"★★★★★ – The best horror film of all time" – Guardian
"★★★★★ – Timeless classic" – Empire
"Psycho, in its dark and sordid extravagance, remains utterly contemporary" – New Yorker
The original theatrical cut of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic, restored in 4k and back on the big screen for spine-chilling cinematic glory.
Marion Crane, a Phoenix secretary, is on the run after stealing $40,000 from her employer to clear her lover’s debts and start a new life. A violent rainstorm forces her to pause her journey and pull in to rest at the Bates motel, greeted by young, well put-together Norman, she checks in to spend the night. Norman invites her to dine with him, though problems arise when conversations overheard put him seemingly under the thumb of his unseen, domineering Mother.
The master of suspense bolstered his title with this feature, shot in black and white initially as a cost-saving exercise but later becoming a central device to the shock horror throughout the piece. Based on Robert Block’s novel of the same name, which is in turn based on serial killer Ed Gein, the macabre story is expertly manipulated by Hitchcock, as are the audience whom he directs just as much as he directed the actors on screen.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Janet Leigh
1960 US, 109mins