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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 film 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 had 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 rejuvinated a genre that had been limited to B-movie status 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 arguably giving the performance of a lifetime. Psycho is as chilling as any of the horror classics, and it holds its own against any of today's special effect vehicles.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 24.09.2004 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 21.08.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang