- August 12, 2023 at 1:51 pm #119604
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Psycho movie summary
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay, written by Joseph Stefano, was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Martin Balsam.
The plot centers on an encounter between on-the-run embezzler Marion Crane (Leigh) and shy motel proprietor Norman Bates (Perkins) and its aftermath, in which a private investigator (Balsam), Marion’s lover Sam Loomis (Gavin), and her sister Lila (Miles) investigate her disappearance.
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Psycho movie analysis
“Psycho” remains a demanding and disturbing movie; it conveys the thrill felt by a murderer as well as his torment. It’s ultimately an existential conundrum that blames nature itself as the source of deadly madness, and even the scene that Kael called “arguably—Hitchcock’s worst scene,” the psychiatrist’s explanation at the end—has a profound place in the schema: the doctor can diagnose and explain a phenomenon that he’s seemingly powerless to foresee or cure. There’s no redemptive ending, no love story that conquers all, no promise that such ills won’t be repeated.
Source: The New Yorker
- August 17, 2023 at 1:31 pm #119816
Psycho is one of the most mysterious and thrilling movies I’ve ever watched. The film which is based on a novel is psychologically grounded on some issues, such as dissociative identity disorder, Oedipus Complex in Freudian Psychology, and others.
The first time I watched Psycho, I thought Marion was the main character or protagonist. Then to my astonishment, she was murdered by the motel owner. Afterwards, I thought the private investigator could solve the puzzle. Then again, I was taken by surprise when he, too, got killed by Norman Bates, the motel owner.
What’s more, I had no idea Marion’s sister would be the one who could unravel the mystery, which indeed was the climax of the story and concealed to me till the last moment.
To truly understand the sophisticated plot of the story, you need to watch it at least three times as recommended by renowned films critics. Yet, when well-understood, you could realize how dangerous and life-threatening a psychopath can be to other people.
- August 17, 2023 at 6:01 pm #119828Armaghan HoushmandParticipant
I truly enjoyed this movie. It was filled with thrillers and conundrums. The famous shower scene gave me goosebumps. The genius of the director, the writers, and the rest of the crew members was completely evident in the whole movie.
- August 18, 2023 at 1:32 pm #119870
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- August 17, 2023 at 6:06 pm #119829Soroosh HoushmandParticipant
Psycho is one of the best horror movie that I have ever seen. And the ting I am interested in is that it made in 1960 but it was so scary that , for example that part that the mother of Norman baets attack Marin and killed her that part completely maked me shocked and the 60% was just for the scary song and the another 40% was for the quick attack that was Been made so scary and nice . But I didn’t like the subject of the film . But it doesn’t matter because normally scary movies doesn’t have a subject or important subject, so I give it 7 out of 10.
- August 18, 2023 at 1:30 pm #119869
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- August 17, 2023 at 7:10 pm #119832Farhang HooshmandParticipant
A really complicated psychological problem reflecting very brriliantly in a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who believed as one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. As critics believe, I think it needs more than one time to watch the movie to understand its complicacy. I was not only deeply affected by the horror exhibiting in its scenes and sophisticated plot hidden in all parts of the movie but also profoundly scared of potential psychopaths who already have haunted anonymously like ghosts in the society.
- August 18, 2023 at 1:29 pm #119868
* Alfred Hitchcock who is believed as …
* horror exhibited in its scenes
* haunt as an intransitive verb requires an object.
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