History Film / Psycho

16th Jun '16 7:17:38 AM ACW
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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Robert Bloch's novel was published in 1959, and Hitchcock's film sticks very close to the novel's plot. Other than the AdaptationalAttractiveness (see above), the only main difference in the novel is that the conversation between Marion ("Mary" in the book) and Norman actually takes place in the house.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Robert Bloch's Creator/RobertBloch's novel was published in 1959, and Hitchcock's film sticks very close to the novel's plot. Other than the AdaptationalAttractiveness (see above), the only main difference in the novel is that the conversation between Marion ("Mary" in the book) and Norman actually takes place in the house.
14th May '16 9:25:24 PM AnotherGuy
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-->'''Norman:''' A boy's best friend is his mother.
14th May '16 9:23:27 PM AnotherGuy
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* MyBelovedSmother: The relationship Norman has with his domineering mother, as he covers up for her. [[spoiler: Then we find out the trope still holds true - but ''from beyond the grave''.]]
8th May '16 4:05:17 PM DrOO7
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* {{Irony}}: "Mother" refuses to swat a fly--but had no problem with killing Marion and the others.
8th May '16 3:48:17 PM DrOO7
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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: At the end, on the window of an office in the police station.
-->"Office Of Deputy District Attorney. Alan Deats, Deputy District Attorney."
1st Apr '16 9:00:09 AM Movienut376
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**ThrowItIn: This was Anthony Perkins' idea.
1st Apr '16 4:50:55 AM Faberlich
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Being such a popular movie, it naturally spawned three sequels (one being made-for-TV) that few know exist. Despite {{Sequelitis}} naturally setting in, they received better reviews than expected:

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Being such a popular movie, it naturally spawned three sequels (one being made-for-TV) that few know exist. Anthony Perkins reprised his role and even directed the third movie. Despite {{Sequelitis}} naturally setting in, they received better reviews than expected:
25th Feb '16 12:59:13 PM Mdumas43073
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Arguably the best-known film directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, '''''Psycho''''' was released in 1960.

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Arguably the best-known film directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, '''''Psycho''''' was released in 1960.
16th Jan '16 2:32:46 PM Anddrix
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* ViewersAreMorons: Surely the only explanation for the psychiatrist scene.
** Creator/RogerEbert criticized that scene in his 1998 review of the film, saying it "marred the ending of a masterpiece" and was "an anticlimax taken almost to the point of parody." Hitchcock, having made ''Psycho'' before villains as psychologically screwed up as Norman Bates were commonplace, may have believed that the audience would be unable to accept his behavior unless the motives were spelled out in explicit detail. Knowing that doesn't make the nearly-five-minute speech any easier to sit through, though.
*** Knowing Hitchcock's usual methods of audience manipulation, he was probably invoking this ''on purpose'', to make the smarter members of the audience uncomfortable with the idea that this pat explanation is all that's necessary to understand Norman.
22nd Nov '15 12:25:35 PM DrOO7
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* PsychoticSmirk: ''Marion'' displays this, while driving along and imagining the reactions of everyone as they realize that she's fled with the money, particularly Mr. Cassidy.
** [[spoiler: Norman has a slight one at the very end]]
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