History YMMV / Psycho

12th Jul '17 9:37:35 AM CosmicFerret
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** Towards the end of the movie, a police psychologist declares that Norman isn't homosexual, just "confused". Anthony Perkins was homosexual in real life, though (like other gay leading men of the day) this wasn't revealed until after his death.
7th Jul '17 3:40:45 PM WildeOscar
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* DullSurprise: Sam Loomis. In a film full of memorable performances, he comes off like a complete stiff (no pun intended).
12th May '17 8:46:31 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Composed, once again, by BernardHerrmann.

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** Composed, once again, by BernardHerrmann.Music/BernardHerrmann.
3rd May '17 9:19:49 AM JulianLapostat
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** As noted above the
2nd May '17 6:41:37 PM Winner1
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* HilariousInHindsight: ''Psycho'' was released 6 years after Hitchcock's ''Film/RearWindow,'' where the character of Stella questions where Thorwald, the suspected murderer, would've killed his wife in their apartment. "Of course, ''the bathtub''! It's the only place he could've washed the blood!"

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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''Psycho'' was released 6 years after Hitchcock's ''Film/RearWindow,'' where the character of Stella questions where Thorwald, the suspected murderer, would've killed his wife in their apartment. "Of course, ''the bathtub''! It's the only place he could've washed the blood!"blood!"
** Marion Crane's well-known death in the shower scene becomes this when in ''Series/BatesMotel'' she ironically gets SparedByTheAdaptation [[spoiler: and her boyfriend Sam Loomis gets killed instead.]]



* ParanoiaFuel: The film involves someone spying on another person through purposely constructed peepholes drilled in the bathrooms, and an affable handsome young man, who is outwardly normal being an insane SerialKiller.



* ParanoiaFuel: The film involves someone spying on another person through purposely constructed peepholes drilled in the bathrooms, and an affable handsome young man, who is outwardly normal being an insane SerialKiller.



* CaptainObviousReveal: [[spoiler: Duane Duke]] being EvilAllAlong and the main antagonist of ''Psycho III'' came as an obvious reveal to ''everyone'' since his villainy was not hidden at all.
* CatharsisFactor:
** Norman killing his abusive mother Norma and her jackass boyfriend, slowly and painfully.
** [[spoiler: Duane Duke's KarmicDeath.]]



* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Pretty much the big reason why ''Psycho III'' is divisive among fans was because of how depressing the tone was.



* FanonDiscontinuity: The made-for-TV film ''Bates Motel'' is mostly ignored by fans because of how disconnected it was with the franchise, to the point where it could've been a separate movie entirely.



* HarsherInHindsight:
** Sam Loomis dying in between the original movie and ''Psycho II'' becomes this [[spoiler: when in ''Series/BatesMotel'' he gets the death in the shower instead of Marion. You could also count how in the original sequel novel, he got killed by Norman alongside his wife Lila, who did suffer a CruelAndUnusualDeath in the second film.]]
** [[spoiler: Norman earning his happy ending in the final ''Psycho'' film really becomes this since in the series ''Series/BatesMotel'' Norman ends up killed by his own brother because he will never adjust to normal society and be forever deemed a monster. Ouch.]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: [[spoiler: Norman's previous love interests Mary and Maureen's deaths were not all for nothing as they were able to inspire Norman with enough hope in himself that he eventually did pull a HeelFaceTurn in the fourth movie that stuck.]]



* NauseaFuel: [[spoiler: Duane Duke ''kissing'' Emma Spool's corpse.]]



* SoOkayItsAverage: ''Psycho III'' is not as good as the first two films, but it's surprisingly entertaining on its own.

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* SoOkayItsAverage: SoOkayItsAverage:
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''Psycho III'' is not as good as the first two films, but it's surprisingly entertaining on its own.own.
** ''Psycho IV'' has also gotten this reaction since it does a good job at showing the traumatic backstory to Norman, but is mostly not as visually challenging or deep as the previous installments.


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* VindicatedByHistory: ''Psycho III'' and ''Psycho IV'' were not well-liked upon release, but a lot of viewers started to see that they weren't as bad as most horror movie sequels and even contained some genuinely good moments in them.
30th Apr '17 10:38:51 AM nombretomado
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* {{Narm}}: The last shot of ''Psycho III.'' Anyone else suddenly want to hum some Creator/TomLehrer?

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* {{Narm}}: The last shot of ''Psycho III.'' Anyone else suddenly want to hum some Creator/TomLehrer?Music/TomLehrer?
22nd Mar '17 4:31:43 PM Mdumas43073
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* GenreTurningPoint: In addition to marking, for some, the end of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, Psycho is seen to have heralded modern American cinema. Critics note that ''Psycho'' more or less codified and defined the new mainstream of American cinema. Instead of idealized stars, you had characters playing normal people, at least relative to the mainstream of the time. More importantly it blurred the line between high and low art, with crude pulp material (dealing with illicit sex, robbery and a depraved SerialKiller) becoming as profitable, if not more so than the EpicMovie, TheWestern, TheMusical and other prestige films which Hollywood, before and after ''Psycho'', still saw as their major bread-and-butter, but by the end of TheSixties had become unfashionable and unpopular.

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* GenreTurningPoint: In addition to marking, for some, the end of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, Psycho is seen to have heralded modern American cinema. Critics note that ''Psycho'' is heralded by many critics as more or less codified codifying and defined defining the new mainstream of American cinema. Instead of idealized stars, you had characters playing normal people, at least relative to the mainstream of the time. More importantly it blurred the line between high and low art, with crude pulp material (dealing with illicit sex, robbery and a depraved SerialKiller) becoming as profitable, if not more so than the EpicMovie, TheWestern, TheMusical and other prestige films which Hollywood, before and after ''Psycho'', still saw as their major bread-and-butter, but by the end of TheSixties had become unfashionable and unpopular.
21st Mar '17 10:33:39 PM Mdumas43073
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** Marion's fate could also be seen as an ''extreme'' application of "crime does not pay". She never would have ended up where she did if she hadn't embezzled the money from Mr. Cassidy in the first place.
25th Feb '17 9:37:17 PM JulianLapostat
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The film teaches viewers to be wary of strangers. Just because someone looks or seems like a normal person doesn't mean that you should immediately trust them. Otherwise, you could end up dead or in serious harm if you misjudge someone mysterious. As Marion Crane found out the hard way.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: FamilyUnfriendlyAesop:
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The film teaches viewers audience to be wary of strangers. Just because someone looks or seems like a normal person doesn't mean that you should immediately trust them. Otherwise, you could end up dead or in serious harm if you misjudge someone mysterious. As Marion Crane found out the hard way.way.
** Most shockingly, at least on early release, the film emphasizes that a SerialKiller can reside in and inhabit any community, even one that is potentially normal, and unassuming. The sheriff's shock at the end about Norman Bates' true nature, the fact that he had killed others before Marion and most people didn't notice it, only highlights the general paranoia that still makes the film very scary.


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* GenreTurningPoint: In addition to marking, for some, the end of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, Psycho is seen to have heralded modern American cinema. Critics note that ''Psycho'' more or less codified and defined the new mainstream of American cinema. Instead of idealized stars, you had characters playing normal people, at least relative to the mainstream of the time. More importantly it blurred the line between high and low art, with crude pulp material (dealing with illicit sex, robbery and a depraved SerialKiller) becoming as profitable, if not more so than the EpicMovie, TheWestern, TheMusical and other prestige films which Hollywood, before and after ''Psycho'', still saw as their major bread-and-butter, but by the end of TheSixties had become unfashionable and unpopular.


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