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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.
|Studio :||Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Shamley Productions,|
|Crew :||Art Direction, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Martin Balsam Alfred Hitchcock Vaughn Taylor Anthony Perkins Janet Leigh|
|Genre :||Drama Horror Thriller|
Not such o good movie.
Good movie, but best of all time? Hardly . . .
Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
Get over the concept that Hitchcock chose to film this in black and white! "Psycho" was made as a bet with Hitch's agent, Lew Wasserman, after both read an article in Variety that pointed out that an upstart company, American-International, was packing them into drive-in theaters to see low-budget horror films directed by Roger Corman. Hitch claimed he could make a better film than AIP for less money than they spent on a film, and Wasserman took him up on the bet. "Psycho" was made for $80,000 using Hitch's television crew instead of his usual cinematic crew. Hitch was always fussy about his leading ladies, and he selected Janet Leigh for the role of Marion Crane, who agreed to play the role for half her usual salary. Anthony Perkins however, as Norman Bates, is the central character of the film, and while his interaction with Marion is minimal, he will forever be remembered for his performance here. Vera Miles, one of Hitchcock's favorite actresses, plays Marion's sister Lila, creating tension over her concern for her sister's well-being. Of Hitchcock's total body of works, "Psycho" is the film that stands out in most fan's minds as his greatest. Everyone involved here did their absolute best, and the results are obvious on the screen. The only flaw in the film is the distortion heard in Bernard Hermann's music score. The score exists by itself without the film and is available on LaserDisc, LP and CD, however it's distorted on every medium. Hermann re-recorded the score as a suite for a 1969 Decca/London Phase 4 stereo vinyl release called "Music from the Great Movie Thrillers." The LP has been reissued on CD as "Great Hitchcock Movie Thrillers" and lacks the distortion of the mono recording in the film. SPOILER: Of note to trivia fans is that the sound effect of the knife used in the famous shower scene was created by using a Cassaba melon, and in no shot of the rapid 45 pieces of film fired at the viewers does a knife penetrate Marion Crane on-camera, and the effect of the blood running down the drain is actually Bosco chocolate syrup.
A-Z Horror Movie of the Day..."Psycho" (R - 1960 - US)Sub-Genre: Slasher/Thriller My Score: 8.3Cast=7 Acting=10 Plot=8 Ending=10 Story=9 Scare=7 Jump=6 F/X=7 Intense=9 Twist=10A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. "I think I must have one of those faces you can't help believing." This was where Alfred Hitchcock to the line you could not cross in censorship and buried it behind the Bates Motel. Considering the movie is almost 60 years old, it can still hold up with its intensity and terror. If you haven't seen this, then you must have gone a little mad...we all go a little mad sometimes. This is a must see for any horror movie fan!!
"Psycho" is a true classic, which I doubt anyone would really argue against.It has a good story and an equally great presentation of the storyline on the screen.The movie has a good cast to perform the various roles and characters throughout the movie. And I will say that Anthony Perkins is just amazing in the role of Norman Bates, and he alone truly made Norman Bates immortal."Psycho" is adequately paced, because director Alfred Hitchcock truly was good at building up suspense and letting scenes lead up to interesting climaxes.While "Psycho" is not your average slasher movie with high body counts and gore in abundance, it has the right amount of suspense and thrills to make a proper movie. If you haven't already seen this classic horror movie, then you definitely should take the time to do so.
Often referred to as the most famous and influential horror film of all time, Psycho broke down all barriers of comfort and escape when going to the pictures. With people fainting and screaming uncontrollably in their seats at the time of release, the film is still as unsettling and nerve-wrecking as it was 50 years ago, and has cemented Alfred Hitchcock as the true master of suspense.Adapted from the significantly less successful novel from Robert Bloch, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is a young attractive woman who has stolen $40,000 from the bank where she works, in order to runaway with her already-married lover. After driving all night in pouring rain, she stops at the Bates motel off the freeway for a night-in, and meets the nervous, bumbling Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) who is quite taken with her upon first sight. In one of the most staggering sequences in film history, she is stabbed to death while taking a shower, and as she is reported missing and people begin looking for her, the truth of Norman Bates and his 'motel' will be revealed.Never before had the main character been brutally murdered only halfway through - let alone an attractive leading lady - and never before had such a brutal antagonist been so normal, relatable and above all, human. Beautifully shot in black and white and carried by an unforgettable score from the late Bernard Herrmann, Hitchcock in all his genius draws us in with a twisted concoction of sex, murder and madness, never letting us forget even to this day that real horror may be right around the corner. All the performances are top-notch, particularly that of Perkins who as cinema's most unlikely serial killer stumbles through the film with every breath of confidence stripped from him by his overbearing invalid mother.