History Film / Psycho

26th Nov '17 1:44:36 PM nombretomado
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* DefyingTheCensors: There is a rumor that this film was not passed for release because Janet Leigh's nipple (or more accurately, that of her body double) was visible during the shower scene. Hitchcock made no changes and merely sent it back, assuming that nobody at the [[TheHaysCode Hays Office]] would bother to watch it.

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* DefyingTheCensors: There is a rumor that this film was not passed for release because Janet Leigh's nipple (or more accurately, that of her body double) was visible during the shower scene. Hitchcock made no changes and merely sent it back, assuming that nobody at the [[TheHaysCode [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode Hays Office]] would bother to watch it.
4th Nov '17 8:13:03 AM jamespolk
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* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: Norman's reaction in the novel when he is peeking at Marion in her room.

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* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: Norman's reaction in the novel when he is peeking at Marion in her room.



* TheSheriff: Al Chambers

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* TheSheriff: Al ChambersChambers, who doesn't think much of Lila's wild tale.



* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Marion's eyes do this, though in a ArtisticLicenseBiology moment.

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* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Marion's eyes do this, though in a ArtisticLicenseBiology moment. (In RealLife pupils dilate at death.)
4th Nov '17 7:40:32 AM jamespolk
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* AlasPoorVillain:
** It's difficult not to feel sorry for Norman. After all, he was warped by a very twisted upbringing and the murders were not really done out of malice on his part.
** To a less extent, Cassidy. He came across as a bit of a creeper, but the implication is that he will not get his $40,000 back, which is about 300 grand in 2017 money. Not to mention his daughter is presumably not going to get her extravagant wedding gift.

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* AlasPoorVillain:
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AlasPoorVillain: It's difficult not to feel sorry for Norman. After all, he was warped by a very twisted upbringing and the murders were not really done out of malice on his part.
** To a less extent, Cassidy. He came across as a bit of a creeper, but the implication is that he will not get his $40,000 back, which is about 300 grand in 2017 money. Not to mention his daughter is presumably not going to get her extravagant wedding gift.
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30th Oct '17 9:46:29 AM AnotherGuy
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* DaylightHorror: Though they all take place at night, the four scariest scenes in the film--the shower scene, Arbogast's death, the reveal of Norman Bates as the killer, and the final scene where Norman has an extremely creepy interior monologue--all occur not just in well-lit rooms, but rooms with lights that are actually intense and glaring in the case of the shower and reveal scenes. One of the scariest moments is [[NothingIsScarier Vera walking up to the Bates Motel.]]

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* DaylightHorror: Though they all take place at night, the four scariest scenes in the film--the shower scene, Arbogast's death, the reveal of Norman Bates as the killer, and the final scene where Norman has an extremely creepy interior monologue--all occur not just in well-lit rooms, but rooms with lights that are actually intense and glaring in the case of the shower and reveal scenes. One of the scariest moments is [[NothingIsScarier Vera Lila walking up to the Bates Motel.]]
30th Oct '17 9:42:46 AM AnotherGuy
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* DaylightHorror: Though they all take place at night, the four scariest scenes in the film--the shower scene, Arbogast's death, the reveal of Norman Bates as the killer, and the final scene where Norman has an extremely creepy interior monologue--all occur not just in well-lit rooms, but rooms with lights that are actually intense and glaring in the case of the shower and reveal scenes.

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* DaylightHorror: Though they all take place at night, the four scariest scenes in the film--the shower scene, Arbogast's death, the reveal of Norman Bates as the killer, and the final scene where Norman has an extremely creepy interior monologue--all occur not just in well-lit rooms, but rooms with lights that are actually intense and glaring in the case of the shower and reveal scenes. One of the scariest moments is [[NothingIsScarier Vera walking up to the Bates Motel.]]
30th Oct '17 4:28:56 AM JamesAustin
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* OedipusComplex: What drove Norman to commit his first murders ([[UnreliableNarrator if his description of events in the fourth movie are to be trusted, anyway]]).
** It's pretty obvious he suffers from this based on dialogue from the first film.

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* OedipusComplex: What drove Norman to commit his first murders ([[UnreliableNarrator if his description of events in the fourth movie are to be trusted, anyway]]).
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25th Oct '17 10:08:54 AM JamesAustin
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After that, ''Psycho'' changes gears into something more along the lines of a PsychologicalHorror story, while retaining a few noir elements. The rest of the film follows the investigation into Marion's disappearance, first by a private detective (Martin Balsam) hired to recover the money she stole, and then, after he also falls victim to the knife-wielding psycho, by Marion's lover (John Gavin) and her sister (Vera Miles). It appears that Norman's mother may be killing off any woman he shows an interest in; the local sheriff (John [=McIntire=]) mentions two other unsolved disappearances of young women in the area. This leads into...

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After that, ''Psycho'' changes gears into something more along the lines of a PsychologicalHorror story, while retaining a few noir elements. The rest of the film follows the investigation into Marion's disappearance, first by a private detective (Martin Balsam) hired to recover the money she stole, and then, after he also falls victim to the knife-wielding psycho, by Marion's lover (John Gavin) and her sister (Vera Miles).(Creator/VeraMiles). It appears that Norman's mother may be killing off any woman he shows an interest in; the local sheriff (John [=McIntire=]) mentions two other unsolved disappearances of young women in the area. This leads into...
10th Oct '17 7:39:48 AM JamesAustin
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''Psycho'' begins as a FilmNoir-style crime thriller: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), a secretary at a Phoenix real estate office, steals a large amount of cash from her employer's client and sets out for California, where she plans to hook up with her lover and start a new life. After two days of driving--plus an unnerving encounter with a highway patrolman and a hasty exchange of cars--she stops for the night at the desolate, out-of-the-way Bates Motel, run by nervous MommasBoy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who lives with his domineering mother in an ominous Victorian house behind the motel.

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''Psycho'' begins as a FilmNoir-style crime thriller: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), (Creator/JanetLeigh), a secretary at a Phoenix real estate office, steals a large amount of cash from her employer's client and sets out for California, where she plans to hook up with her lover and start a new life. After two days of driving--plus an unnerving encounter with a highway patrolman and a hasty exchange of cars--she stops for the night at the desolate, out-of-the-way Bates Motel, run by nervous MommasBoy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who lives with his domineering mother in an ominous Victorian house behind the motel.



* AdvertisingCampaigns: In a campaign considered unusual for the average movie, signs and trailers reminded people not to come in late to ''Psycho''. Hitchcock commissioned these to make sure everyone got a chance to see Janet Leigh's scenes, and they also ensured that viewers would not miss any important plot information. Previous Hitchcock movies then became re-released with ads reminding moviegoers to see each from its beginning.

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* AdvertisingCampaigns: In a campaign considered unusual for the average movie, signs and trailers reminded people not to come in late to ''Psycho''. Hitchcock commissioned these to make sure everyone got a chance to see Janet Leigh's Creator/JanetLeigh's scenes, and they also ensured that viewers would not miss any important plot information. Previous Hitchcock movies then became re-released with ads reminding moviegoers to see each from its beginning.
9th Sep '17 11:44:47 AM evilwillhunting
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Marion tells her boss she plans to spend the weekend in "bed," Cassidy's reaction is one of lewd amusement. Given the [[DirtyOldMan kind of fellow he is]], he clearly didn't think she meant rest.
9th Sep '17 11:38:07 AM evilwillhunting
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* AlasPoorVillain:
** It's difficult not to feel sorry for Norman. After all, he was warped by a very twisted upbringing and the murders were not really done out of malice on his part.
** To a less extent, Cassidy. He came across as a bit of a creeper, but the implication is that he will not get his $40,000 back, which is about 300 grand in 2017 money. Not to mention his daughter is presumably not going to get her extravagant wedding gift.


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* DirtyOldMan: Cassidy, well into his 60s, casually tries to flirt with 22-year-old Marion. The fact that a man his age has a teenage daughter also implies [[SugarDaddy he likes them young]].
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