Movie Title: Psycho
Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Method of Viewing: Television
Location of Viewing: Home
Viewing with: No One
Rotten Tomatoes: 98% – Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn’t just create modern horror, he validated it.
My rating: ****
My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This movie manages to start at a strangely peaceful and quiet pace and keeps slowly ramping up the tension and paranoia till it reaches a haunting conclusion. The actors manage to convey so much with only their reactions, and each scene convinces you that death is just around the corner. My only frustration with this movie is a handful of overly long silent scenes. This is probably because I lack the patience necessary to appreciate parts of the movie, but it still did disrupt the building tension. Even with the occasional disruption, this movie deserves all of the credit it receives.
I don’t have much else to say about this film except to further emphasis the incredible amount of paranoia it built up. I’m partially spoiled due to the fame of the “shower scene”, so I at least knew the location of Marion Craine’s death. However, for audience simply going to a movie called Psycho, it must have been intense. The way she reacted with guilt, the way the cop followed her, the way every single person seemed to treat her. It must have seemed that death could soon come from any corner. A film that’s able to maintain suspense even when I already know part of the ending is truly a great film.