this was ever shown in a film. Toilets are seen more often in movies today, but the most memorable bathroom scenes in tend to involve tubs and showers, and we probably have Hitchcock to thank for that too. The “Psycho” shower scene also marked the first time a director shot a straight on view of a shower head, but most people remember it for the shock of what happened to the main character at only 45 minutes into the film.
Hitchcock was admittedly influenced by French director Henri-Georges Clouzot and his 1959 film “Les Diabolique.” The creepy noir had its own bathroom scene that involved a murder with a twist.
Excluding love scenes, most bathroom scenes in movies do tend to involve death, but occasionally a comedy or other genre film will spend some time in a bathroom. Even wizarding schools have restrooms, after all:
Comic Bathroom Scenes
“Pillow Talk” (1959)
Rock Hudson and Doris Day have a split screen phone chat while each is a taking a bath in this romantic comedy.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001)
With witchcraft taking the place of modern conveniences in the world of Harry Potter’s wizards, it’s surprising that the Hogwarts school even has indoor plumbing. But it does, and once, the girls’ lavatory had a troll.
“Jurassic Park” (1993)
Why an educated man would think a flimsy outdoor public toilet would be a good place to hide from a T-rex is anybody’s guess, but the first “Jurassic Park” film’s blood-sucking lawyer gave it a try.
Bathroom Death Scenes
“Final Destination” (2000)
If you’ve never believed statistics about the number of people who die in household accidents, seeing this movie might make a believer out of you.
“Fatal Attraction” (1987)
Glenn Close and Michael Douglas’s kitchen sink scene led to a final showdown in the bathroom in the 1987 thriller that terrified married men everywhere.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)
Serial killer Freddy Krueger may be dead, but he’s still killing people in their dreams. In one of the original film’s most famous scenes, Freddy attacks a girl while she snoozes in the bathtub.
The most memorable bathroom in movie history is the horrifically disgusting industrial bathroom in the original “Saw” film. Unfortunately for the audience, a large portion of the movie takes place there, and the combination of rust, grime and filth is an almost unbearable distraction from the plot.
After watching a few of these bathroom scenes, you may be feeling creeped out and even hesitant to go back to your bathroom. After all, most bathrooms are designed in a way that leaves you pretty vulnerable. Maybe it’s time to redesign the room so that you can feel a little safer. According to Brother’s Plumbing of Toronto, the bathroom carries the most weight on how much comfort you experience in your home. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable, maybe it’s time to fix it!
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