After 60 years of people being scared to take showers, I think it’s time we shine a light on everyone’s worst fear// donovan Harris, 8th Grade
After 60 years of people being scared to take showers, I think it’s time we shine a light on everyone’s worst fear: Alfred Hitchock’s Psycho. I don’t know if any other youngins like myself have seen or even heard of Psycho, but if you have: congratulations. And if you haven’t, allow me to break it down.
The movie begins with a woman named Marion Crane (Janet Leigh). She steals $40,000 from the bank she works at in Phoenix, Arizona to start a new life. She takes several backroads on the freeway, attempting to avoid police, but after driving through a heavy rainstorm, she stops at the run-down Bates Motel in somewhere in California, where she meets the polite, yet eccentric proprietor, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who has an interest in Taxidermy, and a complicated relationship with his mother. What happens next is the stuff nightmares are made of.
This movie has gone on to become one of the greatest ever made, breaking boundaries at the time using fast cuts, nudity, and even a toilet (I’ll get to that later.) But this movie was insanely well done, the actors were amazing, and the movie earned Hitchcock his final Oscar, and $32 million. There really isn’t a flaw with this movie, it has everything horror and thriller fans could ask for, so I’m going to give 9.9/10.
However, there’s more than what meets the eye in Psycho. Here are my top 6 behind-the-scenes things to look out for.
- Robert Bloch
- The Effects.
- The Birds
- We Wanna See Psycho!
- Hidden Gems
-A ginormous studio light is left on while Marion is driving through a rainstorm, but Hitchcock kept this in the movie, because he didn’t think people would notice.
Hitchcock makes a cameo at the beginning of the movie wearing a cowboy hat outside of Marion’s office.
- Pay attention to the wordplay in Norman’s name: he is neither a woman, Nor Man. Norman.
In conclusion, Psycho is a very well done, spooky, and iconic movie that has a lot of secrets not known to the average viewer. I decided to break it down because there’s so much you can analyze, and it’s a personal favorite of mine. Thank you for reading, and before I depart, I want to say one thing...
keep your hotel room door locked, or something might happen...