Classic of the Week: Psycho (1960)

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Psycho is a 1960 psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam. It is based off the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The story is about an encounter between secretary that ends up at a lonely motel after stealing money from her boss and the motel’s owner and manager and its aftermath.

A true classic, this film has stood the test of time and still manages to scare people today, just like it did then. This film is scary, twisted, evil and disturbing, but also outstanding. Anthony Perkins makes Norman Bates the motel owner, one of the most famous and most frightening characters in film history and he is the best Norman. Vince Vaughn has nothing on him and Freddie Highmore was good, but not Perkins good.

The famous shower scene is done excellently, causing viewers to feel uneasy. It seems so realistic, that it’s hard to believe it’s not real. Although this scene helped to make this a very controversial film, it is still an eerie work of art. It scares you every time, which is what makes it special.

Everything about this film is extraordinary, light years ahead of its time. It came out when horror films seemed to be mostly murder mysteries and monsters, although Bates himself is a monster. Just the book alone is a bit disturbing, but the film is even more so.

From a fairly crazy woman, to a psychotic guy, to her death and the mystery of who killed her, this film takes you on a crazy ride. It can leave you wanting to leave all your lights on, closing your curtains, locking your doors and sleeping with one eye open. This is a film that you probably shouldn’t watch at night alone. Even after nearly sixty years, this film has never failed to frighten. 18+ 5/5

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