All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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 -…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"We all go a little mad sometimes." - Norman Bates
Antony Perkins is perfect in this film. Very, very few actors have ever created a performance of such wit, awkwardness, menace, loveability and creepiness the way he has. He's so good that he elevates an already exceptional film to a higher level. That's pretty much all I want to say, although...
I've noticed something. Norman Bates. Nor-man Bates. As is 'not' a 'man'. That may be really obvious, but it's the first time I've noticed it.
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Today I watched "Psycho," and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I especially loved the music, always chiming in at the perfect moments to raise the tension. I also liked the camera angles and movement. One example of this is when Bates takes Marion out from the bathroom and the camera shows the newspaper full of money prominently in the shot. Tension, through camera angles and music, builds around the newspaper as the audience wonders whether or not Bates will find the money.
A lot of themes in "Psycho" remind me of themes from "Vertigo," mainly the concepts of delusion and obsession. In "Psycho," Bates obsesses over his mother and…
Well that embarrassment off of my "to watch list" has been taken off...now to get to the other gillion Hitchcock films I need to see.
Yes, it carries your attention. No, it's not particularly believable. No, I don't want to watch it again.
One of the most outright manipulative horror movies I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s almost a meta-movie. The joy is less in the story itself than it is in watching Hitchcock deconstruct his own tropes. The thing of it is, it’s not doing it for laughs (a la Cabin in the Woods), and it never feels forced. The genius is that you really do feel as though Marion and Norman could have had a whole movie built around them. It also helps that Janet Leigh and (particularly) Anthony Perkins are astoundingly good. It also helps that the movie is genuinely transgressive. And though the shower sequence is the most-cited for a reason, the sequence directly following is my favorite. Norman…
To state the obvious: this is a masterclass in film-making. There is no point in even explaining what it does right, because let's face it, you all know and it's a classic for a reason. But why only a 3.5? Well I'm not the biggest Hitchcock fan, to be quite honest. Beyond the surface, I don't sense much deeper meaning in his work (Vertigo being somewhat the exception). Sure, people have talked about themes/motifs of sexuality, voyeurism, mothers...among many others. But I never felt like there was a main underlying theme. One singular purpose to the film aside from suspense. I don't take it that this is a thinkin' film, or one that wants you to think.
Psycho operates on…
WA Creative Writing Class - DVD
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is a fucking sexual movie, and i adore it with all my heart! Funnily, another horror movie, House On Haunted Hill, inspired Hitchcock to make this in the first place in black & white, and on a lesser budget. I love that little piece of trivia considering both movies mean so much to me. However I didn't see Psycho until much later in my life, and when i got to it... boy was the wait worth it.
Psycho to sum it up, isn't about a psycho, but about a disturbed man with a dual personality disorder, who, due to an over attachment to his dominatrix mother, and due to... well nah, i think i'll just leave a bit…
"It wasn't a message that stirred the audiences, nor was it a great performance...they were aroused by pure film." - Alfred Hitchcock
Psicose é o tipo de filme que muitos "fingem" que já assistiram por conhecer a clássica cena do chuveiro. Corrigi minha falha de caráter, finalmente, devido ao meu Desafio dos Filmes e fica claro porque Hitchcock é um dos expoentes máximos da sétima arte.
Os tempos são outros e algumas coisas como as atuações em cenas de luta ficam muito datadas, mas o roteiro e a trilha sonora são as forças motrizes desta bela obra de Tio Alfred.
Menos um na minha lista da vergonha :)