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 -…
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 is a case of really good parts- not all, but lots of good parts- that never come together into great. The ending is pretty great, though. The cavalier psychiatrist with his, "now, let me explain what a transvestite is" speech and Perkin's stretched open mouth or the menacing end shot. Much of the film is on the dry side, though, and I've never found it to be a visually interesting film. Interspersed throughout are Arbogast's fall, the lecherous father of the bride and any of Norman's escalating escapades. Perkins goes for crazy and does it well. Too well. He has always been Psycho for me. No matter what film he's in, I'm waiting for him to go full Golden…
Watched at: Home
Watched with: Self
I think I would have been more impressed if I hadn't already known the big secret. The last shot of Norman's face was creepy as hell though.
No agli animali impagliati.
A masterpiece. The perfect bridge between suspense thriller and horror.
I watched this American Film Institute film last week, but I haven't had time to post my review until today. The film is #14 - Psycho starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This is his 3rd of 4 total movies on this list, and by far his most famous.
Marion Crane (Leigh) works at a real estate office in Phoenix, Arizona. After returning from lunch, which had been a secret rendezvous with her boyfriend, a client comes in and begins flirting with her. He mentions that he is buying a house for his daughter as a wedding present and throws out $40,000 cash. After being instructed by her boss to deposit the money immediately on…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The first thing I want to mention is Bernard Hermann, who may be the best motion picture composer I've ever known of. In "Psycho" his score becomes an extremely integral part in heightening the suspense and preparing you for whatever lurks around the dark corners of this movie. His score puts you on guard, because when a score that powerful is being played, there must be trouble brewing. As long as we're talking about individuals, lets talk about Perkins, who becomes more terrifying than any monster in any monster movie and more horrific than any horror icon. It is Norman Bates' human side, his kindness and hospitality, that ultimately make him more scary. Norman is as gentle as a lamb…
"A boy's best friend is his mother."
My adventure into untouched film territory continued tonight as I decided to watch my second black and white film, Psycho, a film I put off watching for much too long. Be warned: the following review is a rambling of random thoughts.
I'm pretty sure I went into the movie with the wrong mindset to begin with because right away I thought to myself, "This film is so cliché." A little while later I realized that Psycho in fact was the movie that made these clichés, and that I'm a better person than to use the word cliché.
My favorite part of the film was not watching a cinematic revolution unfold in front of…
A classic, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is one of the greatest thrillers of all time. I knew the ending to Psycho, and I was still fascinated the whole way through. It is gripping the whole time, and will leave you haunted when you get to the amazing ending. This film is very well shot, written, acted, and most of all directed by the legend Hitchcock.
Watch Psycho, before you die, you gotta watch it at least once.
Surpreendente se levarmos em conta a época em que foi feito. Clássica cena do assassinato no chuveiro com uma trilha sonora ótima nessa parte em particular. Explora bem a psicologia.
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