Welcome to my Scary-tober event, where I will be taking a look at and reviewing horror movies leading up to Halloween and today, I will be looking at the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most renowned directors of all time and has changed the way of building suspense in cinema and Psycho just celebrated its 60th anniversary last month. This film will have you on the edge if your seat on each viewing and it still remains one of the most suspensful films ever made, paving the way for slasher films.
The story of Psycho revolves around secretary Marion Crane, who stops at the Bates Motel during a stormy night after stealing money from her employer. She meets the ownern Norman Bates, who seems to be very much under the dominion of his mother, but nothing is what it seems.
I have seen this film twice last year and I am impressed how it still holds up aftet 60 years. This was Hitchcock’s first stint in the horror genre and not only did he change the genre, he also used suspense to provide horror.
The screenplay by Joesph Stefano is brilliant and well-written, as the story is well focused and provides tension to the plot, making you suspected throughtout the film. The soundtrack by Bernard Hermann is phenominal and adds to the movie’s suspensful atmosphere. The movie is filmed in black and white color and this cinematography style works in it’s favor and the editing keeps the story moving.
The performances by Janet Liegh and Anthony Perkins are great, but Perkins gives the best performance in the film. He starts out as chilling, nice guy before beginning to go mad throughout the film. The bathroom scene is very iconic and it uses tension to make you scared. However, if there is one issue I have in the film, is the ending exposition, which telss us everything we already know.
Overall, not only did Psycho impacted future horror movies, it’s Hitchcock’s most influential film in his long career. With it’s intense atmosphere, brilliant direction and a brilliant story, Psycho is a compelling and engaging experience from start to finish.