Magic. Pure Magic
Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpeice is considered to be one of the building blocks of horror films, and is said to be the film that started the slasher genre. Most of this is rightfully said, as this film is truely a msterpeice, and nothing else.
To start off, the cast is absolutely perfect, from the film's doomed lead played by Janet Leigh (Jamie Lee Curtis's mother) to the psychotic and troubled Norman Bates, portrayed so realistically and hauntingly by Anthony Perkins, a true master at his profession. Vera Miles is quite convincing, though at times she can be a tad tiresome. The characters, although origionally characters from a book based loosely on Ed Gein, were absolutely fantastic, though the one who truely stands out is Norman Bates.
The sad thing about "Psycho" is that no veiwer who watches it now, more than 48 years after it's release, can truely feel the same magic that completely captivated the origional audience, given the worldwide success of it. For we all know the fate of Marion Craine because of the infamous "Shower Scene", and of course the troubled mind of Norman Bates. However, though no one can truely feel the same magic that this film once possessed, we will all see the true genius and hard work went into making what is now a classic of American Cinema, and we will all realize that even after 48 years, the film still posesses alot of it's glory and magic, and it will make us all realize that we will never truely be blessed with someone quite like Alfred Hitchcock again.