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Campaign hopes to protect cinema's most iconic home: the "Psycho" house

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The Bates family home, part of the Universal Studios backlot for over half a century, is in some pretty dire straights. Warped wood, old paint, and years of neglect have left it looking about as great at Norman's mom, but not a new campaign aims to give the old girl a facelift.

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Illustration for article titled Campaign hopes to protect cinemas most iconic home: the Psycho house

Over the years, the famous house has continued to be featured in films (including some pretty awful sequels), music videos, photo shoots, and more, and continues to be one of the most recognizable and exciting stops on the Universal Studios backlot tour. Unfortunately, a close look at the building facade shows that it's beginning to come apart at the seams, and so far, it doesn't appear that Universal Studios has any plans to fix it up anytime soon.

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Illustration for article titled Campaign hopes to protect cinemas most iconic home: the Psycho house

Enter a new Change.org petition by "Save The Psycho House". The new campaign aims to "save the greatest surviving movie set in the world".

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From the petition:

Through the years the house has had several upgrades (It went from being just a two sided facade to three then four and finally it was given a roof to top it off!) and has gone through at least two renovations and twice it moved location completly!

Sadly however, it has been over a decade since the hollywood legend last had a nip n' tuck or a fresh slap of powder and paint and the old girl is starting to look her age... Visiters to the house today will see evidence of warped, rotting timber... Gaping holes in the woodwork with large sections of missing planks of wood... Decorative woodwork damaged and some sections missing completly from around the porch... Shingles rotten, damaged and missing from the roof... All in all it's not a pretty sight and if something is not done soon to help stop the decay, we feel it may pass a critical point of no return!

We urge UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD to listen to our pleas to undertake a complete and total restoration of the building and in the process preserve an iconic piece of Hollywood history.

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It would be a total bummer if such an awesome set went to the big backlot in the sky. If you want to add your voice to the push to save the Psycho House, head over to the Change.org petition right here.

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