Welcome to the 2016 Readers of the Lost Arc Halloween Special. I will also post reviews on ‘Poltergeist‘ and ‘Frankenweeny‘ later tonight (Tim Burton’s 2012 reboot). The classic Alfred Hitchcock horror famous for the shower scene and the plot twist. Luckily the plot twist has not been spoiled and is still surprising. Starring Anthony Perkins (‘The Trial’, ‘The Black Hole’), Vera Miles (‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance’, ‘Murder, She Wrote’), and Janet Leigh (‘The Fog’, ‘Murder, She Wrote’, ‘The Twilight Zone’) this was stunningly risque for the time with ‘extreme’ violence and sex that would probably earn a 12A rating today. With terrifying suspense and brilliantly directed murder, the overall effect of the movie creates a stunningly aesthetically impressive piece of art. This movie has been fortunate to be one of the few classics that truly has aged like a fine wine.
When Marion Crane (Leigh) steals some of her employer’s money and runs away she stops off at Bates Motel. When the owner, however, has a mentally ill mother and a strange murder occurs, an investigation begins.
When Marion drives away from the police officer, her car starts without her starting it. The keys are still on the dashboard and she does not reach for the gearshift.
When Marion first gets out of her cat and meets the salesman at the used cat dealership, a crewmember is reflected in the cat door. Part way through the shot, he suddenly crouches down.
When Lila approaches Mother in the fruit cellar, we see Mrs. Bates seated in a four-legged chair. After Ms. Miles touches the corpse, it slowly spins around as if it’s sitting on a swiveling chair. The effect was achieved by a prop man lying on his back rotating a camera head with wheels underneath Mother.
Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐️
- Alfred Hitchcock himself said that 33% of Psycho’s effect could be attributed to the music (by Bernard Herrman).
- Paramount gave Hitchcock a very small budget to work with, because of their distaste with the source material. They also deferred most of the net profits to Hitchcock, thinking the film would fail. When it became a hit, Hitchcock made a fortune.
- First American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen.
- The reason Hitchcock cameos so early in the film was because he knew people would be looking out for him, and he didn’t want to divert their attention away from the plot.
- The strings-only music by Bernard Herrmann is ranked #4 on AFI’s 100 Years of Film Scores.