24 Hour Psycho

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24 Hour Psycho
Norman Bates.jpg
Directed byDouglas Gordon
Based onPsycho by Robert Bloch
Produced byDouglas Gordon
Release date
  • 1993 (1993)
Running time
1440 minutes (24 hours)
CountryUnited Kingdom

24 Hour Psycho is the title of an art installation created by artist Douglas Gordon in 1993.


The work consists entirely of an appropriation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 Psycho slowed down to approximately two frames a second, rather than the usual 24. As a result, it lasts for exactly 24 hours, rather than the original 109 minutes.[1] The film was an important work in Gordon's early career, and is said to introduce themes common to his work, such as "recognition and repetition, time and memory, complicity and duplicity, authorship and authenticity, darkness and light".[2]

In popular culture[edit]

24 Hour Psycho is featured prominently in Don DeLillo's book Point Omega.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, Nathan (11 June 2006). "THE WEEK AHEAD: June 11 - June 17; FILM". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Douglas Gordon: what have i done". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 November 2009.