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Psycho (1960)

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Psycho (1960)


Anthony Perkins
Vera Miles
John Gavin
Martin Balsam
John McIntire
Janet Leigh

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Distributed by Paramount Pictures

They don't come any crazier than Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). This Psycho thriller was a classic horror movie in the 60s, with a score (soundtrack) that is breath taking.

It also had four Academy Award nominations. Psycho is considered one of Hitchcock's best films, and it is ranked among the greatest films of all time.

The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Robert Bloch which in turn was based loosely on the case of convicted Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein.

Paramount felt the book was "too repulsive" and "impossible for films" and they did not like "anything about it at all" and denied Hitchcock his usual budget. So, Hitchcock financed the film's creation through his own Shamley Productions.

The movie was then shot in black and white to keep the budget below $ 1,000,000.

The movie story is about a Secretary who embezzled $ 40,000 from her company, to go share with her boyfriend.

On her way to their meeting place she stops over at a motel, owned by Norman Bates, who has been long under the control of his mother and is out of place in this world.

The famous shower scene, which was the murder of Janet Leigh's character in the shower, is the film's pivotal scene and one of the best-known scenes in all of cinema history. As such, it spawned numerous myths and legends. It was shot from December 17 to December 23, 1959, and features 77 different camera angles. The scene "runs 3 minutes and includes 50 cuts.

Perkins did well and the whole movie actors were excellent in their portrayals, this gave the movie the edge that it had.

I do hope you take the time to see this movie.


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