Shh! A Secret Psycho Letter!
I Love My Mother
You say you want to know about the movie Psycho, huh? Well, what exactly would you like to know? I can’t take much time writing this. My mother gets suspicious. She can’t know I’m writing to you.
I can tell you that it’s an Alfred Hitchcock directed movie that came out in 1960. The screenplay was written by Joseph Stefan, but it wasn’t his original idea. The script was adapted from the novel of the same name by Robert Bloch who was inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein. In short, the movie is about a secretary, Marion Crane (subtly played by Janet Leigh), who has been embezzling from her employer. To keep from being discovered, she decides to runaway. Her plans are cut short though by a rainstorm. Seeking shelter, she decides to stay at a roadside motel that is run by Norman Bates (masterfully played Anthony Perkins) and his mother as their only guest. However, Marion’s story does not end happily. Under direction from his mother, Bates kills Crane with a butcher knife while she’s taking a shower. Though there is more to the story that is all I’m willing to divulge at this time.
At first, the movie wasn’t well-received. However, it did well at the box office and earned itself a re-review, this time more positive. Though none were winners, in total, the movie received four Academy Award nominations (Best Supporting Actress, Director, Cinematography and Art/Set Decoration).While it had several sequels and a remake, most fans of the original tend to try to forget them.
After one viewing, it is not hard to see why this film is a classic. In true Hitchcock style, the plot moves quickly and the big secret stays hidden till the very end. Beyond this though, Anthony Perkins’ performance, I believe, is what keeps people coming back for more. He is creepy, yet pitiful, a serial killer with no chance at a normal life from birth. When this movie first came out, the gore and violence made audience members sick. To think of what horror movies look like nowadays, Psycho is a family movie.
Well, I better close. Mother just called for me and I best not keep her waiting. I thank you in advance for keeping this letter our little secret.
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