Watched Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 Thriller "Psycho"
“We all go a little mad sometimes.”
This movie is a classic. It’s one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films, and it really earns its right to be considered a cinematic masterpiece. It’s also #14 on the AFI 100.
Based on Robert Bloch’s novel of the same name, “Psycho” depicts the encounter between a secretary on the run after embezzling money from her employer and a motel’s owner and manager, and the aftermath of this encounter.
The secretary Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh) steals the money with the intent to marry the man she is in love with, Sam Loomis (played by John Gavin). The film opens with a scene of the two together.
Marion drives to California with the money in a hurry. On the way, she has a nervous encounter with a policeman, and she trades in her car.
After a night of driving in a rainstorm, Marion stops at a motel off the highway, the Bates Motel. “12 rooms, 12 vacancies.”
The manager and owner of the motel is Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins). He doesn’t get much company normally, so he offers Marion food and conversation.
Of course, the most well-known scene in the film is the shower scene that occurs that night.
A private detective named Milton Arbogast (played by Martin Balsam) has been hired by Marion’s employer to find the stolen money.
Vera Miles plays Lila, Marion’s sister. Incidentally, she was also in the movie we watched last week, “The Searchers”.
This film thrives on the wonderful direction of the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, and the brilliant acting of Anthony Perkins.
One other notable element of this movie is the music. Bernard Herrmann’s score is outstanding, and of course, the screeching violins, violas, and cellos might be the most iconic sound in movie history.
This was easily one of my favorite films I’ve seen this year, and I’d wholeheartedly recommend it if you haven’t seen it.
Psycho on Blu-ray