This week’s film is yet another classic Hitch film, Psycho. Psycho is a film that is famous for several reasons and contains one the most iconic scenes in film history. 

WHAT HAPPENED?

A secretary (Janet Leigh) steals $40,000 from her boss and goes on the run; she soon finds herself at the sinister Bates Motel and meets the owner a strange young man (Anthony Perkins) who is strangely obsessed with his mother.

THE GOOD

Whereas many of the previous Hitch films build tension in order to create drama; this film builds tension to insight fear and horror. This is a nice change and a great example as to how similar filmic techniques can be adapted across genre, from the slow building start to the high-tension moments and all the twists and turns it is obvious why this film is seen as a game-changing horror film. 

There are brilliant moments of tension throughout the film, particularly at the start in which Leigh debates within her mind whether or not to take the money; this is increased by the constant threat of police following her; making it all the more haunting when the police aren’t there at the moment she made need them.

The film is incredibly creepy with Anthony Perkins portraying the disturbed wimp to a brilliant degree in what is one of the greatest performances by any actor within a Hitchcock film thus far.

The shower scene is the true masterpiece for which this film is remembered and rightly so; it is an astounding piece of tension building and quick cuts; perfectly matched by the beautiful score; a perfect scene.

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THE BAD
The only problem that I have with this film is that the audience is given no real person to back, this is obviously done intentionally as it does add a lot to the tension built up during the film; its just a unconventional choice which I felt hindered my enjoyment every so slightly, particularly when I knew what was about to happen.

CAMEO O’CLOCK

Hitchcock makes a cameo at the start of the film standing outside a window wearing a cowboy hat.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Psycho is a film, which portrays true genius and is the sort of film to which I was alive to see at the time when it would have been highly original. 5 Hitchs.

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