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.
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.
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…
Breaking all previously established conventions of Hollywood cinema and cinematographically styled as an unsettling exploitation thriller, Psycho, one of the greatest films ever made, is a freudian descent into the darkest recesses of the human psyche, inspiring the most unforgettable terror in audiences for the past fifty years. No man or woman could have foreseen this unexpected direction of Hitchcock's career, especially after the lighthearted thrills of North by Northwest. Though the grisly shower scene murder is the film's most iconic, it is only the beginning of Hitchcock's multilayered nightmare, where the sins of the past haunt the present and death signifies not redemption, but eternal damnation. Clawing its way into the most repressed fears and desires of the audience…
A little B-movie shocker made on a small budget in black and white with a cast of good actors but no major stars the sort of thing they used to use to fill up double features, at least that's what it should be except for one thing, it just so happens to have the pre-eminent director in Hollywood at the time at the helm, which of course turns this little B-movie (made for less than a million dollars) into one of the undeniable masterpieces of cinema. The problem going into Psycho for the first time, if you are anything of a cinephile at all, is that it's just too well known, too many scenes have been anthologised too often, it's…
Hitchcock schaffte damals etwas das heute vermutlich kaum ein Filmemacher zu Stande bringen würde. Eine unfassbar dichte Atmosphäre, die den Zuschauer keine Sekunde lang loslässt. Unbehagen, Kälte, das Gefühl das etwas nicht stimmt. Das schafft er allein mit gekonntem Erzählstil und einem einmaligen Spiel mit Licht und Schatten. Atemberaubend mysteriös und sagenhaft stimmungsvoll. Und das ohne ekelhaft oder erschreckend zu sein. Diesen Film zu sehen ist ein außerordentlich befreiendes Gefühl. Toll toll toll.
Does this film need a review,didn't think so. You know how great Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece is.And if you've never seen it Shame on You!! Now stop reading this and watch one of the greatest horror films ever made.
"It wasn't a message that stirred the audiences, nor was it a great performance...they were aroused by pure film."
So Alfred Hitchcock told Francois Truffaut about "Psycho," adding that it "belongs to filmmakers, to you and me." Hitchcock deliberately wanted "Psycho" to look like a cheap exploitation film. He shot it not with his usual expensive feature crew (which had just finished "North by Northwest") but with the crew he used for his television show. He filmed in black and white. Long passages contained no dialogue. His budget, $800,000, was cheap even by 1960 standards; the Bates Motel and mansion were built on the back lot at Universal. In its visceral feel, "Psycho" has more in common with noir quickies…
Fifty+ years later the chills and suspense of Psycho are still effective, thanks to Alfred Hitchcock's masterful direction. The performances are wonderful, especially Anthony Perkin's hypnotizing portrayal of Norman Bates. The first thirty minutes may be uninteresting to some, but it welcomely explains the chain of events that lead Marion Crane to the Bates Motel. Who can forget the classic score? This is an influential cinematic landmark far ahead of its time with sharp, detailed dialogue, good cinematography and an amazing character study. Psycho is the mother of slasher cinema, a true masterwork.
This one of my least favorite Masterpiece. I am not saying I don't like this movie but it is way down on my Masterpiece list.
I don't know how many times I have watched this movie. I have lost count now. Even after watching this movie so many times, I pick some new things every time.
Hitchcock has developed this movie very interestingly, no doubt about that. I always like how he takes time time to build up the characters. Because in nowadays movies they don't really try to build a character.
Some great things about this movie I would like to point out,
-You see how Janet is driving the car and the dialogues are going in the background…
Canvis de protagonista a mitja pel·lícula, girs de guió absolutament magistrals i dignes dels giallos més pertorbadors i insans, personatges desdoblats que no hi són en realitat més enllà de canvis de perspectiva, una banda sonora malaltíssa i exquisitament intervencionista, un aspecte clàssic que contrasta meravellosament amb una editació directe i contundent...
Això és psycho, la pel·lícula que posterioment hem vist mil vegades i que maquillades amb quatre característiques vanguardistes, o estèticament modernes, ens hem volgut creure com a una nova i transgressora tendència.
Llàstima que Hitchcock ja ens ho havia avançat tot junt fa més de 50 anys.
“Creo que estamos atrapados en una trampa invisible de la que nadie puede escapar, rasguñamos y arañamos solo el vacío".
Psycho es el claro ejemplo de que si quieres que algo salga bien, hazlo tú mismo. Hitchcock se encarga de cada aspecto directivo para entregarnos un asesinato exquisito; una historia turbia, confusa y muy densa.
Anthony Perkins se oculta en la piel Norman Bates, uno de los personajes más perturbadores y misteriosos de la historia del cine. Una interpretación que deja queriendo saber más sobre este ser aún después de terminada la cinta. Las actuaciones en general fueron bastante buenas.
El soundtrack compuesto por Bernard Herrmann es de los más icónicos del séptimo arte, aún en nuestros días es sinónimo…
Better the second time.
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