It’s another stop in our journey of appreciation for classic horror that helped shape the genre — this time checking in to “Psycho”.
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic! What else is there to say?
A pretty blonde lady steals some money to start over with her honey, then a severely messed up guy murders her because his dead mommy said to. It was the 60s; they didn’t know shit about mental illness or the criminal mind. But hey, that shower scene, though!
This essential horror classic that has continued to inspire filmmakers for generations and is deeply ingrained in our cultural awareness was produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay, written by Joseph Stefano, was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Martin Balsam.
Psycho was seen as a departure from Hitchcock’s previous film North by Northwest, as it was filmed on a lower budget in black-and-white by the crew of his television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Initially, the film divided critics due to its controversial subject matter, but audience interest and outstanding box-office returns prompted a major critical re-evaluation. It is now considered one of Hitch’s best films due to its slick direction, tense atmosphere, impressive camerawork, memorable score, and iconic performances.
Often ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior, and sexuality in American films and has been considered one of the earliest examples of the slasher film genre.
Hosts Chaos and Carnage are two best friends who love to talk about horror movies. They take turns picking a movie each week to terrorize their cohost with. And once the mics are on, the bickering and bantering begin. Best friends for 20 years, their bickering is aged like a fine wine. Or cheese. New episodes drop every Monday.
Spoilers and expletives abound.
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