This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
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.
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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 -…
Lots and lots and lots of suspense. The longer the film goes without something going wrong, the more you expect the moment to come. And even when it does come, it surprises you. That is what a great thriller can do - they excite, they scare, and they are viscerally entertaining.
Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" lacks the digital polish of modern horror films, but it is still a hell of a lot better than most of them. Despite the fact that some of the moments look unconvincing, they are still skin-crawling in the way that they are set up - the camera moves ever so slowly to suck you in, and the harsh and sudden music in the soundtrack sets the…
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Amazing tension. Grimmer and more gruesome than most thrillers/horror movies today.
I really don't like the over explaining psychiatrist at the end though. It takes away alot of the mystery, and is out of tone in my opinion. He is almost from another movie. And if he truly is a psychiatrist, how come he can't understand the feelings of the family of the late Marion Crane? Maybe they wouldn't enjoy hearing about the horrible psyche of their lovers/sisters killer?
From the very first constructed zooming from a cityscape in through a small window, Alfred Hitchcock is in full-on master mode throughout Psycho. Anthony Perkins is so good here (especially in comparison to The Black Hole) - evoking the type of performances James Stewart was giving Hitch at the time. That seems to be the point, as the team goes a long way to subvert that idea in the movie's second half. The big exposition dump at the end is still a tough pill to swallow, but everything before that (and even the shot of Norman after) is so worth it.
Psycho aus dem Jahre 1960 ist für mich persönlich einer der besten Filme aller Zeiten.
Wie es hier Altmeister Alfred Hitchcock schafft pure Spannung, durch eigentlich nur Dialoge zu erzeugen ist einfach ein der Wahnsinn.
Von diesem Film kann man sich auch heute noch sehr inspirieren lassen. Den der Film ist, verständlicherweise durch sein Erscheinungsjahr, "nur" in schwarz/weiß zu sehen und auch eher kleinen Szenenbildern und wenig aufwendige Kostüme sind im Film im Vergleich zu heute zu finden. Aber wie bereits angesprochen liegt die stärke dieses Filmes in den Dialogen und in der Schauspielerischen Leistung. Allen voran Anthony Perkins spielt hier, wie ich finde hervoragend. Und machte die Filmfigur "Norman Bates" für den ein oder anderen Geek mit seiner Leistung zur Legende.
Wer noch nicht zu verwöhnt ist von heutigen Standards und Schwarz/weiß, sowie keine absolute Top-Qualität im Sound verkraften kann der wird mit Psycho ganz viel Spaß haben und lernen warum Alfred Hitchcock meister der Spannung genant wird.
Memory is a funny thing. It's easy to remember how great Perkins is here. But also easy to forget how little he's actually in it. Over time I find I enjoy the (pre-Bates Motel) build up more.
i know the dialogue of this by heart
Late night, England: I'm lying on my couch after a couple of rum and Cokes, bored and channel hopping and then I land on this... life can be good!
If you don't like this Hitch classic, then you don't like movies, plain and simple! ;)
The best horror movie of all time!
Great movie, is it scary by today's standards? No, but it has a great story with many twists and turn. Good ole film from the master of suspense. 4 stars
this list could probably go on forever
(there's a lot of cronenberg here)