Todd Russell’s review published on Letterboxd:
The movie with the infamous shower scene! This is quite easily one of the best black and white psychological horror films ever made. It holds up well in 2019, almost 60 years later. The suspense, the cinematography, the fact that it is pure Alfred Hitchcock genius with an amazing performance by Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.
The story is very loosely based on the novel by Robert Bloch which is somewhat based on the real life serial killer Ed Gein. What makes this movie so successful is the way it is told, the utter grasp on viewer tension, that you can't help being twisted and shocked and surprised. Hitchcock did this movie for less than a million dollars. This is also considered the origin for the slasher film. Highly recommended.