Psycho (1960) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Psycho (1960)

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  • Release Date:  1960
  • Genre:  Crime & Giallo, Slasher
  • Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
  • Screenwriter:  Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
  • Cast & Crew: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Frank Albertson, Patricia Hitchcock, Vaughn Taylor, Lurene Tuttle, John Anderson, Mort Mills

Psycho (1960) Rating:

  • Dylan = 10 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8 / 10;
  • Ronan = 10 / 10;
  • Simina = 9.5 / 10;
  • Andrew = 9 / 10;
  • IMDB = 8.5 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.5 / 10

Psycho (1960) Synopsis:

A young woman escapes with 40 000$ in cash, stolen to her boss. During her trip, she stops for the night in the remote Bates Motel where the friendly owner comes to greet her.

Psycho (1960) Review:

Psycho is usually rated as the best horror film ever made. I will probably make a few enemies by saying that it is a little exaggerated. The main reason for me being that it is not so much a horror film in essence, but rather a suspenseful thriller.

This said Psycho is still an unforgettable film, and a classic of psychological horror. What really impressed me was the quality of the dialogues. They are always meaningful, with lots of clever quotes and fascinating sub-stories. All the lines are important and none are here just to fill up the movie. This really contrasts with the mainstream lame dialogues found in modern slasher, which mostly target a teen audience.

The movie really rapidly builds up a great suspense (no wonder, since Hitchcock made it). The first part where the girl escapes with the money is really captivating, and is definitely my favorite moment of the movie. Then, I thought the rest of the story was not on the same level. It is always difficult to criticize films from directors as notorious as HItchcock, but I will risk saying that the part in between the first murder and the end was really lengthy. The character of the detective is really interesting, but again, once he appears, the film turns mostly into a police investigation film.

The end is however great and compensates for most of the lengths in the second part of the film. For this, and a few unforgettable scenes, Psycho truly deserves the status of cult horror films. The film is however a little overlooked in my opinion and those expecting to see the best horror film of their lives will go on for a disappointment. Instead, Psycho is this type of film that you will want to see multiple times in order to fully appreciate its depth.

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