Movie Reviews: “Psycho” (1960)

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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” was a game changer for suspense/horror cinema. It gave its audience a career making performance out of Anthony Perkins as the eerie Motel owner Norman Bates. It also gave its audience stellar directing & cinematography with unique camera shots to highlight the chilling story based upon Richard Bloch’s novel. All of the necessary ingredients to make a classic film were there, but “Psycho” is extra special because of the filmmaker’s innovation and Anthony Perkins’ passion, making the film a masterpiece.

The story follows Marion Crane, a woman who committed a crime and is running away, not from her crime per-say, but from the life she had and to find the man she is in love (and been having an affair) with. She pulls into a small motel for the night, the Bates Motel. I consider the motel itself to be one of the film’s best characters. There she encounters Norman Bates, and his Mother.

If you haven’t had the privilege of watching “Psycho” then I recommend you make it a priority for Halloween! Many people cite “Psycho” as the first slasher film. While that might not be quite accurate, it certainly was monstrously influential and something special when it was released, and still something special to this day.

4.0 out of 4.0 stars.

Film Review: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow Of A Doubt” (1943)

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Charlie is a young woman bored with life. To shake things up, she convinces her Mom to let their estranged Uncle Charlie come stay with the family for a while. The young woman is excited to meet the charming Uncle she is named after, but once two investigators come around and start asking questions, she finds that Uncle Charlie may not be who they think he is! He may be a man wanted for multiple murders!
I enjoyed this chilling film from the master himself. The performances by Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten were outstanding. I see why this film was nominated for an Oscar.

3.5 out of 4.0 stars.