The original Pyscho

The original Pyscho

Area Parker's picture

Alfred Hitchcock was a pure genius. His movie gave us the paranoia that directors today try and match. His film Pyscho gave birth to movies like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween. Yes Pyscho was the birth of the slasher film. Low budget but incredibly horrifying audiences used to be locked in the theatre so they would sit through the whole movie. At the time Hitchcock showed us the voyeurism techinque (Like coming in the window) And it shocked and appalled audiences. Now although horror today is trying to match Hitchcock. I believe he is and will always remain the best horror director.

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Blood Dragoness's picture

I LOVED THIS MOVIE!! And killing off the star was unheard of in it's day!! Hitchcock was a master!!

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"DO NOT MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF DRAGONS FOR YOU ARE CRUNCHY AND GOOD WITH KETCHUP"

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greeneyes3855's picture

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I LOVED THIS MOVIE!! And killing off the star was unheard of in it's day!! Hitchcock was a master!!

you are so right!!!!!!!!

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AFI Fan's picture

This movie was really awesome. when i first saw it i never suspected that the killer was norman. The remake was literally a remake and it was really aweful.

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lowjack's picture

This movie is what slasher movies are all about. In my opinion, there has never been a better slasher movie. Even the trashy 1998 remake of this film with Ann Heche and Vince Vaughn. The director of the remake, Gus Van Sant, said in an interview that he tried copying Hitchcock's filming style by watching the original and copying each scene exactly.

matt chiavelli's picture

I love "Psycho." There are only a couple of films where, if I'm home and I know it's showing on TV, I'll just have to watch it again. "Psycho" is one, and "The Birds" is another. I pretty much have both of them memorized ath this point, but I'll still drop everything to watch either of them again.

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AmyB's picture

This was a fantastic movie that still surprises people. As others have said, it just turned all the movie conventions of the time around, from killing off the leading lady near the beginning of the film to the big "reveal" about Norman. That music, too! Perfect!

If I have any criticism for the film at all, it's that I found the big explanation by the expert at the end a little overdone, but maybe Hitchcock wanted to give the audience some time to absorb what happened and recover from the shock of it. That last shot of Norman in the cell with the fly on his hand was one of the creepiest things ever. Brr!

I have not seen the remake and probably never will. Both the idea of trying to remake it and the shot-by-shot recreation does not appeal to me at all. It reminds me of a discussion I had with a bunch of people about bands doing covers of old classics: if you're going to redo something, don't attempt a straight copy of it. In a "cover", if you go for an exact copy, it comes off as a slick studio version of kereoke, and you've contributed nothing new to the song or to music in general. I'd venture to say a movie "cover" would be much the same. It's an interesting experiment to see if you can pull it off, but do you really want to make an audience sit through it? It seems like a waste of time, unless you're a bunch of film students and you have an interest in seeing if someone can recreate the original, only in color and with other actors!

Anyway, that's my long-winded response!

Tizo's picture

A classic that will never die out.

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sickness's picture

AWESOME!!!

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ladygaga1977's picture

classic horror movie, anthony perkins was great as norman bates

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