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.
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.
Chilling, unforgettable and riddled with skin-crawling tension, Psycho is one of those landmark horror classics that ought to be on everyone's "to watch before I die"-list.
An audacious tale, in the sense that it also starrs a female lead of questionable moral nature (Marion Crane, played by the beautiful Janet Leigh). She trades in lies, beds a married man, steals money from her work - yet the performances and amazing writing still allows us to care for her.
And when Marion in flight from her crime gets a room at the Bates Motel - owned by creepy sociopath Norman Bates and his overprotective mother - we step into her every experience, leading up to the famous shower scene, where the…
She might have fooled me, but she didn't fool my mother.
First order of business: If there is some sort of miracle that someone, somewhere, is reading this and knows nothing of the plot of Psycho then STOP reading right now and watch it. If I have one cinematic regret, it's that I was never able to experience this film going in cold. It's still one of my all time favorite movies, but the thought of witnessing it for the first time without knowing what I was in for makes me jealous of anyone that had that chance.
It's one of those rare films where every second, of every moment, of every scene is…
Finally watched Psycho. Go ahead and laugh. Seeing it so long after it was made seems silly. I realize that this is a classic in the world of cinema and now I finally know why. You can throw all the accolades you want at this film, but I have my own reasons for liking this one.
The tension starts early and that's long before the Bates Motel. Multiple plot lines merge into one cohesive narrative. Acting was impressive here and even the victims had some background. Our killer is intelligent and seems to be harmless on the outside. Even the music is memorable and effective.
This film is a reminder that gore isn't necessary when tension and mystery can do a better job.
Classic. Forever disturbing. <3
Om te beginnen een biecht. Afgezien van The Birds had ik nooit eerder een film van Hitchcock gezien. Dat gaat als zelfbenoemd filmliefhebber aan je knagen, maar aan de andere kant: ik heb nog enorm veel klassiekers tegoed. Zo zag ik voor het eerst Psycho.
De film is een uitstapje van Hitchcock naar het horrorgenre, al begint de horror volgens de regisseur pas 'na de film, wanneer je in het donker in de auto zit'. Wel is Psycho onomstotelijk een bloedstollende film; ook als je hem 54 jaar na zijn oorspronkelijke release ziet.
Psycho draait uiteindelijk om Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), en zijn relatie met zijn moeder. Samen wonen ze in een groot huis, dat neerkijkt op een motel, waar…
oh shit man
Put this one off for too long but I'm glad I finally watched it. Visually, despite being black and white, it's quite the treat to look at. The performance of the actor who plays Norman Bates is pretty damn good and the best. I can very much so respect it as a influential piece of history for cinema. It doesn't translate as well to me as it would have to the audience back then due to all the horror films I've seen that have borrowed so many elements from this film, but regardless, I kept guessing what would happen at the end and was genuinely in shock as that whole last quarter came with the certain character reveal. Some scenes…
Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock's most famous, parodied, groundbreaking, and influential film, remains after several decades one of the greatest thrillers and horror films ever made. With a haunting score, many memorable moments, and a brilliant plot twist that, in spite of being one of the most widely known spoilers ever, is still shocking, this is an undeniable masterpiece of suspense that introduces Anthony Perkins playing one of the eeriest and most enthralling villains in movie history.
Psycho es seguramente el clásico fílmico al que más difícil es llegar sin ideas preconcebidas o haber visto las escenas claves, pero eso no puede con la impepinable fuerza de sus imágenes y su acompañamiento sonoro.
Well thank goodness, it's definitely better than Bates Motel.
Norman's internal monologue to himself as his mother in the empty questioning room, its negative space punctuated by the bare, stark gray wall behind him, followed by the close-up of the fly resting on his hand, and finally Perkins directly addressing the camera with one of the most genuinely macabre smiles you'll ever see, that's basically some Persona-level type shit. And I have no doubt, at all, that it inspired Bergman.
Filme interessante, cenas tensas. Não precisava ter a explicação no final.. dumbed down total
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
most recent update - Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:02 PM EST
The letterboxd crew has unveiled a new feature that…