It’s now more than 60 years old and hasn’t lost any of its impacts: Anyone who doesn’t know “Psycho” should check out ONE tonight – and experience a piece of cinema history.
“Psycho” is not only one of the greatest horror classics of all time but also a milestone in American cinema. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve simply missed out on a piece of cinema history. And that’s exactly what you can experience tonight on TV: ONE shows “Psycho” on May 11, 2022, from 10 p.m – of course, we can give an unreserved recommendation for it. The Hitchcock classic is suspense cinema par excellence, which has lost none of its impacts even after more than half a century.
“Psycho” already had a certain effect when it was released in cinemas, yes, even before that. Alfred Hitchcock made sure of that himself by forbidding his actors to give interviews. Because they weren’t allowed to reveal anything, after all, the film offers one of the most legendary twists in film history! He packed everything that people were allowed to know in advance of Master of suspense into a small, six-minute trailer or commercial in which he cunningly lured his audience down the wrong path – only to end up ripping the rug out from under them. And that’s exactly what the film still does today.
The legendary commercial for “Psycho”:
“Psycho”: More cult is not possible
Not only was Psycho the first movie to feature and hear a toilet flush (and once uproared morality watchdogs), but it is also a forerunner of the modern slasher film that later took a detour via the Italian Gialli peaked with films like Black Christmas and Halloween.
And yes, even those who know “Psycho”, the end of the story, the truth behind the legendary murder in the shower, are still captivated by Hitchcock’s simply brilliant production. From the outstanding camera work to the legendary film music by Bernard Herrmann and of course the outstanding Anthony Perkins in the leading role. The fact that the film has been referenced countless times over the past half century and has thus become an integral part of pop culture does not detract from the excitement. And since 2019 you can even see the black and white classic in the completely unabridged version that was thought lost for many years. Horror fan heart, what more do you want.
For all those who have no idea what the film is about because of the cult status of the film, here is a summary of the plot of “Psycho”: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is entrusted by her boss with $40,000 to take to the bank. But the young woman could use the money only too well herself and decides to run away with it. On her escape, she ends up in Norman Bates’ (Anthony Perkins) tranquil motel, where she stays for the night. A murderous night.
When her boyfriend Sam Loomis (John Gavin) doesn’t hear from Marion for a while, he sets out to find her with Marion’s sister Lila (Vera Miles) and a relentless detective (Martin Balsam) – and uncovers a terrible truth the track.