Monday, May 11, 2009

Psycho (1960)

5 / 5
Tagline: A new and altogether different screen excitement!!!
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Robert Bloch, Joseph Stefano
Actors include: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 109 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

So here we are at one of the cornerstones of horror history. Surely you know the story, a young secretary has a huge bank deposit to make for her job, but instead she methodically packs a bag and takes off. Well afraid of being busted by the law she checks in at the Bates Motel which of course spells danger! At first she seems rather taken with hotel manager Norman who makes her a nice sandwich and discusses his taxidermy hobby with her. Then of course you know what happens, but the story doesn't end there! See the secretary's sister and her boyfriend come looking for her after the private detective they sent out doesn't return from the Bates motel. It's a rather intense and disturbing picture, and of course the twist (if you don't already know it) would have been quite the surprise. It's just a shame that by the time I saw this movie even for the first time I knew exactly what was going to happen. Still it's beautiful made, it's really original and it's actually quite creepy so well done Psycho...but I don't think it's quite as amazing as some will say.

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