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Okay, I am mad. If a movie like Citizen Kane is considered to be the best
film of all time simply because it invented techniques that had never been
heard of before, yet the film ultimately sucked because it was boring,
why is Psycho not on the top 100 list. If you want to talk about a film
that changed the way movies were made and how people viewed them, then
Psycho is your film. And the good thing about Psycho is that it is
entertaining. If you look at anyone from Spielberg to Carpenter to
they all have to thank Hitchcock and Psycho for making the horror film
it is today. In Halloween, Dr. Sam Loomis is even named after one of the
characters in Psyhco. But this film is not ever discussed when mentioning
the greatest films of all time, and maybe it shouldn't be, but it sure did
as much for cinema as Citizen Kane did.
I can honestly say that the shower scene in here is one of the best directed scenes in any movie. And for me to say that is quite substantial because I am generally not a fan of older films. But the sheer audacity of that scene and the horror that you witness and then feel is something that I can only imagine messed people up. I would imagine it is the same kind of affect that the opening scene of Jaws had on me. This film is a trend setter.
The other scene that I thought was brilliant was the one where the detective is stabbed at the top of the stairs and he falls down. That placement of the camera is so perfect that you actually feel like you are falling with him. There was a similar scene in Friday the 13th Part 2, and I'm sure Steve Miner has seen Psycho a few times and he emulated that scene purposely because it works so well.
For a film that is almost 40 years old, it really does hold up incredibly well to even the best of todays crop of horror films. But to me this is the film that started it all. If you were afraid to go in the shower after this film, then no one was going to blame you.
If anyone hasn't seen this film, go, rent it tonight. Check out a great film and how it manipulates us. It is a masterful job of story telling done with near perfection.
What a movie.PSYCHO is my all time favourite movie . Great performances from all the cast . I believe Anthony Perkins should have won an Oscar for his chilling performance as Norman Bates . Alfred Hitchcock's best film . I first saw this movie when I was just 10 years old . It was the first adult movie my parents would let me watch and I loved it . If you've not seen this movie you have missed a true classic . I would rate it 10++ .
Three years ago at the tender age of thirteen, I watched this great film, and loved it from beginning to end! Not only does it sport a fantastic cast of old character actors (Vera Miles, Jeanette Nolan, Martin Balsam etc.), but the classic, instantly recognizable, scissor-like score is one of Bernard Herrmann's best since his days with CBS, composing for Rod Serling's the Twilight Zone! You must see this film, especially if your an old-film nut like me.
This movie is the best movie by Alfred Hitchcock ever. That is hard to do to. Because he did all the good scary movies back then such as Rear Window and The Birds. I loved it I own the movie and parts 2 and 3 I like the shower scene. Another good thing about this movie was that it had a good back ground the motel off the main highway and the creepy old house on the hill behind the motel this was scary for its time but not now. However it still is a real good movie a classic. The remake was ok but it can't match to this one.
Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho has it all to start with romance, embezzlement, disappearance, secrets, voyeurism, a dead corpse, a split personality of a man who thinks from time to time he's his dead mother and of course death in the most famous scene of all time the scene of Janet Leigh getting stabbed to death in the shower. The first time I saw Psycho as a kid and seeing the shower scene it terrified me so much I actually became afraid to take a shower I had great fear of getting stabbed to death even in my own home. As any child would do myself included they grow away from the terror of scare scenes as age increases, but recently I have looked at the famous shower scene from a different perspective. Many are unaware but it took seven days to shoot the shower scene, seventy camera positions for the forty-five seconds of very famous footage not an actual bare breast or plunging knife is to be found in the final cut, just illusion through montage. Now I begin my discussion on montage for those who don't know it's meaning or importance. Montage is a distinct type of editing that brings more drama to film and it links shots of film together and the editing separates and makes a film different from other forms of art. Montage was developed from the Soviet Union. Montage was used in very distinct ways in Psycho mostly crafted from Russian editor and director Eisenstein whose editing technique clashing of images or more properly known as a graphic match in film. Actually both similar terms can be explained first clashing of images create conflict just as in the shower scene the images flashing quickly of the knife and Janet Leigh's body symbolize the action and drama of the film while tied to the music of the Psycho shower scene. The term graphic match is very symbolic to show that life goes down the drain. To explain in the shower scene as Janet Leigh is stabbed and her body slides down with the shower curtain breaking the camera does a very close angle shot of her eye and then the camera slowly but surely makes it way to the blood and water flowing down the drain to symbolize death. This is a great example of graphic match it does exactly what it says by taking two unlike objects as in this case an eye and a drain of a tub to compare the action and drama that just unfolded in a scene with blood and water going down the drain symbolizing death while the eye open and an open drain show that life is no more. Finally enough about the famous shower scene everyone should know by now the story and technique behind it and how it was done to perfection, but I end my discussion of the scene I don't what you to think that your in a cinema history class! Hey don't forget how great a film Psycho is it has several other good reasons for it's classic ranking besides the shower scene with montage to start the intelligent directing of Alfred Hitchcock he simply was the master at keeping people in suspense and Psycho is full of suspense from start to finish. Also another interesting moment is to notice Hitchcock as the pedestrian outside the office in the very first few minutes of Psycho it was common for Alfred to make small appearances in his movies. And Anthony Perkins was great as the best and most liked Psycho character of our time the famous Norman Bates. The character had such intelligent wit and yet evil twisted means. So make reservations to the Bates Motel you will enjoy this classic of strange happenings at a rundown motel. I added this movie to my video library just this year and I recommend that anyone add Psycho to a personal movie collection of their own. After 40 years and beyond we all still have the right to go a little mad.
A truly chilling and creepy film. When I saw it, it wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be but it was an incredibly great film. If you haven't seen this movie and like horror flicks WATCH THIS. And even if you don't like horror that much watch this anyway. It's truly great film by the master of suspense.
To cinema lovers everywhere, Alfred Hitchcock was a god. And while he may not have created the heavens and the earth, he did create something possibly more amazing: Psycho. Hitchcock once said that he did not care about the acting so much as the technical elements of the film, but he pulled uniformly outstanding performances from Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, and Vera Miles. But, as many other reviewers have noted, it was not the actors that made Psycho one of the pinnacles of cinema; it was Hitch himself. His skillful use of lighting, effects, editing, and camera work have never been evidenced better than here. Hitchcock's magic was that he could take such a horrific story and make it so beautiful that you the viewer are entranced by it, not able to wrest yourself away for any reason. Psycho is the only movie I've ever seen that grows scarier each time I watch. The titles are a work of art in and of themselves, the photography is absolutely amazing, and Anthony Perkins's subtle, nuanced portrayal of Norman will almost have you rooting for him. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is truly a classic in every sense of the word, and in every sense of the film to which it can be applied.
I love this movie! I've literally watched it hundreds of times, and every time I notice something new. Tony Perkins gives his best performance as Norman Bates. All of the other performers do a great job as well. This is my absolute favorite movie. It still has the ability to shock people today, which is a testament to its power. The shower scene is one of the most effective murder scenes I have seen, all without actually showing the knife penetrating the skin. That just goes to show that today's slasher movies are going about scaring people the wrong way.This is a movie that is impossible to become bored with, no matter how many times you have watched it. This is Alfred Hitchcock's best film.
An amazing movie.
Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins are amazing in their roles.
Hitchcock excelled with Psycho.
SUMMARY:When a young,female embezzler (Leigh) arrives at a hotel owned by Norman Bates (Perkins) she never suspects the terrible secrets-until she is murdered in the famous shower scene.But who is killing people,Norman or his mysterious "mother"?
AMAZING IN ALL RESPECTS
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I love this film, and see no need for me to add to the HUGE number of opinions already posted here about it. There are, however, a few minor things that might be of interest to some of you. Several of the comments from other folks include references to various types of instrumentation in the music, such as tubas and other brass, etc. In fact, the entire score is strings only - listen closely next time and you'll hear it!! Another great little overlooked detail is Saul Bass's main titles, converging and then flying off the screen. Okay, here's a little continuity problem that no one else I've ever talked to has noticed (possible spoiler coming): when Marion skips Phoenix with the cash, she's driving her black 1956 Ford when Mr. Lowery sees her on the street. Later, on the highway out of town, there is a point-of-view shot over the hood of the car - but the shot is of the hood of the white 1957 Ford which Marion does not acquire until later in the picture - oops!! I guess the editors figured no one would notice. By the way, that '57 Ford used to belong to Ward and June Cleaver before Marion bought it (the car was a Universal Studios property; "Leave It To Beaver" was filmed on the same lot as "Psycho"). Anyway, enjoy the film (p.s. you do know that the blood in the shower scene is really chocolate syrup, don't you?)
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