DVD - 1998
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Horror melodrama in which a woman disappears after spending the night in an isolated motel which adjoins an eerie Victorian mansion, inhabited by a disturbed young man and his mother.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, c1998.
Edition: Collector's ed.
ISBN: 9780783225845
Branch Call Number: DVD Fic Psyc
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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ArapahoeJillA Oct 02, 2019

Hitchcock at his best! I love the suspense, the thrills, and the fabulous cinematography. It's a must see for everyone who likes to be scared.

This is a fair show. It’s not very scary due to it being in black and white though and even the shower scene was well, sad. However the last half of the show things actually started to get better. The voiceover part was actually cool though and the house part was too! The acting wasn’t great though but, it was probably decent quite a few years ago. Even though I already knew how it ended (one of my teachers may have spoiled it for a film unit) it was still cool watching the ending again. A slow start but near the end it gets good. 100% not one of the best movies I’ve seen but also not the worst.

Sep 05, 2019

Well, f-f-folks - What could I possibly say about Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" that hasn't already been said about a 1000 times before?

There can certainly be no doubt about this film's undeniable impact on slasher/horror films that is still being imitated to this very day, 60 years down the road.

I'm sure that Hitchcock never realized how influential this film was going to be on the genre of psychotic killers when he first set out to direct it.

Sep 04, 2019

This was a rather exciting film - though it started slowly - up until the last 10 minutes or so, when the psychologist's explanatory monologue/ lecture simply ruined the film. The music, especially in the first two thirds of the film really complemented the action. The rest of the film is also marred by excessive uses of cutbacks.

Jul 18, 2019

Great movie. I have always wanted to watch this classic and it is very good!

Apr 03, 2019

As is probably well-known by now, Hitchcock would allow NO ONE into the theater after the film started. That was because he did the classic misdirect to lull the audience into think they were going to see the old NORTH BY NORTHWEST chase thriller: Young Woman ( Big Name Movie Star) has stolen money and is now on the run. Will she get away? All of a sudden, twenty minutes into the movie POW! She's Brutally Murdered! WHAT THE H%%# IS GOING ON? You, the viewer, have just had the props knocked out from under you and now you have NO IDEA what's going to happen next! The infamous shower scene still has the power to make you cringe - Janet Leigh makes you feel each and every one of those stabs pound into her body. She accomplishes what most victims in today's slashers cannot - she makes you feel pain and she makes you cry. And Anthony Perkins creates the Little Boy Who Never Quite Grew Up. ENJOY!

Aug 15, 2018

A Blu-ray has been available for this film for eight years, yet this library hasn't the presence of thought to shelve a better dvd rendering than this non-anamorphic first issue dvd. Get with it KCPL. This is a classic film that redefined film making and deserves better. The truest representation of Hitch's subversive personality.

Jul 05, 2018

This 1960’s classic horror film tells the story of Marion Crane who is on the run after stealing $40,000 from her boss so that she could give the money to her boyfriend. While running away, she finds herself in an old motel on a back road after being driven away by a storm. Here she encounters Norman Bates, a strange man with odd interests and a peculiar fascination with his mother. This film is timeless and continues to be terrifying to this day, with old-school film techniques and incredible acting. I would rate this film 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to universal horror film lovers. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public LIbrary

Psycho is the original movie that started the slasher genre. Before Psycho, the censors would not allow such explicit violence, premarital sex, and insanity onscreen. The Psycho novel inspired seven spin-off movies, comic books, and a TV series. The bizarre star of the show, Norman Bates, was similar to a real-life murderer called Ed Gein, known as “The Butcher of Plainfield”, despite the fact that writer Robert Bloch only heard about Gein as he was finishing the novel on which the film is based. My only complaints are that the movie takes an exorbitant amount of time to get going in the beginning, and that Marion, the main protagonist (played by Janet Leigh) dies in the first third of the movie. It was a waste of character development. The most shocking revelationto a modern audienceis that the killer (played by Anthony Perkins) looks eerily similar to our former Ontario premier, Dalton McGuinty. 4/5. @TheLastSarcasm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jan 23, 2018

A masterpiece of horror and suspense.

Nov 30, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock's often imitated slasher film from 1960 which was intended to be a black comedy of sorts, but everyone has taken it all way too seriously.

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Jan 23, 2018

Norman Bates: It's not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?

Marion Crane: Yes. Sometimes just one time can be enough.

Laura_X Oct 26, 2016

We all go a little mad sometimes.

Oct 13, 2013

"We all go a little mad sometimes."

Mar 15, 2013

"Let me put it this way - She may have been able to fool me..... But she didn't fool my mother!"

laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

"Mother...what's the phrase?...isn't quite herself today."


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cathyf3 Jan 07, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock directed this horror film in 1960. It is the story of a young woman Marion who in a moment of weakness steals $40,000 dollars from her employer. She gets scared and paranoid and drives off the main roads. She ends up at the Bates Motel which is in front of a big creepy house. That image tells the viewer this will not end well. When Norman comes to the desk, you think,he seems OK.
But Norman did have issues with Mom.
I remember when it first came out women refused to shower when no one was home.


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Oct 14, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This film contains a single naked body so blurred that it can scarcely be considered nudity. There are no cuss words and the "violence" is not violent. Anticipation, music, and shadows on the wall are where the horror comes from, but for some that'll be terrifying enough.

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