Film #12 of the Halloween 31
I got to see "Psycho" with a group of people in a class, most of whom had never seen the film before. Since "Psycho" is my second favorite Hitchcock film, I was glad to be able to watch the reactions of those experiencing the film for the first time.
There are so many great things about the writing the film. The writer's choice to invert the normal by killing the character seemed to be the protagonist about halfway through the film was such an amazing decision. The film has a lot to say about isolation, mental illness and its related stigma, and more, in a metaphorical way. The end scene zooming in on Norman is one of the most metaphorical in the film, and it's great.
The film's technical elements are also among the most amazing in a horror film ever. The shower scene is so perfectly shot. It heightens suspense, but it is also shot and edited as to avoid being distasteful, as to avoid issues under the Production Code. The blood looks great, and the camera movement is phenomenal. Another great shot is in the staircase scene, where the movement and position serves to continue the sense of mystery created throughout the film.
So overall, I really love "Psycho". It's a great film, and it's very enjoyable. If you haven't seen it, watch it immediately.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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