Psycho (1960)


Do you want to take a shower? The intensity of experience that this must have provided upon its release is lost on those of us who only discovered it on videocassette, but even today, the aura of depravity that surrounds a viewer of Hitchcock’s most famous film is surprising. In no small part indebted to Anthony Perkins’ creepy performance in the title role, this is the Hitchcock that sticks it to its audience in the most gleefully malicious ways.

[Released the same year as another touchstone horror picture, Peeping Tom]

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