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.
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 -…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
2nd best Hitchcock film I've seen so far (I've seen 3)
Psycho is another classic shown to the film appreciation class. They actually gave it a non-ironic round of applause at the end, which is big for them. And why not? It's well composed, well thought-out. What's not to love? - save the long exposition dump at the end. That just feels kinda lazy.
Psycho is enthralling, mesmerizing, and frightening at all the right moments. Dark, gripping, and masterful. What a great film.
It brought some essential elements for horror movies nowadays. In the other hand, blondies Hitchcock?
Lives up to its rep! Great acting, cinematography, music and production. Hitch was a true master.
Kinda lame how the psychiatrist spells out everything so clearly at the end, though the rest of the film is masterful.
I showed this to someone who hasn't seen it before. This movie still completely works because the shower scene is still shocking. Not because of the graphic content but because of when it takes place in the movie. Structurally this is still as wickedly confusing to audiences now as it was in 1960.
*Note obviously the penultimate scene is sadly really unnecessary. The rest is a perfect film.
The greatest mummy issues of all time.
Moved rating down. Why is the acting so painfully terrible. What is this script. Kill me and Hitchcock
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