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In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the release of Psycho, I have two reviews of the first two "Psycho" films. I saw this up on the big screen where it should be seen and it was a lot more scarier up there. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it tells of a woman (Janet Leigh in the typical Hitchcock blonde role) who has just stolen some money. She takes off and eventually comes across the Bates Motel, where the showers are plentiful! The film still scares after all these years and that endlessly imitated score helps a lot. Anthony Perkins is still as wonderful as ever as Norman Bates, a jittery young man who takes care of the motel and his mother. This may not seem like much to the Freddy Krueger and Jason generation, but the folks back in 1960 hadn't seen anything like it.

The film still makes you not want to take a shower, it's so potent. Alfred Hitchcock made a surprising turn from his usual mystery genre to direct a film with scares and shocks, things that Hitch never had to use before. He was also the first director to show the graphic truths of murder in a film. The supporting characters are good, but the one that stands out is Martin Balsalm as a detective, who starts snooping around the motel to find out more info on Bates. You should see this on the big screen and see the shower scene and it's 78 camera angles in all it's glory.

My Rating = Four Stars

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