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7/31/20

Psycho: movie review & a mini review of The Man Who Know too Much

Psycho Poster
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rated: R

Year Release: 1960

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Summary: A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Review: This year is the year of the first. It’s the first time I have seen the Matrix trilogy, the first I have seen The Terminator, the first time I have seen Fight Club, the first time I have seen The Godfather, and this is the first time I have seen Psycho. Since my mom got mad at me for watching Virago without her, I had to watch this with my mom. Why? My mom is a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock as I am.

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is one of his most iconic films to this day. The shower scene along with the music sequence has been parody to death. Watching the scenes leading up to the shower scene brings out the suspense more. Given what can and can't be done back then, the effects are forgivable. The detective falling down the stairs is laughable.
 
Anthony Perkins's performance is great in his portrayal of Norman Bates. I have seen the TV series Bates's Motel which is quite faithful to the character.


  • Director Sir Alfred Hitchcock originally envisioned the shower sequence as completely silent, but Bernard Herrmann went ahead and scored it anyway, and upon hearing it, Hitchcock immediately changed his mind. 
  • Every theater that showed this movie had a cardboard cut-out installed in the lobby of Sir Alfred Hitchcock pointing to his wristwatch with a note saying "The manager of this theatre has been instructed at the risk of his life, not to admit to the theatre any persons after the picture starts. Any spurious attempts to enter by side doors, fire escapes or ventilating shafts will be met by force. The entire objective of this extraordinary policy, of course, is to help you enjoy PSYCHO more. Alfred Hitchcock" 

The Man Who Knew Too Much Poster

Summary: An American physician and his wife take matters into their own hands after assassins planning to execute a foreign Prime Minister kidnap their son.

Review: I would say this is my least favorite Alfred Hitchcock's film. It’s not a bad film. Any of Hitchcock's movies are enjoy and they range from good to great. I just wasn't fully engaged with the story. I will give it another watch. I did like the scene in the theater where the camera shows a woman then cuts to the orchestra than to a man walking around with a knife. The tension that builds up in that scene plays out well. 

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