Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal slasher is rightly regarded as his most imitated and influential film, and one that single-handedly reinvented the horror genre. Marion Crane flees her city life following a robbery from her employer’s client and, unaware of what befalls her, she checks into the remote Bates Motel where she soon encounters the young proprietor Norman Bates. The ultimate Hitchcock masterpiece, this brilliant study of style, mood and madness is a must-see on the big screen.
Barry Adamson: “A double plot story that is a robbery in the first instance and psychological terror in the second, Psycho celebrates one of the most iconic themes in history with its ‘slashing violins’ shower scene. Bernard Hermann decided to use nothing but strings as a foil to Hitchcock’s ambivalence to having any music at all, and ended up concocting nothing less than a masterwork for cello and violin.”