Psycho (1960) Film Review

Tuesday, 11.16.21

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The 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film, Psycho, starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and others, is a psychological thriller, filled with drama, mystery, and suspense. Norman Bates is mentally ill because he was abused by his mother to hate women so that he would always remain with her, and probably preventing him from abandoning her for another woman. When she had died, he was alone, fearing intimacy with other women. So, he had developed a psychological problem to keep his mother alive. He had become dependent on her because he wasn’t able to live on his own. He talks to her and with her, and he even uses her voice, to keep her spirit alive. He dresses up as his mother and assumes her identity, before stabbing his victims. He is like a recluse hermit.

Marion Crane takes out $40,000 cash from the bank and drives off. She stops at the Bates Motel because she is tired. She meets Norman. He gives her a room, makes her a sandwich, and helps her feel comfortable. But she starts to sense something isn’t right with Norman and his mother.

After Norman kills Marion in that famous shower scene, her sister Lila and Marion’s boyfriend Sam hire a Private Investigator to find her. They all know she took $40,000 with her. The PI interrogates Norman. As he continues looking for clues and Marion inside the house, Norman jumps out and stabs him. Sam and Lila start to worry. They go to the Sheriff, before they all go searching for the PI.

Norman had placed Marion’s dead body inside the trunk of her car, before pushing it into the river.

The police take Norman to the police station, and he is diagnosed with some mental disorder. They pull out Marion’s car from the river, realizing that Marion is dead.

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Fifi Leigh

Fifi Leigh

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, but raised in America, and now a Cali Girl.