film

reviews









Om filmen
production notes
synopsis
review

quotes

links


 

 

Psycho (1960)

Directed by:
Alfred Hitchcock
COUNTRY
USA
Genre
Horror/Thriller
NorWEGIAN TITLE
Psycho
RUNNING TIME
109 minutes
Produced by:
Alfred Hitchcock
Written by:
Joseph Stefano
Based on a novel by:
Robert Bloch


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Norman Bates Anthony Perkins
Marion Crane Janet Leigh
Lila Crane Vera Miles
Sam Loomis John Gavin
Milton Arbogast Martin Balsam
Sheriff Chambers John McIntire
Man Outside Office in Cowboy Hat Alfred Hitchcock

 

Review

Hitchcock's number one trademark is still ingeniously terrifying after all these years. Even though mainly having been a prank from the master of suspense's point of view, Psycho is the quintessential horror movie. It's easy to forget the impact this film made on an entire genre (depicting knife-stabbing psychotic young men), and it's also easy to overlook how fundamentally different this was to anything Hitchcock had made before. His previous movies had been thrillers, but Psycho re-juvinated a genre that had been limited to b-movie material and recurring performances from fading performers. In addition to being a brilliantly accomplished horror movie, it's also an unparalleled psychological study, with Anthony Perkins unarguably giving the performance of a lifetime. Psycho is as chilling as any movie you'll ever see, and it holds its own against any of today's special effect vehicles.

Copyright 24.9.2004 [re-reviewed] Fredrik Gunerius Fevang