• Ben Rasmin

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Ben Rasmin 28 Mar, 2015

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

    This masterful film from cinema's greatest mind played a crucial role in legitimizing the horror genre and challenging audience's preconceptions of antagonists, presenting us with an extremely challenging foe that evokes as much sympathy as he does scorn. Normal Bates' oedipus complex dilutes the context of his heinous crimes and forced viewers of Psycho, perhaps for the first time in cinematic history, to consider the psychology lying beneath the crime presented to them. An incredibly bold move from Alfred Hitchcock,…


  • Keelee von Cupcake

    ★★★★ Watched by Keelee von Cupcake 14 Sep, 2009

    For my third instant film experience with my new Netflix account I at last decided to veer away from what I would come to think of as "Netflix movies" and check out a true classic, Psycho. It wasn't until the shocking climax that I really developed true admiration for it, but wow, that final monologue and haunting visage will stay with me for the rest of my life.


  • CigarsOnMars

    ★★★★ Watched by CigarsOnMars 26 Mar, 2015

    Direction: ★★★★★
    Acting: ★★★★
    Writing: ★★★★
    Story: ★★★½
    Editing: ★★★★
    Visuals: ★★★½
    Sound: ★★★
    Entertainment: ★★★½
    Overall Rating: ★★★★


  • The Complete Stranger Cometh

    Added by The Complete Stranger Cometh

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

    So I was cleaning out my Movie collection when I saw this piece of shit flick. Don't know how it got there. Now this is where I would joke that the leads daughter would get stalked by some guy in a reverse William Shatner mask However I decided against.
    I however want to say that while that joke is funny in my mind, my actually mind (the stranger behind stranger) I decided to get real (ish)

    I am not really…


  • Kyle Pletcher

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Kyle Pletcher 18 Mar, 2015

    Alfred Hitchcock’s
    Make ‘Em Watch

    ”We all go a little mad sometimes.”
    —Norman Bates(?)

    “BATES MOTEL” screams the lurid neon sign outside the low-rise lodge that has clearly seen better days, an eye-catching invitation to partake in all manner of anonymously sinful activities—when said sign’s “on” switch is activated, anyway. Contrasting this is the buoyantly off-kilter interactions with the lone proprietor of the motor inn, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins); solely responsible for flicking the aforementioned switch. As dubious as…


  • MichaelAllar17

    Rewatched by MichaelAllar17 18 Mar, 2015

    Psycho (dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1960)

    From the opening note of the soundtrack as the credits start to roll, Psycho kicks off what can still be considered Alfred Hitchcock’s finest work. Saul Bass designed a brilliant opening sequence with lines that foreshadow a dynamic of two opposite forces that go throughout this film. It could be good versus evil if there is even such a distinction within a Hitchcock film. Or it could be a visual insight into the deranged killer…


  • Luke Van Brandenburg

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Luke Van Brandenburg 18 Mar, 2015

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

    One of the most celebrated horror/suspense films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is deserving of any and all praise it receives. It is a near perfect film, with its epic twist ending (although spoiled over time because of its popularity) and its constant suspense (which manages to get under your skin even in a second or third viewing). Hitchcock pulls out all the stops, toying with the expectations of the audience, especially by killing off Marion Crane (Janet Leigh)…


  • David Jagdeo

    ★★★★½ Watched by David Jagdeo 18 Mar, 2015

    If you believe there’s nothing left to write about Hitchcock’s Psycho, then hopefully you’ll settle for a 21st-century millennial’s perspective.

    Psycho is important to me personally, primarily because of the impression it made on the horror landscape. Films like Halloween (Carpenter, 1978)- which would incorporate certain motifs and ideas from the 1960 classic- serve as the foundation for an entire lineage of slasher films; a subgenre which I hold incredibly dear.

    We’re all aware of the many incredible contextual elements…


  • Stephanie Natoli

    Rewatched by Stephanie Natoli 18 Mar, 2015

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

    Like mother, like son. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) seems like a pretty normal guy. He is the only employee at Bates Motel and doesn’t mind that. When Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) decides to steal the wad of cash her boss trusts her with so that she could live happily with her boyfriend Sam Loomis (John Gavin) she ends up at Bates Motel. Here she meets the charming Norman Bates. He has a childlike innocence to him but there’s something off.…


  • Joe Leib

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Joe Leib 18 Mar, 2015

    A peephole in the wall. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) watches Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) undress; we watch Norman watching. He’s the classic Peeping Tom; he’s getting his kicks by watching through the wall, and we’re getting ours watching him. Norman is transfixed by the female form, his eyes locked dead on Marion’s body. We sit, our eyes holding a similar gaze. Such is the act of watching a Hitchcock film, inherently voyeuristic in nature and cinematically masterful. Hitchcock subtly manipulates…


  • Daniel Dickerman

    Added by Daniel Dickerman

    When it comes to my potentially viewing a horror film, I am usually uninterested. Horror is a genre that I don’t really view as legitimate. Why should I sit in a theater and wait to be made frightened? With the exception of a few that I’ve seen, most are rife with shock value, and I don’t care much for blood end gore effects (save the Hostel franchise). That’s not what I go to a movie to see. Anyone reading this…


  • Kathleen

    ★★★★½ Watched by Kathleen 18 Mar, 2015

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

    It has been fifty-five years since the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller Psycho, which changed the rules of cinema and horror. It has taken me about seven years since my interest in cinema heightened to watch the infamous film and the pure excitement and thrill that I should have felt during the film, vanished along with the Hitchcock clips, references, lectures that filled all of my cinema classes. Being able to see the first-run showing of this film sounds…