Friday, October 28, 2011

The Month of Horror Day 28: Psycho (1960)

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! For our Friday edition of the series, Bellamy challenges the notion that a man's best friend is his mother. 

Wouldn't be right to not include a classic, and from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, this is one deeply disturbing movie. The themes 'Psycho' plays with throughout its runtime must have been controversial and slightly taboo upon its release in 1960; brutal murder, voyeurism, and schizophrenia aren't exactly light subject matter! Janet Leigh stars as a woman with a secret agenda of her own who, on a dark and stormy night, pulls into the notorious Bates Motel to spend the night. Something isn't right though, the manager played by Anthony Perkins seems very strange and awkward, her intuition turns out to be correct soon enough but it's too late, she shouldn't have taken that shower! 'Psycho' is a masterpiece, it's exceptionally well made, the acting is great and Perkins turns in a truly iconic, creepy performance for the ages. If you've somehow missed out on this film, do yourself a favour and check it out, although don't be surprised if you become suspicious of every roadside motel afterwards.

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