A shocking film for its time, Psycho is still a popular film today and has left its mark in pop culture and cinematic history. Anthony Perkins received critical acclaim for playing the role of Norman Bates and went on to reprise his role in the ensuing 3 sequels.
Each time I watch this film, I notice something different each time that I had never noticed before. This is a film for everyone, despite its ‘horror’ tag. At this point, over 50 years later, it is more about psychological horror than anything else.
And Anthony Perkins always stands out as the best actor in the whole film, even the role dogged his career and left him typecast for the rest of his life. At first he seems to be a atypical soft spoken ‘mother’s boy’ but as time goes on we learn that it is quite to the contrary.
Hitchcock really was a master of cinema and this film is rich in psychoanalysis and symbolism. I have become more of a fan of Hitchcock’s work after finishing FE college – maybe because I am watching the film on my own terms and not to tear it to pieces for the sake of a psychoanalysis essay? Hitchcock, I think, broke the rules in regards to film structure. For one thing, Marion is supposed to be the main character and she is killed off 40 mins into the film. Similarly, it definately showed that its not just the outright menacing characters that you need to be afraid of in movies.
MY RATING: 4.5 / 5.