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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock



The iconic, terrifying, and original Alfred Hitchcock tale of a man and his mother. This is more than just your usual horror movie. Psycho is Hitchcock's vision on murderous real-life killers like Ed Gein or Albert Fish. Or at least his interpretation of the novel. 

The casting was an enormous task for Hitchcock that went was adamant about his choices. Anthony Perkins is fantastic. Norman Bates transformed killers in movies. Hell, it transformed what the public thought of those around them.  could be just about anyone that I could know. The killer wasn't adorned in some fantastic costume. He was just a neighbor kid. He looked perfectly normal. Such a great job of bluffing the viewer, that is unless you are watching this movie already knowing the twist. Then its not much of a surprise.

Psycho follows a young woman that turns up missing after stealing a large amount of cash and disappearing from a out of the way motel. The number one suspect is Norman Bates, a young unsuspecting youth that primarily takes care of the motel and his ailing mother.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a good flick. This is a Hitchcock movie so you know that the acting is superb and the storyline is solid. This is a psychological horror movie that doesn't draw on heavy revolting imagery, but more subtle and creepy scares. High quality and really fun.

"It's not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?"
  • This was Alfred Hitchcock's last feature film in black and white, filmed November 30 1959-March 1 1960. 
  • During filming, this movie was referred to as "Production 9401" or "Wimpy". The latter name came from the second-unit cameraman on the picture Rex Wimpy who appeared on clapboards and production sheets, and some on-the-set stills for Psycho.
  • Alfred Hitchcock produced this film when plans to make a film starring Audrey Hepburn, called "No Bail for the Judge," fell through. 


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