Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
The master of suspense moves his cameras into the icy blackness of the unexplored!
When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.
After being tormented by two recent awful modern horror productions ( Turd no.1 and Turd no.2) I felt the urge to go back to horror's humble beginnings and more often than not I end up with Hitchock's timeless masterpiece.
One of the most disgusting serial killers that ever lived was Edward Gein. Robert Bloch wrote the novel 'Psycho' and based his Norman Bates on Gein, focusing not so much on his murders but more on his bizarre relationship with his mother. This novel was subsequently turned into a screenplay and handed to Hitchcock who proceeded to turn it into one of the most influential and iconic horror films ever made.
I read the novel not so long ago and my…
I think I must have one of those faces you can't help believing.
It's quite fascinating how we have no difficulty in transferring our empathy from Janet Leigh's Marion Crane to the nervous young Norman Bates portrayed by Anthony Perkins after the turning point. There's almost no difficulty in seeing him as the protagonist, even as you watch him clean up a terrible mess with practiced ease. I was startled to find myself actually hoping that he wouldn't miss a spot and later get caught.
It's all an excellent example of how to create protagonists that are easy to sympathize with regardless of their lives. I mean, Marion Crane must have been shocking back when Psycho was first released -…
Chilling, unforgettable and riddled with skin-crawling tension, Psycho is one of those landmark horror classics that ought to be on everyone's "to watch before I die"-list.
An audacious tale, in the sense that it also starrs a female lead of questionable moral nature (Marion Crane, played by the beautiful Janet Leigh). She trades in lies, beds a married man, steals money from her work - yet the performances and amazing writing still allows us to care for her.
And when Marion in flight from her crime gets a room at the Bates Motel - owned by creepy sociopath Norman Bates and his overprotective mother - we step into her every experience, leading up to the famous shower scene, where the…
She might have fooled me, but she didn't fool my mother.
First order of business: If there is some sort of miracle that someone, somewhere, is reading this and knows nothing of the plot of Psycho then STOP reading right now and watch it. If I have one cinematic regret, it's that I was never able to experience this film going in cold. It's still one of my all time favorite movies, but the thought of witnessing it for the first time without knowing what I was in for makes me jealous of anyone that had that chance.
It's one of those rare films where every second, of every moment, of every scene is…
Finally watched Psycho. Go ahead and laugh. Seeing it so long after it was made seems silly. I realize that this is a classic in the world of cinema and now I finally know why. You can throw all the accolades you want at this film, but I have my own reasons for liking this one.
The tension starts early and that's long before the Bates Motel. Multiple plot lines merge into one cohesive narrative. Acting was impressive here and even the victims had some background. Our killer is intelligent and seems to be harmless on the outside. Even the music is memorable and effective.
This film is a reminder that gore isn't necessary when tension and mystery can do a better job.
Psycho es seguramente el clásico fílmico al que más difícil es llegar sin ideas preconcebidas o haber visto las escenas claves, pero eso no puede con la impepinable fuerza de sus imágenes y su acompañamiento sonoro.
Well thank goodness, it's definitely better than Bates Motel.
Norman's internal monologue to himself as his mother in the empty questioning room, its negative space punctuated by the bare, stark gray wall behind him, followed by the close-up of the fly resting on his hand, and finally Perkins directly addressing the camera with one of the most genuinely macabre smiles you'll ever see, that's basically some Persona-level type shit. And I have no doubt, at all, that it inspired Bergman.
Filme interessante, cenas tensas. Não precisava ter a explicação no final.. dumbed down total
a film that you have heard so much about and seen parts that when you watch it, it basically ruins the film. the ending still got me though
As I was watching this, I started to get bored. And then I realized how silly I was being. 5 stars.
Flawed, but memorable and certainly one of Hitchcock's most memorable films. I feel like in some ways there are two films here which make it both interesting and is a double edged sword where it can feel disjointed. It's a bit of a fun film pivot, but until the plot gets to the Bates Motel, it kind of sputters. Once there, things pick up and there's a great suspenseful film, one that is all the more impressive for it's lack of gore (this is a G-Rated film really, not R). The performances are all great and the scene right before the end in which Norman, or should I say his mother, has her monologue ... it's fantastic. I then find it marred by the scene of the film being pulled out of the swamp.
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