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 -…
Typically, Sundays during the fall are off limits for an NFL super fan like myself, but the opportunity to screen Psycho at the cinema for the first time in my life? No way I could turn that down.
One of my favorite films of all time on the big screen, and the experience was well worth it. That incredible score by Bernard Herrmann is especially haunting when it fills the air of a theater.
Just fantastic, first of three trips to the cinema this week.
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.
An undisputed classic, and rightfully so. All I really knew about one of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous films, was the infamous shower scene. It's one of those moments in cinema history that everyone knows about, even if they have no idea what the film is about, who stars in it, or even who directed it.
I'd heard little things about the film here and there over the years, but not much else, so for the majority of the film I had no idea where it was going. A simple bank clerk played by Janet Leigh is entrusted with depositing a large sum of cash for a client, and instead takes off with the money. Stopping off at a motel along…
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