This has probably got to be one of the classic Hollywood horrors of its era. Probably one of Hitchcock’s most famous films, one where he is pushing the limits of Hollywood in the 60s. Now-a-days it still stands as a great film, cleverly done, well executed and interesting with a murder mystery. However, I probably wouldn’t say it’s fully classed as a horror, as it is more mystery, although it’s traditionally horror and it will stay as that.
The film is full of mystery and intrigue from the beginning. Marion’s (Janet Leigh) life becomes one of suspicion and temptation when she takes $40,000 and flees with it. On a rainy night, she ends up in the Bates Motel with owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). After unfortunate events, the Bates Motel becomes more popular than it has for years, bringing in unwanted attention.
The actors and characters are brilliant. Norman Bates is a very interesting character. Even though I thought I knew what happened in the film, I was constantly doubting the characters’ truths. Yes, this was the first time I’d watched it, shamefully because as a graduated film student, this should have been watched years ago… I would definitely recommend others to watch it if you haven’t! I was drawn into the whole film, unable to take my eyes off the screen.
‘Psycho’ gets creepy very suddenly. There is quite a long build up, but I think it was effective in creating characters and intrigue, so didn’t feel wasteful. The sound is brilliant. It jumps from very dramatic music, to silence, which is very effective. There were definite moments that were creepy and chilling. Tension built up and I was worried for the characters on screen. It’s a very clever, brilliance of a plot based on the novel by Robert Bloch. Besides, this is the film that generated the iconic shower scene.