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Frightful Friday: Psycho

To wrap up my Frightful Friday series this week, I'm taking a little trip back in time to when horror movies were all about suspense and Bosco chocolate syrup. Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho is the perfect movie for a spooky fall night, its chilling story seemingly old-fashioned to us now for its lack of gore (or, "gore" by our modern standards). Also, that terrifying string score! It's up there with the theme music from Jaws as some of the most iconic and evocative of all movie music.

Psycho is also, in some ways, a very sad story. The character of Norman Bates is deeply disturbed, and if he weren't so murderous he'd be rather pitiable. Janet Leigh plays Marion Crane, a secretary who has just embezzled a bunch of money from her employer and is on the run. She goes to the Bates Motel to hide and its there that she meets the lonely, reclusive Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young, handsome man who looks after the motel as well as his ailing mother... or so it seems.

Apparently, the initial critical reviews for this film were mixed at best, but after the overwhelmingly positive audience reaction to the film, critics re-reviewed it, publishing glowing reviews the second time around.

Final little bit of trivia for you: Psycho was the first movie to show a woman in just a bra and slip.

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Allytta Allytta 8 years
oh my god! i could care less about halloween... but this is a huge coincidence - i'm downloading Psycho right now :) decided to introduce myself to sir Hitchcock. and now it's on Ugly Betty and here! freaky :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I cringe every time I think about the shower scene in Psycho. What a classic horror film!
bellanatella bellanatella 8 years
Psycho's pretty snazzy.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
The intro of this movie was on "Ugly Betty" last night! That aside this is a good movie. The climax gave me nightmares the first time I saw it!
licia licia 8 years
Watched this just a few days ago. Love this movie :)
i_heart_me i_heart_me 8 years
Yep, great horror movie!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Love Pyscho, hated the remake.
ddene5713 ddene5713 8 years
Psycho was rated Number One on the best horror movies of all time. [heard the entire list on LIVE 105 this morn (bay area based radio station)]
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