Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Country: United States
Main cast: Anthony Perkins, John Gavin, Vera Miles, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Lurene Tuttle
Genres: Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Rating: 5 out of 5
Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is certainly one of the best films this brilliant filmmaker ever made. An excellently-made film, and a very, very much important and great film in the horror genre, Psycho has so many thrills and so many scares that would make one look at the screen and think how wonderful director Alfred Hitchcock was.
The first very scary scene in the movie is when the character named Marion is taking a shower. A shadowy figure of a woman appears, and repeatedly stabs Marion, and then goes away, leaving Marion to die soon.
This scene is so very scary with the scary background music. The scene made me scared, a lot! Before this scene, there were several other thrilling, but none of them were as shocking, as scary, as unexpected as this one.
And this does not end here. In the next scenes of the film, there are many more scares, many more thrills waiting for us, and I won't reveal the scenes because I won't like to spoil this amazing movie.
Near the beginning of the movie Marion Crane, a secretary, steals a lot of money in order to help her divorced boyfriend Sam. She starts for Sam's home in California. She is exhausted. A rainstorm starts, and she is forced to take shelter at the Bates Motel.
The manager, Norman Bates, tells her that hardly any visitor come here. She registers with a false name. After showing her the room, he invites her for dinner, and she accepts.
Then she hears Norman and his mother arguing. Mrs. Bates doesn't want Marion to come to their house. So, she has dinner in Norman's office. Norman seems to be strongly controlled by his mother.
After dinner, she goes for a shower. While taking a shower, the scary thing takes place.... and then...
A few days later, Marion's sister Lila is very worried about her. A private detective, Milton Arbogast, is searching for Marion. Lila meets Sam, Marion's boyfriend. Arbogast questions about Marion in different hotels and finally reaches the Bates motel. Then such things start happening that makes the movie more shadowy, more mysterious. And until the very last scene of the movie, the film just kept me looking at the screen... Such a thrilling, such a scary, such a great movie it is!
The film is in fact, a great one truly. The combination of everything makes it so great. The story is wonderful and as the film goes on it gets more mysterious and makes the viewer more curious. It has got thrills, it has got scares. The presentation was excellent.
I would like to give special praise to the music. The music, the musical effects are wonderful. Sometimes, the musical effects contribute much to make the film more scary, more thrilling.
Alfred Hitchcock is a brilliant film director. I have seen ''Rebecca'', ''Spellbound'', ''The Birds'' and ''Psycho''. All of them are brilliant. But however, ''Psycho'' is one of the greatest films that Hitchcock made. This film is so very excellent and so very memorable.
The performances are quite excellent. Janet Leigh as Marion, Vera Miles as her sister Lila and John Gavin as Marion's boyfriend Sam Loomis, all play their roles excellently. But the most remarkable performance in this film is given by Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. I won't go into details about this character.
In short, ''Psycho'' is a great movie, and a great film in the horror genre. It's a very memorable film, full of thrills and scares. Watch it, it's great!
5 out of 5!