Psycho (1960)


psycho“I think I must have one of those faces you can’t help believing.” – Norman Bates

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After stealing a large sum of money from her boss, a woman stops at a motel and meets the owner who lives there alone with his mother.

My Take on it – I can’t believe that it has really taken me this long to finally see this film.

Being a movie lover who isn’t a fan of horror, I stayed away from this one and only now decided to check it out because my good blogger friend Alex suggested I finally watch it.

Unfortunately, the fact that this film, its plot and even its secrets are all part of our pop culture, I can’t say that I was surprised by much since I knew what was more or less gonna happen almost the whole way thru.

I think that if someone doesn’t know the ending, they will enjoy the way it’s done even more.

Anthony Perkins was a great choice for the actor to play Norman Bates, because he just as easily can be creepy as he can be seen as a boy scout.

The way that Hitchcock laid out this story was great and the whodunit really is expertly done the entire way thru.

He successfully leaves us enough breadcrumbs along the way but doesn’t reveal anything that he wants to keep a secret from us.

I really can’t say that much of this felt scary (even the shower scene), but again, it’s probably because I already knew what was gonna happen.

In the end, I would classify it as a horror/thriller/mystery with more leverage on the thriller side of it all.

This is one of Hitchcock’s best films and that is probably quite hard to debate.

That being said, it’s not my favorite of his films, but in my book, it’s extremely hard to top Lifeboat (1944)

Bottom Line – Can’t believe it took so long for me to finally see this film. Perkins is perfectly creepy as Bates, but knowing the ending hurts this one a bit. Thoroughly enjoyed the whodunit throughout and the clues left for us along the way like breadcrumbs.  Can’t say this was scary, but definitely thrilling the whole way through.  One of Hitchcock’s best for sure. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – First American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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10 thoughts on “Psycho (1960)

  1. Can’t believe you’d never seen Psycho! I agree it’s one of Hitchcock’s best and probably my favorite of those I’ve seen (including Lifeboat, sorry). Really surprised it didn’t win any Oscars.

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