Fav Films of the 60’s ~#3~ Psycho

14 Jul

Inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, Robert Bloch wrote his novel Psycho, which inspired the movie directed by the great Alfred Hitchcock. This movie could have made or broke the stars, Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. What it did was link the two of them to this film for the rest of their lives and careers.

Some say it is Hitchcock’s greatest work, and highly praised as a work of cinematic art by international critics, Psycho is also acclaimed as one of the most effective horror films. But regardless of what you think of it as a movie it is undeniably one of the most famous. The Shower scene is the most iconic scene in the film, arguably one of the most iconic scenes in film history, is the murder of Janet Leigh’s character in the shower. Although there is little visible gore portrayed on the screen, the shower scene is often regarded as one of the most frightening sequences in cinema history.

“The Shower Scene” has been studied, discussed, and referenced countless times in print and in film courses with debate focusing on why it is so terrifying and how it was produced, including how it passed the censors and who directed it.
It initially received mixed reviews but outstanding box-office returns, prompting a re-review which was overwhelmingly positive and led to four Academy Award nominations.


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