All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
This review reportedly contains 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…
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.
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 -…
One of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of film history.
Psycho is a movie that needs no introduction. It's soundtrack and stabbing scene are probably the most famous pieces of cinema in history. But did you know there is also a movie surrounding this scene? Yes, it's about one Marion Crane. She's a real estate secretary and one day a wealthy client drops off $40,000 dollars in cash (I'm sure if the movie was made today it would be like five million dollars) and she takes the money and splits town. She spends the night in the Bates Motel but is murdered there. What you didn't know is that there is a second half where her boyfriend and sister try to find out what happened to her and figure out…
Surprisingly not the highest placed horror on this list as Jaws and Alien are still to come, it is definitely the highest placed out and out horror film on the list and at just number 45 is shocking in my opinion. The first time I watched this was probably about 15 years ago when I was about 15 and it has not dated at all. Norman Bates has got to be one of the best screen villains ever created and Anthony Perkins is perfectly cast in the role as you originally feel sorry for him as a man who is overpowered by his mother but not until later do we realise how much. For a film released in…
Alfred Hitchcock is without a shadow of a doubt a master of suspense, and Psycho, arguably his most popular film, is sheer proof of that, with mounting tension, excellent direction, fantastic performances from Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, and Janet Leigh, a chilling sense of mystery, a clever script, and a gripping story.
The first truly amazing horror film that changed the game. Amazing Acting, directing, writing, cinematography and score; not only my favorite film but a dilm that is truly one of the best ever made.
I am happy to report that I had never seen Psycho before and that all I knew going in was that there is a shower scene. I am relieved to say that, unlike Vertigo, Psycho completely exceeded my expectations. The black and white was incredible on Blu-ray and Norman Bates is going to haunt me for a while.
Unfortunately I did guess the twist about 2/3 of the way through, but I was still on the edge of my seat up until the reveal. Perfect amount of suspense.
Sight & Sound challenge 59/250
Such a great score!
This is bad, but I can't hate it, yanno?
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!