Alfred Hitchcock (Marne)… Now Alfred Hitchcock is a truly amazing and prolific artists who had really helped define the horror and thriller genres for what it really was!
I mean in a lot of respects Alfred Hitchcock was for the 40s – 60s was what John Carpenter (Halloween) and Clive Barker (Hellraiser) and all of the other horror filmmakers were for the 80s and 90s! (For me the 70s – 90s were my favorite decades for Horror!)
And in my opinion one of his great works, and one of the greatest horror movies of all time… And the object of this review… Psycho (1960)!
Written by: Joseph Stefano (The Outer Limits) & Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Anthony Perkins (Edge Of Sanity), Vera Miles (The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance), John Gavin (Spartacus), Janet Leigh (The Fog), Martin Balsam (A Thousand Clowns) & John McIntire (The Incredible Hulk).
“It’s sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn’t allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They’ll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man… as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can’t move a finger, and I won’t. I’ll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do… suspect me. They’re probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching… they’ll see. They’ll see and they’ll know, and they’ll say, “Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly…” – Mother (A quote Paul Jasmin from the movie, Psycho (1960).)
So this movie tells the sad story of Norman Bates (Played by: Anthony Perkins) and the tragic life he had with his family… And the fall out that other people have had to face because of it!
You see, in Phoenix, Arizona, Marion Crane (Played by: Janet Leigh) has this boyfriend by the name of, ‘Sam Loomis’ (Played by: John Gavin) who comes from Fairvale California…
Well both of them have fallen so deeply in love with each other, that Marion decides to steal about $40,000 dollars from her company so that she can go and be with her boy friend!
Now of course as she is headed out to California to be with her boyfriend, she is nervous of everyone she is dealing with… And when she is forced to stop for the night… She stops at the, ‘Bates Motel’, and meets a nice man by the name of Norman Bates, and eventually the mother that loves her son a little to much!
And after mother kills Marion in fear that she is going to loose her baby boy… Marion’s sister, ‘Lila’ (Played by: Vera Miles) decides to go and look for her… And with the help of Marion’s boyfriend, will find something that will rock the town of Fairvale forever!
Ok now… What is the best things about this movie.
1: Alfred Hitchcock was a pioneering genius, and his vision is still admired by modern filmmakers… And Psycho was a great example of this!
2: So alot of talent that comes in to modern movies are determined by their looks and not entirely about their talent… You are seeing more and more incredibly sexy women that don’t have much talent… And more and more we are seeing meatheads that are getting all of the parts… But in the 1960s…. Talent was sought after over more than looks, and don’t get me wrong… The cast of Psycho are not ugly people. but you can tell that the cast was choosen for having some amazing talent over their looks!
3: And then there is Robert Bloch… I haven’t actually read the book yet… But this movie is based on the book that he wrote… And if the book is as good as the movie… Then the book is going to be absolutely amazing!
If you haven’t checked out this movie yet… I highly recommend checking out! It is more than well worth it!