My Favourite Film "Psycho"

by daniela aleksieva

Synopsis



Psychological horror thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam. The screenplay by Joseph Stefano was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. At first the film is set in Phoenix but later - mainly in Bates Motel.

Plot

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. From her motel room she can hear Norman and his mother arguing from their house just up the hill. Later, she and Norman have a few friendly chats and finds him charming, and he falls head over heels for her, but soon after, Marion is murdered by what appears to be an older woman. An investigator comes to inspect the murder and is killed himself in the process. Her sister - Lila - and former lover back at home - Sam - personally make the journey to Bates Motel to get to the bottom of this once and for all. After the events of Marion and the investigator, they are almost positive that Norman's mother is a suspect.


But who is to blame?


"Like I said... the mother... Now to understand it the way I understood it, hearing it from the mother... that is, from the mother half of Norman's mind... you have to go back ten years, to the time when Norman murdered his mother and her lover. Now he was already dangerously disturbed, had been ever since his father died. His mother was a clinging, demanding woman, and for years the two of them lived as if there was no one else in the world. Then she met a man... and it seemed to Norman that she 'threw him over' for this man. Now that pushed him over the line and he killed 'em both. Matricide is probably the most unbearable crime of all... most unbearable to the son who commits it. So he had to erase the crime, at least in his own mind. He stole her corpse. A weighted coffin was buried. He hid the body in the fruit cellar. Even treated it to keep it as well as it would keep. And that still wasn't enough. She was there! But she was a corpse. So he began to think and speak for her, give her half his time, so to speak. At times he could be both personalities, carry on conversations. At other times, the mother half took over completely. Now he was never all Norman, but he was often only mother. And because he was so pathologically jealous of her, he assumed that she was jealous of him. Therefore, if he felt a strong attraction to any other woman, the mother side of him would go wild. When he met your sister(Marion), he was touched by her... aroused by her. He wanted her. That set off the 'jealous mother' and 'mother killed the girl'! Now after the murder, Norman returned as if from a deep sleep. And like a dutiful son, covered up all traces of the crime he was convinced his mother had committed! In Norman's case, he was simply doing everything possible to keep alive the illusion of his mother being alive. And when reality came too close, when danger or desire threatened that illusion - he dressed up, even to a cheap wig he bought. He'd walk about the house, sit in her chair, speak in her voice. He tried to be his mother! And, uh... now he is. Now, that's what I meant when I said I got the story from the mother. You see, when the mind houses two personalities, there's always a conflict, a battle. In Norman's case, the battle is over... and the dominant personality has won."


While Norman is sitting in a detention room at the local courthouse, Norma's voice is heard protesting that the murders were Norman's doing and that she "wouldn't even harm a fly."

Unforgettable quote:

We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you? - Norman Bates

cast

trailer

Psycho Official Trailer 1960 HD

soundtrack

Psycho (1960) Soundtrack OST (as heard in the movie)