History YMMV / Psycho

2nd Apr '16 11:20:00 PM JulianLapostat
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* OutOfTheGhetto: For low-budget horror and slasher films. Hitchcock, himself a PigeonHoledDirector, was fascinated by William Castle's cheap horror productions and was curious to see if he could make a movie of that kind and raise it out of its ghetto. Usually associated with an elegant type of thriller (featuring high production values and A-list stars). He made ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' cheaply with little known actors and created perhaps the most commercially successful horror movie ever made, one of cinema's most iconic villains and launched the slasher genre, and also scored one of the few Best Director nominations he ever recieved. Thanks to the film's low-budget, great success and Hitchcock getting a bigger share of the profits, its a movie with a very high profit margin and it was the first time a horror movie became as much of a box-office sensation as an EpicMovie, TheWestern and TheMusical.
1st Apr '16 8:56:20 AM Movienut376
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*CreatorBacklash: In an interview with American Movie Classics not long before his death, Anthony Perkins mentioned that he felt his directorial effort on Psycho III wasn't as good as he'd like due to his inexperience.
**It's worth mentioning that despite this, the cast and crew is said to have enjoyed the experience of working with him.
14th Mar '16 2:01:13 PM Kytseo
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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Shower Scene is an infamous example. If the movie was put in theatres today, most, if not all, people in the audience would probably watch on with indifference to the scene, and possibly complain over the bad special effects. However, it's important to take into account that the movie was released in the early ''60's''. At the time, the directors were not allowed to show explicit voilence, nudity or a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking toilet flushing.]] (Hitchcock got that last part through, though.) Through fast-cut editing, timing, and effect, Hitchcock made it happen as explicit as the film industry would allow, which is why it was a great shock and terror to the people back then; you had not even expected someone to make a scene work that way. The world was left into a state of awe and terror for a long time after its premiere.
* SignatureScene: The Shower Scene, whre Marion Crane gets stabbed to death by Norman Bates.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Shower Scene is an infamous example. If the movie was put in theatres theaters today, most, if not all, people in the audience would probably watch on with indifference to the scene, and possibly complain over the bad special effects. However, it's important to take into account that the movie was released in the early ''60's''. At the time, the directors were not allowed to show explicit voilence, violence, nudity or a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking toilet flushing.]] (Hitchcock got that last part through, though.) Through fast-cut editing, timing, and effect, Hitchcock made it happen as explicit as the film industry would allow, which is why it was a great shock and terror to the people back then; you had not even expected someone to make a scene work that way. The world was left into a state of awe and terror for a long time after its premiere.
* SignatureScene: The Shower Scene, whre where Marion Crane gets stabbed to death by Norman Bates.
14th Mar '16 1:59:34 PM Kytseo
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* SignatureScene: The Shower Scene, whre Marion Crane gets stabbed to death by Norman Bates.
6th Mar '16 1:55:02 AM dmeagher13
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** The very last scene of the first film where Norman is sitting in the jail while a very high-pitched and cheesy voice-over of his "Mother" personality plays. Not helping matters is the fact that Norman's SlasherSmile can come off as {{Corpsing}}, inciting the view to laugh along with him.
9th Feb '16 10:17:38 AM TywinLannister
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** Norman and Mary in "Psycho II" was quite popular too. As their chemistry was very believable and Mary was a very likable character.
6th Feb '16 12:22:04 PM Silverblade2
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* CompleteMonster: Norma Bates, Norman's abusive mother. She kept him isolated all his life, sexually abused him, emotionally abused him, physically abused him, locked him in the closet multiple times after dressing him up as a girl, prevented him from ever having confidence in himself, made excuses to beat him while telling him that he deserved it, told him that all women were whores who would ruin his life, told him that she should have ''had an abortion to prevent him from being born'', made him completely dependent on her, tossed him aside after finding a man of her own, and never felt a single shred of regret for abusing the son she emotionally dominated. [[spoiler: Despite being finally killed by her vengeful son, her atrocious personality ''still lives on'' inside of Norman's traumatized psyche, preventing Norman from ever having a normal life.]]
11th Jan '16 5:16:49 PM Winner1
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dr. Raymond from ''PsychoII'' is a minor, but faithful ally to Norman Bates. Considering that he's trying to help Norman resume a normal life [[spoiler: and derail Lila's EvilPlan to drive him insane again]], it's no wonder why this small character somewhat appreciated. By coincidence, he also happens to be the ''only'' helpful male character working with Norman.



* FanPreferredCouple: Norman and Maureen from ''Psycho III'' were the only couple with the most chemistry.



* FridgeHorror: In the shot that pulls back from Marion's eye, it is possible to see her throat moving just slightly. Presumably this was simply because Janet Leigh couldn't remain totally still during the rather complicated shot, but if one likes, there is a more chilling interpretation: that Marion, while mortally wounded, ''wasn't quite dead yet'' and wouldn't be until she was put in the car and drowned in the swamp.

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* FridgeHorror: FridgeHorror:
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In the shot that pulls back from Marion's eye, it is possible to see her throat moving just slightly. Presumably this was simply because Janet Leigh couldn't remain totally still during the rather complicated shot, but if one likes, there is a more chilling interpretation: that Marion, while mortally wounded, ''wasn't quite dead yet'' and wouldn't be until she was put in the car and drowned in the swamp.swamp.
** In ''Psycho II'', it's revealed that there was also a peephole drilled in between Norman's bathroom and his mother's room that he never knew about. If you remember his [[DirtyOldWoman mother]], then you know [[ParentalIncest why that peephole exists]].



* 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!"
** In the sequel ''PsychoII'', Norman's motel is run by a {{jerkass}} drug dealer admitting prostitutes, perverts, and drug addicts into rooms. The previous motel manager from ''Series/BatesMotel'' was human trafficker who also dealt drugs on the side.


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* MoneyMakingShot: From ''Psycho II'', the shot of a shadowed Norman standing outside his house in the dark as his "mother" watches by the window.


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* ParanoiaFuel: Every film involves someone spying on another person through purposely constructed peepholes drilled in the bathrooms.


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* TakeThatScrappy: In ''Psycho IV'', the therapist who diagnosed Bates at the end of the first movie is called out on his bullshit by none other than Creator/CCHPounder.
4th Dec '15 8:21:58 AM Pren
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* ValuesResonance: It's pretty cool to see this film, released in what was basically the Dark Ages as far as views of non-heterosexuals were concerned, go a bit out of its way to point out that Norman should ''not'' be considered a transvestite, or have his evil actions ascribed to such an identity.
14th Nov '15 6:45:38 PM Winner1
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* CompleteMonster: Norma Bates, Norman's abusive mother. She kept him isolated all his life, sexually abused him, emotionally abused him, physically abused him, locked him in the closet multiple times after dressing him up as a girl, prevented him from ever having confidence in himself, made excuses to beat him while telling him that he deserved it, told him that all women were whores who would ruin his life, told him that she should have ''had an abortion to prevent him from being born'', made him completely dependent on her, tossed him aside after finding a man of her own, and never felt a single shred of regret for abusing the son she emotionally dominated. [[spoiler: Despite being finally killed by her vengeful son, her atrocious personality ''still lives on'' inside of Norman's traumatized psyche, preventing Norman from ever having a normal life.]]


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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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* MoralEventHorizon: It's very likely that Norma Bates passed it long ago, but she became the most monstrous character in the series when we find out about all the despicable abuses she tormented her son with.


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