A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
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…
Felt even more apocalyptic on the big screen, especially in regards to the nighttime photography and the seemingly desperate speed of the clouds behind the Bates' residence. Flawless in every regard, and its calm demeanor towards visceral terror never fails to send chills down my spine. In particular, a conversation between Norman and his mother, heard from outside the bedroom door, is a perfect fit for Hitchcock's voyeuristic eye and his love for tranquil long-takes.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's way too much movie here for the little free time I have to write these things, and I had a very special experience watching this, so I'm going full anecdote with this review.
We brought a new friend to our October Horrorfest screening today. He was a horror newbie. He was a man who not only hadn't seen Psycho, he didn't even know what it was about. He knew it was a well regarded early horror movie, and that was it.
He didn't know how charming and charismatic Norman Bates is.
He didn't know Marion Crane dies 40 minutes in.
And he didn't know Norman Bates did it.
His jaw hit the floor when Lila Crane discovered Norman's mother's…
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 -…
I was SO ready to watch a scary movie! Wasn't it suppose to be scary? I couldn't help laughing at inappropriate places - like everytime the music went hyper!
But still an awesome movie with cool dialog and a tense atmosphere.
So much more than the shower scene.
I didn't go in for the full five stars on this if only because, thanks to modern technology, I knew quite literally everything about this movie going in. There was no suspense or shock value. However, in 1960, seeing this, I can imagine it was a completely unreal experience.
So much went into this movie in terms of complexity and little things. A well-made movie is more than the sum of its parts, and that's 100% true here. The music is the first part. On its own it's electric and terrifying. Combine that with the scenes where it's used, and I haven't experienced music quite this anxiety-inducing since Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The acting, particularly from Perkins, is next-level creepy.…
"She wouldn't even harm a fly."
Perkins' performance alone is enough for me to cement Psycho's position on my list of favorite movies. I saw this in 2001 for the first time in broad daylight in a class room filled with other students and it was still the most creepy, unsettling thing I had ever seen. It is a perfect horror film, genuinely suspenseful, has unsurpassed thrilling twists, shocking deaths and argubly the most memorable ending of all time.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Where do I start with this? Essential cinema. Just go watch it if you haven't seen it, or if you know someone who hasn't seen it, watch it with them because it's the closest you'll ever get to that first time experience of seeing it again. Top tier cinema.
Had not seen this for a number of years, so this watch elicited genuine shocks and excitement.
Holds up wonderfully.
No explanation required.
Even with knowing the huge twists, this movie still left a huge impact on me. Anthony Perkins gives one of the most tragic and haunting performances of all time. That part in the basement with Mrs Bates and Norman is fucking haunting, seeing Norman in his mothers clothes is an image that will haunt me for the rest of my life. The ending of this movie is so perfectly creepy, and it is one that will stick with me for a while. Alfred Hitchcock with one movie shaped the landscape of not just horror movies but movies in general. A masterpiece of shock and terror.
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…