Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho created a whole new genre of movie. Namely the slasher flick.This film marked a departure of sorts for Hitch as he turned away from the traditional thriller to take an (excuse the pun) stab at horror.
As one of the greatest filmmakers to ever live, the finished product is a timeless classic.
Psycho was adapted for the screen from Robert Blotch’s novel of the same name. Blotch’s inspiration was the serial killer’s, serial killer Ed Gein.
An small town odd ball, Gein stalked Wisconsin in the fifties, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake. His crimes were so horrific and perplexing that they helped to create the characters of Buffalo Bill & Leatherface.
So. Let’s get into it.
Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) on a whim, steals 40,000 belonging to her boss. She absconds town, setting out for California. Along the way, Marion makes a fateful stop at the deserted Bates Motel.
The motel is run by the polite but ever so sinister Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his bedridden mother, Norma.
Attracted to the alluring and mysterious Marion, Norman invites her to his study to enjoy a late-night supper and endure an uncomfortable chat about taxidermy.
Sadly, that’s as far as I am willing to take you. Hitch would have wanted it that way. Unless of course you would like for the entire plot to be revealed in this article?
Still powerful enough to shock, Psycho is a masterfully constructed piece of cinema that will equally enthral and terrify the modern-day movie goer.
Psycho will be screened tonight at Bem Mozi at 20.30 pm.
Tickets are 1k.
Janet Leigh happens to be the mother of scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis of course starred as the terrorized babysitter Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s Halloween.