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.