Psycho (1960 film)
Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay, written by Joseph Stefano, was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film centers on the encounter between a female embezzler on the run, Marion Crane, and Norman Bates, the shy proprietor of a secluded old motel. It is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre.
About Psycho (1960 film) in brief
Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay, written by Joseph Stefano, was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Martin Balsam. It centers on the encounter between a female embezzler on the run, Marion Crane, and Norman Bates, the shy proprietor of a secluded old motel. Psycho was seen as a departure from Hitchcock’s previous film North by Northwest, as it was filmed on a lower budget in black-and-white with crew members from his television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. It set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre. Psycho is now considered one of Hitchcock’s best films and praised as a major work of cinematic art by international film critics and scholars due to its slick direction, tense atmosphere, effective camerawork, a memorable score and iconic performances. After Hitchcock’s death in 1980, Universal Pictures began producing follow-ups: three sequels, a remake, a made-for-television spin-off, and a prequel television series set in the 2010s. In 1992, the Library of Congress deemed the film \”culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant\” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
In the film, a shadowy figure stabs Marion Crane to death in a Phoenix, Arizona, hotel. Marion decides to drive back to Phoenix in the morning to return the stolen money. The proprietor, Norman Bates, invites her for dinner after check-in. She accepts his invitation but overhears an argument between Norman and his mother about bringing a woman into their Gothic home, which sits perched above the motel. After seeing blood, Norman panics and runs to Marion’s room, where he discovers her body. A week later, Marion’s sister Lila arrives in Fairvale and confronts Sam about Marion’s whereabouts. The local sheriff informs them that Mrs. Bates died in a murder-suicide ten years ago. When Sam and Lila visit the motel, he sees a figure in the house who he assumes is Mrs Bates, but she ignores him. The sheriff concludes that he lied to Lila and so he could pursue the money so he and Samila could pursue Marion and return it to the rightful owner. Marion’s body is found in the trunk of her car and sinking it in the swamps near the Bates Motel. Norman carries his mother from the room from the fruit cellar to his home and promises to phone Lila again soon. When he enters the home to search for Norman Bates’ mother, he stabs him to death to find out who she is. He hides her and hides her in her room and refuses to allow Arbogast to speak with her in the Fruit cellar.