Am I a little bit Psycho if I admit that Psycho is one of my favorite Hitchcock films? It never fails to entertain me and creep me out!
I also think it's one of his better known films if not best known.
Psycho is the story of Marion Crane who is having a love with Sam Loomis. They are unable to marry since Sam has many other financial obligations so one day, Marion steals some money from a client at her office and heads out of town. Stealing this much money is of course out of character for Marion and she is nervous and in my opinion acts really really suspicious as she makes her way. Finally, she stops in the at The Bates Motel where she meets Norman Bates. Norman Bates seems like a nice guy a little shy and perhaps a bit tied to his mother. He just gets stranger and stranger, though, especially as he spouts off lines like, "my hobby is stuffing things."
Anyway, Marion begs off and ultimately meets a grisly fate in the famous shower scene at the hands of what we believe is Norman Bates mother.
Well eventually, people notice Marion is missing and start to look for her. A private detective also meets an ugly death at the hands of Mrs. Bates and it's not until Marion's sister and Sam go looking for her that the twist is revealed...Mrs. Bates is long dead and it's been Norman all along.
I studied this film as part of a film unit in my high school Humanities class and one thing I remember from that is that Psycho is one of the first films where they really used music to build suspense. Every time I've watched it since then, I've noticed just how much music they use..it's almost overpowering!
Also I gleaned from watching this on TCM last weekend, that the film was shot in black and white as it was suspected it would be too grisly in color. This also allowed for chocolate syrup to be used in the shower scene. Speaking of the shower scene, what do you think of the fact that Marion was killed off? Did you feel the movie lost some of its energy at that point?
I still find this film to be incredibly entertaining and creepy. I'm interested in your thoughts as well as what you think about the themes. I did learn that this was based on a book that was based on a real serial killer, Ed Gein.
Just a reminder that next week's movie is The Birds and we'll be chatting about it live on Twitter at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST. This is based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier and if you read the short story and watch the film and participate in next Monday's discussion, I'll draw a winner for a ten dollar Amazon gift card. See you then!