Psycho (1960)

Psycho is the second Alfred Hitchcock directed film to be featured this month on our list, and for good reason. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, and John Gavin gives stellar performances in a movie way ahead of its time. Psycho is considered by fellow horror fanatics to be the first movie in the slasher genre, it has a body count and a female protagonist while also starting other tropes copied in movies for decades. Even though it was copied, it still has many elements that keep it original to this day.

What is genius about the story is that it takes several turns normal audiences wouldn’t expect. What would be a normal motivation for murder isn’t what turns out to be, it’s actually comical what happens to what the audience is suspecting the reason to be. That is what this movie does very well. I have to be vague on purpose, because it would be blasphemous if i spoiled anything for anybody who hasn’t seen this movie.

This review maybe short, but the less you know going in the better. There is a monologue at the end that I love, it explains why Norman Bates does what he does. While it could come off as tacked on, remember the subject matter wasn’t very popular in the 1960’s. This is a perfect example of a 10 out of 10 thriller. Also just like I pointed out in my Rear Window, sometimes it is what we are actually capable of is what’s truly scary.

 Connor Hesnan

Connor Hesnan