The shower curtain parts. The knife descends. The blood swirls down the drain. That scene in "Psycho" left Janet Leigh, the leading lady in the Alfred Hitchcock film, a bath enthusiast for life.
"I suddenly said to myself, 'My God, we're so vulnerable and defenseless in the shower,' " the 70-year-old actress said. "You can't hear because the water's running. You can't see. You're there, and you're easy picking."
Leigh, in Glenside, Pa., for a recent screening of "Psycho" in the Keswick Theatre, hasn't taken a shower since madman Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) attacked her 37 years ago.
Leigh's oldest daughter, Kelly Curtis, refuses to watch the scene. Her youngest daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, apparently got over it; she starred in "Halloween" and other fright movies.