Overall Rank: 31
Average Rating: 3.3/4
# of Ratings: 1101
Theatrical Release Date: 03/08/1960
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 10/07/2008
Genre: Horror, Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John McIntire, Frank Albertson, John Anderson
Plot: A woman goes missing after stealing money from her boss?s client. The last place she was seen was at the Bates motel, run by a young, intriguing man.
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 02/23/2013
This may be Hitchcock's best film, but it is certainly one of his most complete and iconic. Pulling no punches, Hitchcock crafts a dark and graphic macabre tale of murder and insanity that is completely tense throughout. The black and white photography gives the film an aged feeling, which adds to the overall feeling of decay and foreboding. Anthony Perkins also creates one of the most infamous and fearsome movie villains in Norman Bates.
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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/21/2018
The hidden beauty of the controversial horror genre has a great advantage. It can symbolize the deepest human fears, including delusion and paranoia, through a monstrous entity or creation. It can bring to the screen terrifying stories of serial killers for the pure fun of scaring audiences. It can visually release supernatural phenomena, extracting most of the shock value from the inexplicableness of the events depicted. In the case of Psycho, the film does not belong to any of the mainstream horror categories. Alfred Hitchcock, the absolute and definitive master of suspense, is the mastermind behind the camera. Interestingly enough, Psycho is strictly his first horror film. The main reason that explains this absolute masterpiece not being in any of the most popularized and mainly lame …
memento_mori - wrote on 08/07/2013
Who doesn't love Psycho?
It's famous for being a controversial directorial change. It was pretty much a taboo for a director of Hitchcock's level to attempt a horror movie at that time, but I'm glad it paid off tremendously.
I don't know where to begin.
It has been documented that this film's making encountered heaps of problems. Scenes were cut, limitations were large and the anticipation was minimal. It was basically frowned upon by all movie goers at that time. But it worked. Everyone loved it. And that's why it's so brilliant.
I call this strictly a masterpiece, because the way it came together in the end makes me so happy. If anything were different, if another scene was to be added, it wouldn't be the same. That's why it's a masterpiece.
What no one ever talks about is the …
stephskie67 - wrote on 04/13/2013
A brilliant film and a classic that has most definitely stood the test of time. It was enjoyable watching a black and white movie and then suddenly realising you didn't notice anyway. Even the actor's clothes didn't seem particularly dated - apart from those bras of Lila Crane (Vera Mills) - but hell, Madonna was wearing those things only a few years ago. What I love about Psycho (and a lot of the older thrillers/slashers) is that it manages to invoke fear and intrepidation without gallons of blood spurting around the room, bones being sawed with grizzly sound effects, close ups of heads exploding etc. Having said this, Psycho did set a new bar for 'violence' and 'sexuality' in movies (apparently Hitchcock had quite a time persuading the studio to let him make the movie). The …
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