- Director: Alfred Hitchcock
- Writer: Joseph Stefano
- Release: September 8, 1960
When we reference this film, we are discussing the original and not an exact or similar remake. This is the 1960 Psycho film was directed by the infamous Alfred Hitchcock, a man known for multiple different suspenseful or horror classics. Though it came out in 1960 with technicolor in full swing, Hitchcock felt it needed to be black-and-white to offer a very unique feel to it. While there is some reliance on jump cuts, the most infamous part of the movie is a small shower scene where a woman is killed. This is thought to be the beginning of the slasher films where scantily-clad women are killed.
In fact, Psycho offered a lot of new acceptance to this behavior and deviance in films that were avoided previously. The movie revolves around Norman Bates and the Bates Motel. The man is psychotic but seemed to love his mother so much that he made sure she was part of his life…even after she died. He even takes on the personality of his mother at times to pretend in his mind that she is still there. Norman actually killed his own mother, as well as her lover, and potentially could kill others if he’s not stopped. Hitchcock helped to give us one of the most iconic and scariest movies of all time.