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Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1960)

"We all go a little mad sometimes." -Norman Bates

Psycho is one of the great classics of all time. Psycho is about Marion, played by the legendary Janet Leigh, who embezzles $40,000 from her employer. She goes and buys a brand new car with the cash, and hits the road.

That night she gets caught in a really bad rainstorm in the desert, and she spots the bright lighted sign of the Bates Motel, which she decides will be her destination for now. She checks in, and the owner, Norman Bates, makes her a sandwich. He seems nice, if not a little strange. She then goes to her room, undresses, while Norman spies through a hole in the wall.

She enters the bathroom, and begins taking a shower. And I'm sure most of you know what happens from there on. Anyways, Marion's sister and lover begin to worry about her disappearance and hire a detective to investigate.

This movie is a true classic. The whole story (based on the book by Robert Bloch) is very interesting and the ending is quite a surprise, because you never really know who Norman's mother is. The infamous shower scene is now known by tons of people, so it's kind of trademarked this series of films (although all of the sequels are awful besides Psycho II, which was ok). It's in black and white, which is kind of cool, I like old black and white movies, although I don't see very many horror ones. This film is also based on Ed Gein, the real life serial killer who inspired The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs. Very good.

Starring: Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh
Theatrical Release: June 16, 1960
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

My rating (out of 5 stars):

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