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.
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 -…
Young lady. Going crazy. Steels a large sum of cash. and for it, gets treated like trash. Worry of being caught. So she runs away.
On her journey she finds a motel that seems like a welcome stay. A rather kind and likable fellow, who appears sweet and mellow, runs this place... Which soon she will discover, she can not escape. By the hand of a madman, her life's gone in a flash. And sadly he disposes of her as if she was every day trash. Poor girl!
The felon, disturbed beyond sanity, haunted by mother, had not control over his actions. Cause when mother's up and about she's the main attraction.
So there he sits all alone. No one…
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…
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Even after all these years, when people who've never seen the thing know the shower scene shot by shot, Psycho still packs a punch. Personally I rate it at the very top of the second tier of Hitchcock's work - behind Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest and Strangers on a Train but ahead of an awful lot else. The strong performances from Anthony Perkins (who must've been grown in a lab to play Norman Bates he's so perfect) and Vivien Leigh haven't faded even if some of the shocks have, and the change in direction from noir to proto-slasher is still electrifying.
Una película atemporal y sencillamente genial. Uno de los mayores referentes del cine de suspense del genio Hitchcock.
1960's Psycho Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Me And My Brother Jesse Were Born When This Movie Was 34 Years Old In 1994.
I've seen a few Hitchcock films before, but they've all left me with that "is that all there is to it" feeling like after you lost your virginity. This was like awesome drunk sex after high school graduation. It goes without saying how incredible the shower scene is, but contextually it doesn't overshadow the rest of the film at all. Anthony Perkins is mesmerizing.
For today’s standards the plot isn’t that much of a brainfuck as it was back in 1960, but it’s still pretty solid and very well told.
The real strengths of the movie (by today’s standards) lie in it’s use of music and in it’s remarkable cinematography. Almost every shot is a masterpiece and it’s black and white treatment may be the best I’ve seen so far in a movie.
Somehow, I only managed to realise who the Psycho is when the twist is revealed...
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