Friday, October 29, 2010
The Director: Alfred Hitchcock
The Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Janet Leigh
Release Date: August 25, 1960
There are few movies that stand alone like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho does. Though it's seen as the grandfather of the slasher genre, you'd never mistake it for Friday the 13th or Happy Birthday to Me. You could also say it belongs with serial killer films like The Silence of the Lambs or The Hitcher, but that doesn't quite fit either.
But it doesn't matter what else is out there, because Psycho offers a completely unique experience in horror. A lot of that is due to Anthony Perkins' performance as Norman Bates, which is as good as any performance in any movie. But the film's plot, featuring that famous mid-film shift in perception, and the masterful eye of Alfred Hitchcock, also stand out. This shouldn't be news to anyone who's ever read anything about Psycho, and there's not much new to say about the film 50 years later.
Except that you'll never seen anything like it.