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Psycho (1960 movie)
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Produced by||Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)|
|Written by||Joseph Stefano (screenplay)|
Robert Bloch (novel)
|Music by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Cinematography||John L. Russell|
|Edited by||George Tomasini|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|June 16, 1960|
Psycho is a 1960 American slasher movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It is set in Arizona and California. It is considered to be one of the first modern horror films since modern horror began in the 1960s.
It tells the story of a young woman, played by Janet Leigh, who steals money from her workplace and runs away. When she stops at a motel for the night she is murdered by the hotel's owner, played by Perkins. The owner has dissociative identity disorder and is obsessed with his dead mother. The movie is famous for the unexpected death of Leigh's character early in the movie in the 'Shower Scene' which has in turn become very famous in popular culture. It is now known as the first "Slasher movie" and one of Hitchcock's greatest movies.
The movie is based on the book of the same name by Robert Bloch. This was inspired by the real life crimes of Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein. The movie was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director. The movie was the first motion picture to feature a toilet flushing.
The movie was remade in 1998.
|Anthony Perkins||Norman Bates|
|Janet Leigh||Marion Crane|
|Vera Miles||Lila Crane|
|John Gavin||Sam Loomis|
|Martin Balsam||Detective Milton Arbogast|
|John McIntire||Sheriff Al Chambers|
|Simon Oakland||Dr. Fred Richmond|
- Psycho (1960) on IMDb
- Psycho (1960) at Rotten Tomatoes
- Alfred Hitchcock Fans Online - Psycho (1960) Archived 2008-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Bright Lights Film Journal article on Psycho[dead link]
- Filmsite: Psycho In-depth analysis of the movie.
- Psychohouse WebSite Archived 2007-11-30 at the Wayback Machine
- The Psycho Movies Web Site
- Review of the UK Special Edition DVD release, by Brian Elliott of DVD Reviewer