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Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn't just create modern horror, he validated it. Read critic reviews

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Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

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  • Mar 05, 2020
    Psycho is still an amazing film after all these years. This is a must-see on 4K and is now the preferred version to watch. I've seen this film so many times over the last 30 years so my love for this film remains. I'm eager to watch this again in a few years and this deserves the 5 rating. 30/10/2020 Alfred Hitchcock was a master at film, and Psycho is evidence of the genius at work. The film is unpredictable and showcases a wide range of challenges for the viewer. The narrative is shaken and it's incredible to watch. Hitchcock has other great films, but Psycho is how you make a thriller/horror film. He maintains a certain visual style and the tone is uncomfortable. Psycho is right up there with some of the greatest films ever made. If there's one film you should be watching, this is it. 03/02/2020
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  • Jun 03, 2016
    27/08/2018 - A perfect film by Hitchcock. The acting, camera work and script are all top notch. Add to this one of the most memorable scenes in film history, (the shower scene) and you've got yourself a work of art. There are no faults to find here.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2015
    Incredible from start to finish, with an impeccable musical score banging on, stabbing at your senses. But I would not consider this Hitchcock's greatest, even third greatest, work.
    Paris S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2015
    What more can be said about Psycho other than 'WOW'. Psycho isn't just an iconic horror film, it's an icon completely as an item and a piece of art. The film that cemented Hitchcock's star in the hall of cine-fame, Psycho narrates the infamous story of Norman Bates and his warped motel, inhabited by the elusive silouhette of his over-bearing mother. When a beautiful young runaway flees work with a chunk of her employer's money, of course her first thought is to check into the nearest motel, inevitably leading to one of the most notoriously scary scenes in cinema. Worth a watch in all kinds of weather, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards upon release and features a young Janet Leigh and a handsome Anthony Perkins. Scary, extremely tense and mildy psycho-sexual, Psycho is great.
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