Year: 1960

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Written by: Joseph Stefano

Threat: Psychopath

Weapon of Choice: Knife

IMDb page: IMDb link

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Rish Outfield's reviews
This is the most influential horror movie ever. Care to argue?
You probably already know the story. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) steals some money, fleeing on her own across California. When she stops at the Bates Motel, she meets Norman (Anthony Perkins), a kindly young man tormented by his overbearing mother, watching over him from their house on the hill. When Marion takes a shower in the motel bathroom, she gets a very unwelcome visitor.
Psycho is considered Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, and the father of modern Horror. The film is overflowing with style and grace and could be studied endlessly. And of course, it has been. It is a fascinating tale with some very suspenseful moments, but in viewing it for the site, I found it less satisfying than I used to.
Tony Perkins is so great, delivering his likable, layered, tortured performance that, unfortunately, he was never able to escape from it. I never want them to catch Norman Bates, and neither do you, and that's Hitchcock's brilliance--even knowing who/what Norman is, I still like him.
This movie taught me that birds actually do eat a great deal, so when somebody tells you that you eat like a bird, you must kill them.
Of course, the years have diluted the shockingness of this piece, and I can only imagine the controversy that surrounded it when it was first released, but it's still intelligent, well-acted, and amazingly orchestrated. It's got nice pacing, a great score, some very disturbing sequences (still), and a nice ending ("she wouldn't hurt a fly").
Best Scare: Well, duh, the shower scene.
I'd Recommend It To: Everybody needs to see Psycho. But NOT the awful 1998 remake.

The tyranist's thoughts
I love Alfred Hitchcock, but I didn't see Psycho for many years. When I finally did see it, I knew almost everything about it. I regret that. Seeing it through new eyes would have been fantastic. In spite of my foreknowledge, it was still one of the finest movies that I have ever seen. Norman is so pathetic and Marion is so desireable in spite of her shortcomings. This film is a must see for any horror fan and should probably be seen by everyone.

Owes everything to/rips off earlier film
Sequel setup
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location skull
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skull
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Toilet stall scene skull
Victim locks self in with killer
Killer is in car with victim
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Blood hits camera
Killer doesn't stay dead
Stupid discovery of corpse skull
Dream sequence
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
No one believes only witness
Blood fountain
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
Music detracts from scene
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
No one dies at all
Death in first five minutes
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
What the hell?

Total Skulls: 4

Other movies in this series:
Psycho II
Psycho III
Psycho IV: The Beginning