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Brilliant, brilliant movie. Chills guaranteed.
Marion Crane: Do you go out with friends?
Norman Bates: A boy's best friend is his mother.
Considered by many as one of the best films ever made, Psycho is truly a once in a lifetime cinematic experience. I had been putting off watching it as praise is showered upon it so frequently that I was afraid of being disappointed. But disappoint me, it did not. Psycho is called the first 'Psychoanalytical thriller'. It is a very creepy film, with a tense atmosphere and a sense of impending doom becoming stronger and stronger with every passing scene. The movie begins with Marion Crane, a secretary working in Phoenix, stealing $40,000 that her employer asked to deposit in the bank. She wants to go California, to her lover's home so that he could clear his debts and start a brand new life with him. However, she is interrupted on her drive as it starts to rain nastily. She decides to check into a motel whose manager seems to be a young man who spends his entire time either stuffing birds or with his mother.
I will not give away too much of the plot but let me assure you, that Psycho is one of the best thrillers I saw. You can't help but feel sorry for each of the main characters, for the roadblocks that were put in the lives. I was aware of the reputation of the infamous shower scene, yet it still managed to scare me. Anthony Perkins was phenomenal, in my opinion. The scene in the movie when Marion's sister is in the attic literally made me scream (Those who have watched the movie will know what I'm talking about). What I liked about the movie was that it never got too caught up in itself. It progresses smoothly until the tension builds and builds to a crescendo, before everything is revealed. Alfred Hitchcock is a genius of a filmmaker, and you can see it in the way it is shot. I felt as though I was sitting in a room with Hitchcock while he was narrating the tale to me; Hitchcock had such tight control over everything which was being shown to us. My favorite scenes in the movie were : 1. The scene in the attic with Norman Bates's mother and Marion's sister 2. The shower scene. 3. The opening scene. It features Janet Leigh in a white brassiere, a Hitchcock trademark, I'm told. Apparently, most of Hitchcock films feature beautiful blond women wearing white in the opening scenes. 4. The part where the cop follows her and also the part where she has a tense conversation with the car dealer 5. The conclusion of the movie with the psychiatrist. All in all, Psycho is a great brilliant movie with great acting, amazing direction and chilling and scary moments. If you're watching it in the theater with people who haven't seen it before, I can assure you that there will at least be one scream. Hitchcock is a genius at what he does, and it shows in this movie. Watch this, as Psycho can be a wonderful experience. One of those experiences a cinema lover may recall many years later, thinking about the thrill a part of the movie brought you. Psycho is considered to be one of the best movies ever made, and for a reason.