Psycho is a classic that you must see if you haven’t gotten around to it yet. If the ending hasn’t been ruined for you by someone’s big mouth, it will be sure to blow your mind.
This film was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be. I expected Psycho to be mildly outdated and cheesy, but it wasn’t at all. I am the type of person that laughs at horror films to the point that they may as well be relabeled “comedy.” I have never been able to take them seriously because the characters are usually so obliviously typical and downright idiotic. Psycho is a completely different story, and left me with no material to laugh at. For the first time in my horror movie watching history, I was utterly absorbed.
Psycho is a film filled with darkness, confusion, suspense and some of the best cinematography the world has ever seen. This film was definitely ahead of it’s time. When you are watching it, you are likely to forget that it was made fifty years ago, because it is so engrossing. Alfred Hitchcock exhibits a mastery of light, shadow and sound in order to express and amplify what is going in within the plot. This film is also rich in layers of symbolism and foreshadowing that you can’t miss if you watch carefully.
And, I’m not gonna lie, I have a huge crush on Norman Bates, and would be willing to watch it a third time just to see that cutie again. But that is besides the point. The point is that Psycho is, hands down, a theatrical masterpiece and is undoubtedly deserving of it’s place in American pop culture!
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Psycho is a 1960 American suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film is based on the screenplay by Joseph Stefano, who adapted it from the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The novel was based on the crimes of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein.
The film depicts the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who is in hiding at a motel after embezzling from her employer, and the motel's owner, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), and the aftermath of their encounter.
Psycho initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted a re-review which was overwhelmingly positive and led to four Academy Award nominations. Psycho is now considered one of Hitchcock's best films and is highly praised as a work of cinematic art by international critics. The film spawned two sequels, a prequel, a remake, and an unsuccessful television spin-off.