I grew up loving horror movies and so I have a special appreciation for the movie “Psycho” that was released in 1960. I feel that it is one of the best and most influential horror movies of all times, especially since I believe that it featured one of movies’ first serial killers and it was technically one of the first slasher horrors to be made. It was also one of the films that really put the writer and director Alfred Hitchcock on the map sited by many critic as one of his best films, although he seems to have worked on quite a number of projects before that one, a number of which are still popular.
The movie Psycho has been made over at least once, but I doubt that the more recent once would have gained as much attention and praise as the original, which left me wondering, how the original person
or persons came up with the plot. I’ve read mentions that the 1960s version might have been based on some real events. However, what I do know is that it was done based on a book that was released in the same period of time.
In the movie a secretary Marion Crane steals $40, 000 worth of money that a client was going to take to build a house and disappears with it. She drives for miles and ditches her car when a police officer sees her sleeping in it on the highway. The woman begins her journey as a fugitive again and eventually checks into the Bates Motel owned by a mother and her son that is off the highway. When Marion speaks to Norman Bates the son, he claims that is mother is very ill and he doesn’t want to put her into an institution. Despite that, it is clear that Marion gets comfortable and feels that she has gotten away from her crimes. However, she soon finds herself in worse trouble when Norman Bates stabs her to death.
Norman Bates continues on his killing spree by brutally murdering the detective that is investigating Marion’s case and believes that he has found her. However, when the secretary’s sister and boyfriend come to town to do some investigating for themselves, they soon find out about Norman’s dark secret.
While I love this movie dearly, there are a few aspects of it that might have some younger viewers hesitating to watch it because it seems or feels outdated. Some of the acting is a bit exaggerated for one to the point of being almost comical in some scenes. An example of this would be the detective Arbogast’s death scene, where Norman appears and stabs him to death on the stairs. Arbogast’s shocked face was not very impressive and ...