IMDb Rating: 8,5/10
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
“Psycho” is a movie with a great story. Why? Because in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock made this film with a very great plot. Stretching, plot-twist, gore, legendary shower scene make this film so popular in the era of the years “black and white film”. First of all, I read the novel as my reference material. Although the novel is so stressful, I’m not satisfied with just reading the novel. Then, I tried to watch the movie and boom. This movie will blow your mind. I don’t believe in that year, this kind of movie is very cool in the era especially for those of you who really like classic movies, maybe “Psycho” would be perfect for you guys.
Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam’s California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.
Alfred Hitchcock is the man behind the making of this film. He was awarded the “King of Suspension”. His most famous films such as “Rear Window” (1954), “Stranger on a Train” (1951), “Vertigo” (1958) are some of his most popular films. Alfred is also awarded as “King of Cameo” because every movie he once appeared as a cameo. One of them filmed “Psycho” as well. “Psycho” was a groundbreaking film of that time, both technique and story are great. Alfred Hitchcock uses techniques that are unique and interesting. One of them is the shower scene taken using 77 different camera angles. Although only a few minutes, the scene drains for about a week with 50 cuts. In addition, the scene when Marion’s sister, Lila (Vera Miles) reveals the mystery of her hilarious Marion is the most stressful scene.
Norman Bates is my favorite character played by Anthony Perkins. His very awkward character and frightening cold stares are one of the reasons why I love this character. In addition to Bates, Martin Balsam (Milton Arbogast) is no less cool with Norman Bates. He acts as a private, intimidating detective, and revives his detective character very well. In addition, Janet Leigh was also awarded as the best-supporting-actress at the Golden Globe and Oscar nomination even though she didn’t win.
The film is lifted from a novel by Robert Bloch. First time watching a black-and-white movie like this turned out in that era there is already a plot-twist movie like this. I so shivered with fear and thrill when watching this movie. For those of you who like classic black and white film plot-twist, I recommended this film. Although Psycho is made with several sequels, I have never watched it but I will watch it.