Psycho

Psycho

DVD - 1960
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Horror melodrama in which a woman disappears after spending the night in an isolated motel which adjoins an eerie Victorian mansion, inhabited by a disturbed young man and his mother.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c1960
Edition: Collector's ed
ISBN: 9780783225845
0783225849
Branch Call Number: PSY
Characteristics: 1 dvd (109 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: Alfred Hitcock's Psycho. [dvd]

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this is not so much a "scary movie" as it is an exercise in demonstrating the destructive effects of guilt on one's life span (other people can do it to you as a way of warding off their own needful self-realization).

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Lucik32
May 27, 2017

A great classic and a film masterpiece. Definitely a must-watch the bonus material how the movie was shot and cast.
Many people complained in bellow comments that this horror was not scary. They forgot it was shot in 1960! Like Mr. Hitchcock said a director has to be creative and come up with a new ways how to scare the audience. But he managed it in 1960: many people were fleeing theaters after the notorious shower scene. There were lines for the movie showing that spread up to three miles!
There are not great horror movies nowadays. (Like "the Ring" both versions and all the sequences- seriously? I was so bored that I almost switched the movie off. Not scary at all). We have become numb to tension, thrill and suspense by watching horror movies full of gore and violence. For any director it is hard to surprise audience with something new. All the movies are the same, they show us everything. But Mr. Hitchcock knew that imagination was everything. He did not show streaming blood and all the gore, it was audience's imagination that scared them.
"Psycho" might not scare you, but still try to think why people love it and keep on watching it. I am one of them.

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TheSandoz
May 08, 2017

Even now, it's distinctly unnerving.

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akirakato
May 08, 2017

This is a 1960 American psychological horrific drama directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch.
The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and the motel's mentally disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates (Perkins)
Setting a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, it is one of the best and greatest horror movies of all time.

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Tinkerdanielle
Mar 17, 2016

Great movie! Psycho is by far my favourite Alfred Hitchcock movie! Very good!

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sharonej20
Mar 07, 2016

Everyone said this movie was going to be really scary and that's why I watched it because I like scary movies. Sadly it wasn't scary at all. I kinda was expecting a little more, thought she was going to run away with her boyfriend and use the money for them to live off of or something, not just die so early like she did. Oh well, but over all okay movie.

cathyf3 Jan 07, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock directed this horror film in 1960. It is the story of a young woman Marion who in a moment of weakness steals $40,000 dollars from her employer. She gets scared and paranoid and drives off the main roads. She ends up at the Bates Motel which is in front of a big creepy house. That image tells the viewer this will not end well. When Norman comes to the desk, you think,he seems OK. But Norman did have issues with Mom. I remember when it first came out women refused to shower when no one was home.

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ThomasJWhiting
Sep 01, 2015

Not sure if I'd ever seen this entire film before - I was a bit too young when it came out.

Great B/W filmography - I do have a background in photography and more so I watch with more than just a consumer's eye, i.e., edge cuts, lighting shadows, camera angles, etc.

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rabbitarabbit
Jun 11, 2015

The shower scene was as much of a masterpeice as it was meant to be. But the plot was probably even better. Twists and turns where you didn't expect them. As expected of hitchcock.

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Derringer
Jun 01, 2015

Below are 2 quotes from actor Anthony Perkins who played the pivotal role of Norman Bates in Hitchcock's "Psycho". I think these quotes are sure to be of some interest to anyone who is at all familiar with this film and its legacy to the genre of horror.

(1) "Hitchcock thought of Psycho (1960) as a comedy. When it first came out, it was greeted with screams of laughter. People laughed all the way through, so much so that he declared it was the first time he had ever been out-thought by an audience. He knew it was going to be funny, but he didn't realize it was going to be that funny."

(2) "Not many people know this, but I was in New York rehearsing for a play when the shower scene was filmed in Hollywood. It is rather strange to go through life being identified with this sequence knowing that it was my double. Actually, the first time I saw Psycho and that shower scene was at the studio."

.... Well, there you have it.

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Bronco92
Apr 13, 2017

"A boy's best friend is his mother. "

Laura_X Oct 26, 2016

We all go a little mad sometimes.

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britprincess1
Oct 13, 2013

"We all go a little mad sometimes."

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Mar 15, 2013

"Let me put it this way - She may have been able to fool me..... But she didn't fool my mother!"

laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

"Mother...what's the phrase?...isn't quite herself today."

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britprincess1
Oct 14, 2013

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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cathyf3 Jan 07, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock directed this horror film in 1960. It is the story of a young woman Marion who in a moment of weakness steals $40,000 dollars from her employer. She gets scared and paranoid and drives off the main roads. She ends up at the Bates Motel which is in front of a big creepy house. That image tells the viewer this will not end well. When Norman comes to the desk, you think,he seems OK.
But Norman did have issues with Mom.
I remember when it first came out women refused to shower when no one was home.

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britprincess1
Oct 14, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This film contains a single naked body so blurred that it can scarcely be considered nudity. There are no cuss words and the "violence" is not violent. Anticipation, music, and shadows on the wall are where the horror comes from, but for some that'll be terrifying enough.

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