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.
Alfred Hitchcock's tale of a semi socially awkward boy, a loving and caring mother, a family owned and operated motel, a thief who stole $40,000 of cold hard cash, and a steamy shower that forever changed cinema for the better. Post coitus pillow talk. Is Sam Loomis and Dr. Loomis the same person? The way Hitch gives the middle finger to the censorship codes. Janet Leigh purrs like a kitten and is one sexy vixen. Cowboy Hitch. Has there ever been a scene in a Hitch film that Patricia Hitchcock didn't steal? Pills make you feel better. Watching Janet Leigh dress is exciting. You gotta love the musical score. It's super freaky in a super fun way. Creepy cop. Cheap…
Immortal for its contribution to cinema, notorious for pushing the boundary of what's accepted in mainstream movies & setting an extremely high benchmark for horror films to follow, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho remains the most influential, successful & famous work of his legendary career and is rightfully hailed as one of the greatest achievements in the history of filmmaking.
The story of Psycho concerns Marion Crane; a secretary working at a real estate office who is entrusted with $40,000 in cash to be deposited in the bank but ends up absconding with it in order to start a new life. Caught in heavy rain & tired after a long drive, she pulls over to spend the night at Bates Motel whose owner-manager seems to…
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 -…
SPOILERS IN THIS. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN PSYCHO YET, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? GET ON THAT FREAKING NOW!
Part Two of Rolling Fog, Creepy Passageways, Murderers Lurking In The Dark: My Own Halloween Challenge
It's time I tackled THE review, and It only took a halloween challenge to have me attempt it. Now, I've "reviewed" Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece before, but it was more of a gushing list of adjectives than anything else. Personally, I've always felt that a film THIS incredible shouldn't even be reviewed, but experienced over and over again. Yet, I've seen some wonderful takes on Hitchcock's film, and I figured I'd try it out. Just testing the waters here.
Psycho is one of the…
Few films have a recognizable legacy as Psycho does, and while that is fine in one context, it can be a curse in another. Especially for a film that was made with the ignorance of its audience in mind. It’s very difficult to go into Psycho completely blind, unless you were raised under a rock all your life, and the sheer number of sequels, prequels, and that universally panned Gus Van Sant remake have made it even harder. But that’s what Hitchcock wanted, and that’s why Psycho has such a monumental reputation today: he took big, unprecedented risks that no one else would have expected at the time, and the result paid off in spades. The film shocked, awed, and…
My favorite horror movie of all time.
"I wouldn't hurt a fly."
All my life I've been saying that "my favorite film is Saving Private Ryan, and no film can surpass it." Until today. Psycho is my favorite movie of all time, I've seen: Raging Bull, The Godfather, The Pianist and even Pulp Fiction and still, I couldn't find a movie that has impacted me as much as 'Saving Private Ryan'. I literary just saw this movie, I've been trying to watch it for about 3 years now and it was worth the wait. I'm not gonna lie, some parts were really scary and creepy. The acting was phenomenal, and the ending was so fucking mind bending. Right after Alfred Hitchcock surprises you - you get…
OK, so I guess I'm that insane guy who isn't totally wowed by Vertigo and Psycho. I do really admire the audacity to kill off the top-billed cast member midway through the movie, but it doesn't really serve the story that well.
The reason I don't like Psycho and Vertigo that much is that I don't love any of their characters. All of my favorite Hitchcocks (Rear Window, The Birds, Marnie, Lifeboat, Shadow of a Doubt) feature characters I love.
I also could do without the extended epilogue scene toward the end of the film in which everything is spelled out in detail by a psychiatrist.
Wonderful to see on the big screen in 35mm print.
Love the opening titles.
Bernard Herrmann's score is a real piece of genius. I love it in its quieter moments even more than the famous parts, like the shower sequence.
Janet Leigh drips with sensuality and exudes sexuality.
Anthony Perkins gives a once in a lifetime performance. He was so great that people could hardly imagine him doing anything else.
The only false note for me is the police station "explanation" scene in the end. Unnecessary, but most likely required by the American audiences of 1960.
Also, I watched the first 15 minutes of the Van Sant remake from 1998. It was awful for many reasons (though it certainly can…
Pop culture ruined this movie for me.
Despite some clunky elements towards the end, Psycho's transgressive daring still holds up an impressive 50 plus years after its release.
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