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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…
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…
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 -…
Psycho is such an important film to me on so many levels. It laid the groundwork for what would later become known as the "slasher" movie, it proved that no character in a horror movie is ever safe, not even one played by the headlining star, and it's also my fave Hitchcock flick. We all go a little mad sometimes? Hell, I go a lot mad all the time.
It's more comic than it is terrifying. By the way, I have read quite a number of reviews that attempt to evoke the "unhappiness" inherent in Marion character. Myself with a tendency to identify with female characters (especially sad ones), I'm sad to say that I didn't feel much. Treating angst with a heavily comic streak like this, Psycho proves to better inspire talk around a coffee table than staying within the soul of the viewers.
1960's Psycho Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because Me And My Brother Jesse Were Born This Movie Was 34 Years Old In 1994.
For a film to hold up so well almost fifty five years after it was made is incredible. Psycho is creepy, unnerving, unpredictable, and far ahead of its time.
One would assume a film of this calibre is in danger of being overrated. Or perhaps outdated. "Psycho", however, is none of these things. "What is it, then?" you might clamour over your little keyboards to ask me. Well f*** you. You should know what it is. Haven't you seen "Psycho" yet? Who the hell needs to read a review of "Psycho"??? It is so ingrained into the collective public consciousness that writing a review would be an exercise in futility. You've heard about the shower scene. Let me tell you, I was expecting it to be so talked up it would disappoint me. It did not disappoint.
And don't worry. I was lying -- you actually have a very big keyboard.
Psycho is a horror classic. One classic that has taken me far too long to see. I have seen parts of the film in various different TV specials over the years so certain scenes of the film are not as shocking to me. The film revolves around a young woman that is in love with an out of town gentlemen. They can't be together due to money problems. One day a rich client enters the office she works in, and she is put in charge of $40,000. Instead of taking it to the bank she goes on the run with the money. She ends up at a motel in the middle of no where, and her problems really start.
Hitchcock's finest. See this film.
"A boy's best friend is his mother."
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