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Psycho (1960)

We all go a little crazy sometimes

Directed by:

Alejandro Agresti

Alfred Hitchcock

Bradley Raymond

Jess Franco

Jess Franco

Pedro Almodóvar

Takeshi Kitano

Rating: 10/10

Running Time: 109 minutes

UK Certificate: 15

Country: Argentina, Switzerland, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, United States, United States, United States

‘Psycho’ is the original great horror movie. It’s the ultimate spine-tingler, the definitive creep-show, the perfect chiller. But it’s also much more than that: ‘Psycho’ is the reason why people these days always lock the bathroom door when taking a shower. Well, that and fear of having someone walk in and see our botties, that is.

Anthony Perkins takes a career-defining role as motel-owning loner Norman Bates. His hobbies are taxidermy, talking incessantly about his dear old mum, and knifing visitors to death. Clearly he’s quite a catch, but there’s little chance of romance on the cards when he treats his latest visitor – Janet Leigh as cash-embezzling Marion Crane – to the stabby-stabby treatment.

Unfortunately for our Norm, things start to escalate out of control when Marion’s friends and family – as is probably to be expected – become a little worried and decide to hire a private investigator (Martin Balsam) to find out what the devil happened to her. It’s a good job there’s plenty of room in that swamp at the back of the motel.

From master of mystery Alfred Hitchcock, ‘Psycho’ is the sort of film that’s simply impossible to forget about. Of course we all know the plot’s big revelation by now, but it’s only as well-known as it is because it’s so heavily cemented in the top handful of all-time great twists (perhaps matched only by Darth Vader’s whole “I am your father” spiel in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and Chucky Heston slumping on the beach in ‘Planet of the Apes’). What’s interesting upon watching it today is that, even knowing exactly what’s going to happen, the film has lost little of its effect.

This isn’t a gory film, and what few instances of violence take place with relatively little actual on-screen violence. In fact, it contains just three big shocks, with the rest of the 110-minute running time devoted to setting scenes, building suspense and playing with our minds. But those three shocks comfortably better practically anything from the modern day canon of horror fair – Hitchcock sees to that nicely.

It's Got: Proof that crime doesn’t pay.

It Needs: A nice new dress – and perhaps some moisturiser – for dear old mumsie.

DVD Extras Production notes, cast and director filmographies, and a trailer (featuring “the fabulous Alfred Hitchcock” mumbling his way around what looks like “a quiet little motel”). DVD Extras Rating: 3/10

Alternatives:

99 Women, Amelie, any of the 26 previous Zatoichi films., Barbed Wire Dolls, Blind Fury, DareDevil, Dark Habits, Good bye, Lenin!, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheikhs, Hellhole Women, Ilsa, Ilsa, The Wicked Warden, Island Women, Kolya, Léolo, Love Camp, My Life as a Dog, Psycho (1998 remake), Psycho II, Psycho III, Sadomania, Salo - 120 Days of Sodom, Salo: 120 Days of Sodom, She-Wolf of the SS, Shock Corridor, Sleepers, The Butchers Boy, The Lion King, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Seven Samurai, the Tigress of Siberia, Women in Cellblock 9

Summary

Whatever will mother say?

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20 Comments

  1. Chris Hoglund
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    That’s so gay chad.

  2. kieran whincop
    Posted November 12, 2009 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    it is the biggest piece of shit iv ever seen

  3. kieran whincop
    Posted November 12, 2009 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    it is the biggest piece of shit

  4. Posted November 22, 2009 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    thanks 4 this film

  5. Julia
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    It wasnt THAT bad. It explained a lot of things.

  6. Julia
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    My rating is 6/10

  7. Posted August 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    my comment in alfred hitchcock mosthorrfying
    movies is the psycho this movies poresent a women name marion crane what stolen almost fourthy thousand in her own employeen at the since in the movies she travel in the road with her car and the stoleng money at the end of the road she stop and rest for a whiles when a cops walks froms her she scar and suddenly she explain anything about her sleepness whiles she driving her car but the cops never belives her at the sinces she continues explain to the cops and her drives at the moment she driving at the road and the cop fallows her at the last stop of the road she knewthing that she what wrongs turn at she step out and drive at batesmotels norman bates a psychotic man killer who kill her mother and discovery he mysterious past that whay she met marion crane like her mother she very attractive that why at the sinces marion cranes when back at the room and take a shower suddenly a mysterious enter to the room marion cranes and when to the bathroom and attack her kills slowy until marion crane never breed and suddenly she died at the hand of norman bates motherat the end horrofying sinces the police discover that norman and her mother is also norman that why this horror movie is the most terrfying and most scary movies i ever watch this is alfred hitchock masterpieces of horror since 1960 nominates at the oscar award.

  8. Claudia mills
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    ummm the movie Psyco was a bit scary but i could tell it was fak but not many people in my liked it they thought it was such a bad movie

  9. Nadia Rana
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    pyshco is the best 1960 film have ever seen and would watch it again

  10. Posted October 8, 2010 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    witch is better psycho or avatar

  11. Sarina Smoothiiee
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Kay, you guys have to cut poor Mr.Hitchcock some slack. In the 60’s movies were not allowed to show people having affairs, they weren’t allowed to show women in anything shorter than ankle skirts, let alone underwear or being in the shower, toilets were not allowed to be shown, and “blood” and “gore” was not allowed to be present. Alfred certainly broke all of thses rules. This is the first horror movie ever. If it weren’t for the movie “Psyco”, Paranormal Activity 2 would not be out in theatres today. So cut the big guy some slack.

  12. Shashimadhu
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Its eccentric in movieland

  13. Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    diss is sickk bludd and whatttt

  14. charlotte waller
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    diss is sickk bludd and whatt yee bwoiii

  15. charlotte waller
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    taylorr hood is derr amazing lallalalaaa

  16. charlotte waller
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    baree*
    yee mhann baree scary ilm init i got curry pants! massive probnleme :p

  17. Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    ah man bare good film , was bare scared innit.
    gonna run my mouth about this one!

    (charlotte waller my babe)

  18. Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    HALLMEAD SCHOOL AND WOT

    ESSEX.

    LOVE CHARR AND TAYYYY

  19. Posted April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    this film is actually amazing oh my god:|

    love taylor and alix and gay tom:)

  20. Posted January 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    the dude(hitchcock) is dope, even in the 21st cent he still manage to get me hiring all the sequel of ‘psycho’!!! of course, F.O.C…

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