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…
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…
SOME SPOILERS IN CASE YOU'RE ONE OF THE FIVE PEOPLE ON THE PLANET WHO HASN'T SEEN IT OR HEARD OF IT.
Whether or not you think Psycho is his best film, there is no doubt that this would be the pinnacle of Alfred Hitchcock's career. Again, it's not necessarily to do with the quality of the film, but in terms of the notoriety that the film would earn him and its seemingly impenetrable and never-to-diminish place in popular culture, Psycho would not be topped.
In fact, it has rarely been topped by any other film in that department since. It's also a film that somehow does not suffer…
Excelente película para la época en que salió.
just three stars for the shower frame.
i expected more thriller.
It took me until I was 28 to see Hitchcock's Psycho. Because of that, it's hard to write about, because I see it now having seen thousands of other movies, many of which were inspired by this one. It's not a bad thing to catch up on canon films, to be sure, but its hard when a movie is as ubiquitous and over-discussed as Psycho is. Watching it was the most 'cultural vegetables' experience I think I've ever had, which lead to my impressions being skewed in ways they shouldn't have.
I didn't even know there was a plot about missing money. It's the big surprise about Psycho as someone going into it, that the whole Norman Bates plot is…
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
Rear Window being the first, this is the second Hitchcock movie I've seen for the first time.
We've all been through the phase when all we do is watch worthless comedies, sci-fi flicks that are expensive in budget, yet cheap in everything else. You know that you gotta go deeper, you just gotta, but the time is not right, the movies seem too difficult. I mean, how can I call myself a cinema lover if I still don't know what the famous picture of Marion Crane in the bathtub leads to? Well, the day came, I watched Psycho and fell in love with cinema all over again!…
I'd never seen this before. Every time I tried starting my review, I was unsatisfied, so I feel like I might as well get that out of the way. This film is the ultimate film experience, and I'm so glad I got to see it my first time in a theatre. Hitchcock lures you, makes appeals to your senses, and then let's you endure the abandonment of identification.
The film excels in every area:the plot twists, the visuals, the score, hell even the opening credits. The narrative structure feels fresh, even if I had an idea of what was coming.
But an area of the film I never heard much about was the performances. And one in particular blew me…
The only thing I have to say about this movie, apart from the obvious, is this:
If it is such a traumatic experience (for me, at least) today, how could people manage to watch it back in the '60s? That shower scene really, really freaks me out.
"We all go a little mad sometimes." - Norman Bates
Muy adelantada a su época, el título de "Maestro del suspenso" no se toma a la ligera.
Desde la muerte de la protagonista a tan temprana hora, el score que es de lo mas memorable jamás hecho en el cine y sobre todo el twist del final, no hay duda que Hitchcock es uno de los mas grandes genios en la historia del cine.
Anthony Perkins es perfecto, awkward, tierno y sobre todo psycho.
Despite this film's age, it still does a masterful job of keeping the audience on the edges of their seats while building suspense and giving viewers a sense of unease . This uneasy feeling is only amplified with Psycho's classic and timeless musical theme that rings out hen we'ed least expect it. Psycho has earned its well deserved place in movie history as one of cinema's greatest horror films.
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