History Film / Psycho

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]].
20th Aug '17 2:27:26 PM NWolfman
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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Allegedly to save time and money on special effects, as they could use chocolate syrup rather than having to mix up a batch of KensingtonGore. Hitchcock also said that in color, the fake blood going down the drain would be pink, and pink is not scary.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Allegedly to save time and money on special effects, as they could use chocolate syrup rather than having to mix up a batch of KensingtonGore. Hitchcock also said that in color, the fake blood going down the drain would be pink, and pink is not scary. Another rumor exist that color would have made the murder scene too gory, which would have pulled viewers out of the narrative.
5th Apr '17 8:58:21 PM Mdumas43073
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* NobodyPoops: This was the first American movie to show a toilet, implying people have to use it. This was SeriousBusiness at the time, no pun intended.

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* NobodyPoops: This Averted; this was the first American movie of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode era to show a toilet, thereby implying people have to use it. This was SeriousBusiness at the time, no pun intended.
25th Mar '17 8:14:21 PM Mdumas43073
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* BaitAndSwitchComment: Marion, nervous and paranoid from her encounter with the police officer that morning, pulls into California Charlie's used car lot and starts looking over the vehicles for sale. Then the dealer himself comes up behind her...

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* BaitAndSwitchComment: Marion, nervous and paranoid from her encounter with the police officer that morning, pulls into California Charlie's used car lot and starts looking over the vehicles for sale. Then the dealer himself comes up behind her...
23rd Mar '17 10:15:50 AM Mdumas43073
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* LargeHam: Simon Oakland's psychiatrist at the end of the film seems to be one of these in-universe as well as out.

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* LargeHam: Simon Oakland's psychiatrist at Mr. Cassidy and the end of the film seems to be one of these psychiatrist, in-universe as well as out.
23rd Mar '17 10:13:39 AM Mdumas43073
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* LargeHam: The psychiatrist at the end.

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* LargeHam: The Simon Oakland's psychiatrist at the end.end of the film seems to be one of these in-universe as well as out.
23rd Mar '17 10:11:56 AM Mdumas43073
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* LargeHam: The psychiatrist at the end.
23rd Mar '17 8:39:43 AM Mdumas43073
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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 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 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.
23rd Mar '17 8:38:48 AM Mdumas43073
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The story, adapted by Hitchcock and screenwriter Joseph Stefano from Creator/RobertBloch's novel of the same name published the year before, has not one but ''two'' major plot twists; at the time, Hitchcock went to great lengths to keep them secret (including an ad pleading, "Don't give away the ending -- it's the only one we have"), but these days, most people know about both thanks to PopCulturalOsmosis, even if they [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame know nothing else about the film]].

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The story, adapted by Hitchcock and screenwriter Joseph Stefano from Creator/RobertBloch's novel of the same name published the year before, has not one but ''two'' major plot twists; at the time, Hitchcock went to great lengths to keep them secret (including an ad pleading, "Don't give away the ending -- it's ending--it's the only one we have"), but these days, most people know about both thanks to PopCulturalOsmosis, even if they [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame know nothing else about the film]].



* {{Adorkable}}: Initially, at least. Norman is handsome and sweet-natured, but stammering and shy - a little socially awkward. Hitchcock deliberately cast Perkins in the role to create this type of character, saying:

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* {{Adorkable}}: Initially, at least. Norman is handsome and sweet-natured, but stammering and shy - a shy--a little socially awkward. Hitchcock deliberately cast Perkins in the role to create this type of character, saying:
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