All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
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 -…
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Though in most cases Rear Window would be my favourite film from the Master of Suspense, but there are those isolated days where I really think about the director's work and when Psycho appears comes to mind, I cannot help but grin and show great admiration. Psycho came out on the heels of North By Northwest's success, taking on a material that is much darker than anything that the filmmaker has ever ventured. Psycho and Vertigo, and maybe Spellbound, could go hand in hand with one another as they cover psychological territories that ultimately define their characters; but each…
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.
Marion Crane: Wouldn't it be better if you put her... some place...?
Norman Bates: People always call a madhouse "someplace", don't they? "Put her in someplace!"
Marion Crane: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to sound so uncaring.
Norman Bates: What do you know about caring? Have you ever seen the inside of one of those places? The laughing, and the tears, and those cruel eyes studying you? My mother THERE?
I think this is my 10th rewatch of this movie.... Of course, this was the first Alfred hitchcock movie i saw.... It was a masterpiece.... So many psycho movies got inspired from this one... Hitchcock surely had every scenes, every angle and every cut in his mind and executed well beyond description... The shower scene was one hell of an example....
i'll openly admit my watching and knowledge of films before the 80's isn't great so i'm trying to rectify that.
but why haven't i done this sooner.
"it's not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. she just goes a little mad sometimes. we all go a little mad sometimes. haven't you ?"
Though was was scary in 1960 isn't so much today, this classic horror film is suspenseful nonetheless.
A secretary steals from her employer, goes on the run and meets her fate at a remote motel.
After rewatching Psycho, I have to say that I enjoyed it quite a bit more than I had in the past. While not my favorite, I can definitely appreciate how ahead of the curve Psycho really was.
That being said, one opinion I still retain from my earlier viewings is that I think the ending with the Psychiatrist is unnecessary, as the man just kind of regurgitates what is already known at that point in the film.
So, in short, I do have a new-found respect for the film, and realize how groundbreaking it was, but I still can't help but say it's overrated to a degree.
For it's time, this film was pretty good.
I think there's one thing preventing Psycho form being truly great, and its the horrendous amount of needless exposition tacked onto the ending by the psychiatrist. If it weren't for that, I can't see any glaring flaws with this film.
Patrons of Letterboxd, I am going to ask a question to you all: I have seen hundreds of movies, have seen years and years of obvious references to Psycho and the musical sting of the shower scene and the big spoiler which I won't reveal here has been alluded to via cultural osmosis. How is it that I watched this movie for my first time, and was completely enthralled, disturbed and amazed by something that is over 40 years my senior being more effective than anything out now?
I wasn't expecting too much from Psycho, except that I was in for a shock. I guess once I got into the world, realized the stakes and concerns within the movie, did…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
To Mr. Alfred Hitchcock, Master of Suspense,
I am completely speechless right now! How do you do it? How were you able to take the ridiculous censorships of the Hay's Code and figure out ways to bend them? First, you bended the whole 3-second kissing rule into a notorious romantic escapade in your intriguing film Notorious, then you took a taboo subject as peeping toms and made one of the most entertaining films of the 1950's, and then... well, you know what you did in Vertigo, the film that shamelessly flopped on original release before finally becoming a classic four decades later. And finally, we arrive at your magnum opus. The film where you officially changed the boundaries of American…
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