Parents need to know that psycho is one of the scariest movies ever made, even though it's far less explicit than a lot of what's in theaters now still, this is a frightening movie, and judgment should be used about which kids will enjoy it and which will find it disturbing. With psycho, his blackest, most cynical and most manipulative feature, hitchcock introduced the american nightmare strain into the genre he also revived the fast-fading art of montage with the now legendary shower sequence.
The most dramatic difference between alfred hitchcock's psycho (1960) and gus van sant's shot-by-shot remake is the addition of a masturbation scene that's appropriate, because this new psycho evokes the real thing in an attempt to re-create remembered passion. Psycho is not a long film but it feels long perhaps because the director dawdles over technical effects perhaps because it is difficult, if not impossible, to care about any of the characters.
Audience reviews for psycho a seminal classic of horror by master alfred hitchcock, with some of the most memorable iconic scenes in the history of cinema tense, horrific and a superb lesson in filmmaking, it offers well-constructed characters, a lot of revealing dialogue and a huge regard for details. Psycho is perfect because: 1) it is in black and white, not blazing technicolor which would have stained the film for no purpose and made the shower murder less artistic (hitch may have went the route of director michael powell who became an outcast once his technicolor murder flick peeping tom was seen) 2)the featured star disappears a third of the way through igniting a new method of scriptwriting and casting. Hitchcock deliberately wanted psycho to look like a cheap exploitation film he shot it not with his usual expensive feature crew (which had just finished north by northwest) but with the crew he used for his television show.
Psycho ranks second on a list of alfred hitchcock's four masterpieces, following vertigo and followed by north by northwest and rear window, which ranks number four only because it lacks a bernard herrmann score.
Psycho turns out to be an exception the story, adapted from a novel by robert bloch, has to do with the fate of one marion (janet leigh), an uninhibited secretary, who steals $40,000 from her employer and drives off into the night to meet her lover (john gavin.
Psycho is a brilliant excursion into fear that pushes many of our primal buttons, but it lacks the story and character complexity of vertigo and rear window read full review 70.