Pyscho (1960)

*****

Alfred Hitchcock’s Pyscho (1960) has become synonmous and infamous with the genre of  the thriller.

The film, which is based upon the 1959 novel of the same name, by Robert Bloch. It stars, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Janet Leigh.

Pyscho is considered one of Hitchcock’s best films, it is ranked as one of the greatest films of all time. It was awarded four Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress of Leigh and Best Director for Hitchcock.

The Plot, according to IMDB: “A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.”

From the very first scene, an aerial shot of Phoenix, an apartment block, the camera pans in to one window, in to one story, we know that there are other stories which Hitchcock could have gone too, but this apartment clearly has significance.

The cast is superb, Anthony Perkins gives a sterling turn as the stammering Norman Bates, whereas Vera Miles’ performance sets the tone for the film, it turns from a film of escape to a who dunnit.

The story is clever and I’m eager not to give too much away, with many twists, turns and clever film making by the great Hitchcock, it is no wonder that this film is considered one of the greats.

Watch it.

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