Psycho (1960) Movie Review

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Psycho (1960)

1960 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
109 minutes / 1h 49min

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Psycho Plot Synopsis:

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.

Psycho (1960) Review

Psycho (1960) is an American mystery thriller horror movie from the 1960s that made it into the National Film Registry for preservation. It is loosely based on Wisconsin serial killer and grave robber Ed Gein. Director Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959)) received a nomination for best director for the Academy Awards. Psycho is Alfred Hitchcock’s best movie ever made and is high up in the charts as one of the greatest movies of all time (best horror movies of all time). Universal Studios began producing a TV series, three sequels and a remake of Psycho after the director died in 1980. The US Library of Congress chose Psycho in 1992 to be preserved in the National Film Registry.

Marion Crane (Janet Leigh - Touch of Evil (1958), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), The Fog (1980)) meets her boyfriend Sam Loomis (John Gavin - Spartacus (1960), Imitation of Life (1959), A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)) at a hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. They met each other during her lunch break for some intimate time and discuss how they cannot afford a wedding. A client trusted Marion with $40,000 cash to buy a house for his daughter because Marion is a secretary at a real estate office. Marion stole the $40,000 from her employer and ran off to a secluded motel in another town hoping that she would not be found. She did not tell her boyfriend that she is fleeing the town and that she stole the enormous amount of money. She stayed at the Bates Motel that is owned by young Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins - The Trial (1962), Psycho II (1983), The Black Hole (1979)) who is creepy and very disturbed. Norman became angry when Marion told him that he should put his mentally ill mother in an institution while they were having dinner. Later that night, Marion decides to return the money to her office in Phoenix and face the consequences of her action. Marion did not make it to the office as she was stabbed with a butcher knife and killed while taking a shower in her motel room that rainy night. Norman cleans the room as clean as he can after he discovered her body and wrapped it up with the shower curtain. Who killed her in that secluded motel?

Marion’s sister Lila (Vera Miles - The Searchers (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Wrong Man (1956)) and her Sam Loomis are terribly worried over her disappearance and fear the worst. Detective Milton Arbogast (Martin Balsam - 12 Angry Men (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)) is investigating the case of Marion and the stolen money and soon pays the Bates Motel a visit. Watch the movie to see who the killer is and what happens to the rest of the cast. Who will survive and who will die? It is an excellent movie for all horror fans who love an original jump scare.Psycho contains excellent cinematography, great soundtrack, climactic twist and dark humor. The cast was good but not excellent, well except for Anthony Perkins. Please pay attention to the last few scenes as they will leave you with images and chills for a while.

  • Psycho Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 9.20
  • IMDB: 8.5
  • MetaCritic: 9.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.7

About Psycho 1960

Title: Psycho
Year: 1960
Runtime: 109 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.6/5 stars from 513,180 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 513,180
MPAA Rating: R
Psycho Cast Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Virginia Gregg, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, Francis De Sales, Walter Bacon, George Dockstader, Hans Moebus, George Eldredge, Robert Osborne, Harper Flaherty, Don Ross, John Gavin, Sam Flint, John McIntire, Alfred Hitchcock, Simon Oakland, Paul Jasmin, Frank Albertson, Lee Kass, Patricia Hitchcock, Frank Killmond, Vaughn Taylor, Ted Knight, Lurene Tuttle, Pat McCaffrie, John Anderson, Jeanette Nolan, Mort Mills
Psycho Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
Psycho Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Paramount Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA