Psycho is number fourteen on AFI’s anniversary list and we watched it over two evenings last week. I had seen the famous shower scene years ago, but I don’t think I ever watched the whole thing from start to finish. My husband hadn’t seen it either. Alfred Hitchcock made the movie in 1960 starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Janet Leigh as Marion Crane. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards.
Marion is presented with an opportunity to steal a large amount of cash from her employer and takes it. She starts a road trip to meet up with her boyfriend when a storm forces her to stop at a run down motel off the road. She meets the disturbed owner Norman Bates and her fate is pretty much sealed from there.
It was interesting to watch the movie knowing the twist (SPOILER – Norman has killed his mother and is pretending to be her) because Hitchcock does not let the audience on this until the very end. If you didn’t know what was happening, you would think she was alive and interacting with the characters.
The movie still holds up and is appropriately creepy and disturbing.