• Emmett Foss

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Emmett Foss 15 Apr, 2014

    Better the second time.

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  • senorzhu

    ★★★★ Added by senorzhu

    From the start I noticed that both Psycho and Vertigo are very similar. Although Psycho doesn't begin with the shot of a women's eye and continuing spirals, it does begin with a title sequence lined with a pattern sequences of straight lines. This music playing in the background throughout the title sequence also sort of foreshadowed by the soundtrack. Finally I noticed Saul Bass also was in charge of the title slides in the beginning of the film, therefore just…

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  • MontagJ

    Added by MontagJ

    One regard in which Psycho and Vertigo are similar is their opening credits sequences. Both sequences include extensive use of geometric patterns. Vertigo's opening credits sequence includes spinning spirals of various colors. Since Psycho is a black-and-white film, it is unable to include colored geometric patterns; however, the opening sequence displays many elongated rectangles traveling horizontally and vertically across the screen. These two patterns, while distinct, connect Psycho and Vertigo, standing as a similarity between the two films.
    Another regard…

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  • ZaffyTaffy

    ★★★★½ Added by ZaffyTaffy

    Psycho is very good, though not on the level of Vertigo. There are many similarities that I noticed between the 2 movies. The most obvious one is that both movies end in a crazy plot twist. Both films have music that is easily identifiable and essential to the storytelling and the overall feeling and experience. I noticed a recurrent use of dissolves in both films, which helps make the transitions between scenes very smooth, and makes the movie better to watch as a whole.

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  • Joe Hastings

    ★★★★★ Added by Joe Hastings

    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…

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  • KRDober

    Added by KRDober

    While watching Psycho, certain Hitchcockian themes and similarities to Vertigo became evident.
    Hitchcock uses the cross dissolve between many scenes. He doesn't often use it in cuts in a single scene, even if changing location. I loved the last cross dissolve of the film that looked to be between three different images (Norman, Mother, Car).
    The score of both movies adds greatly to their tense tone. The high pitched, pounding strings create tension in the emotion of the scene, even…

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  • pmaher

    Added by pmaher

    Psycho and Vertigo are very similar films in most areas. The plots of both lead you to very clearly believe one thing, and then around the end of the film completely change what you thought happened. The cinematography also feels very similar. Hitchcock uses the camera to disorient the viewer, like in the shower scene in Psycho, or in one of the scenes in Vertigo where Scottie looks down from a high place. The sound of both movies are very…

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  • Maggie Boucher

    ★★★★★ Added by Maggie Boucher

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • emmajsander

    ★★★★ Added by emmajsander

    Psycho is awesome. It has a lot in common with Hitchcock's other films. The music is one thing that really stood out to me. Like Vertigo has its own particular recognizable music, Psycho has that same high pitched ringing sound is repeated through out the film when the main Marion is being followed or when she is anxious. It also plays when she is murdered in the shower. Also similarly to Hitchcock's Vertigo, eyes are an important detail to pay…

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  • DavidFishman

    ★★★★½ Added by DavidFishman

    So, Psycho and Vertigo have some clear similarities. One is that a vital character dies halfway through the film, leaving the viewer seriously freaked out. The plot and film take a dramatic turn after this.
    Both films focus heavily on identity, and thus reality. Judy loses herself as Madeline and Scottie tries to turn her into his dreamlike vision. Norman Bates loses himself in Psycho as well, albeit in a more sadistic way. The identity theme prevails as the clearest…

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  • hadzarucl

    Watched by hadzarucl 13 Apr, 2014

    After watching Psycho, the third Hitchcock movie this year, his style is becoming ever more clear to me and I'm sure most of my classmates.

    One technical aspect that pervades throughout each film is the use of the eye-line match. Hitchcock uses it constantly in each film to lead the viewer in the right direction and provide varying perspectives from every character.

    Hitchcock also frequently uses dissolves to go from scene to scene. To me, this method makes the film…

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  • Christian Flemm

    ★★★★★ Watched by Christian Flemm 11 Apr, 2014

    Chilling, cold, distant, shocking, brilliant, disgusting. These adjectives only scratch the surface of PSYCHO; another masterpiece from Alfred Hitchcock. The character of Norman Bates is how thrillers (horror movies?) nowadays should be done, as 99% of the market there has consisted of cheap jump scares for the last 10 years.

    That being said, I could watch this film over and over again.

    Also probably the easiest film to spot Hitchcock's cameo in.

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