Psycho is a 1960 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Janet Leigh. The screenplay is by Joseph Stefano, based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch loosely inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin murderer and grave robber Ed Gein.
The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after embezzling money from her employer, and the motel's disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates (Perkins), and its aftermath. When originally made, the film was seen as a departure from Hitchcock's previous film North by Northwest, having been filmed on a low budget, with a television crew and in black and white. Psycho initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted reconsideration which led to overwhelming critical acclaim and four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Leigh and Best Director for Hitchcock.
It is now considered one of Hitchcock's best films and praised as a work of cinematic art by international film critics and film scholars. Ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre. After Hitchcock's death in 1980, Universal Studios began producing follow-ups: three sequels, a remake, a television film spin-off, and a TV series.
I recently got this film "Psycho" on Blu-ray and forgot how much I enjoyed it, the creepy innocent monster.. you know the story I am sure. I thought about all the sexual tension between the characters, thinking if that were gone what you might be left with? Would have been the same film, just a guy killing strangers in the hotel "Bates", would we still be talking about this today... Yes, Hitchcock was a master at seeing the evil in the innocent eyes of the actors. If you are wondering where Norman is, look behind the counter as he gets your key ready for you stay, enjoy the night!
very well written and "Fun Read" of this classic...ReplyDelete
in which dimension is Alfie sexy? :))ReplyDelete
Hitchcock was a master at letting your imagination do the job.ReplyDelete
I did the film Psycho for one of the latest blogfest, A great subject to write and I so enjoyed your post about the said film.ReplyDelete
The movie is one of those rare classics that hold up decades later with no reediting. That's why the Vince Vaughn remake was so pointless.ReplyDelete
I was scared to be in the shower for a long time after I saw this movie.ReplyDelete
Love this film! Love! Hitchcock could not get the backing so he had to use his TV crew and do it in black and white. I know Janet Leigh never took a shower after making this film. I was loving all the references to birds since Hitchcock had a thing for them. Marion "Crane". Norman "stuffs" birds which lurk over his shoulder. The sexual tension is rife. I also love how we become the voyeur when Norman peeks into her room while she is getting ready for the shower.ReplyDelete
Your art is fabulous, Jeremy. Because of Psycho, I called a creepy character in my book, "Norman." But there isn't a shower scene, thankfully. Actually, I've always been too scared to see the movie. I did see the house they used for the movie - at Universal Studios in Southern California. That was scary enough for me.ReplyDelete
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