Wednesday, September 2, 2015


1960 American Feature

Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Frank Albertson and Pat Hitchcock
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Joseph Stefano, based on the novel by Robert Bloch

After a secretary steals $40,000 from her employer, she goes on the run and checks into a remote motel managed by a strange young man under the domination of his mother.


  • Internet Movie Database: 8.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 94%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available


  • Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Supporting Actress (Leigh), Black and White Cinematography and Black and White Art Direction.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Leigh).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Drama.

  • Robert Bloch's Psycho was first published in 1959, just one year prior to the film's release. Bloch later wrote two sequels — Psycho II in 1982 (in which Norman Bates escaped the insane asylum by dressing as a nun) and Psycho House in 1990 — that are unrelated to any of the movie sequels.
  • While writing the screenplay, Joseph Stefano was in therapy dealing with his relationship with his own mother.
  • Casting Call: Angie Dickinson, Carolyn Jones, Shirley Jones, Brian Keith, Hope Lange, Piper Laurie, Eleanor Parker, Lee Remick, Cliff Robertson, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Stanley, Rod Taylor, Tom Tryon, Lana Turner and Stuart Whitman.
  • On set, Alfred Hitchcock always referred to Anthony Perkins as "Master Bates".
  • First American film to show a toilet flushing on screen.
  • Mary Tyler Moore actor Ted Knight has a brief role as a policeman.
  • The MPAA objected to the use of the term "transvestite" to describe Norman Bates in the final scene. They insisted it be removed until screenwriter Joseph Stefano proved to them it was a clinical psychology term and not, as they thought, a vulgarity.
  • Considered one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films and praised as a work of cinematic art by international film critics and film scholars, Pyscho set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films. It is also widely considered to be the earliest example of the "slasher movie" genre.
  • Twenty-three years after the original, Psycho II was released in theaters, followed by Psycho III in 1986. The prequel, Psycho IV: The Beginning, was made for television and aired on Showtime in 1990. Anthony Perkins returned to play Norman Bates in all three sequels and directed Psycho IV.
  • The 1987 TV movie Bates Motel, starring Bud Cort as a fellow mental patient of Norman's who inherits the titular establishment, was a failed pilot for a television series. The similarly titled but otherwise not related Bates Motel premiered on A&E in 2013. A "prequel/reboot", the series takes place during Norman's teen years but is set in the present day. Freddie Highmore stars as Norman and Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma. The series has been renewed through at least a fifth season, to air in 2017.
  • In 1998, Psycho was ranked #18 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • Gus Van Sant's much-maligned "shot-for-shot remake" of Psycho, starring Vince Vaughn as Norman and Anne Heche as Marion Crane, was released in 1998. 
  • In 2001, Psycho was ranked #1 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2003, Norman Bates was the ranked #2 villain on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2005, "A boy's best friend is his mother" was ranked #56 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2005, Bernard Herrmann's iconic Psycho score was ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's "25 Greatest Film Scores" list.
  • In 2007, Psycho was ranked #14 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.
  • Stephen Rebello's 1990 book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho was adapted for film in 2012. Titled Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins played the title role, with Helen Mirren as his wife Alma, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

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