“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“Mother! Oh God, mother! Blood! Blood!”
When it comes to directors famous for suspense, the most famous would have to be Alfred Hitchcock. When it comes to on screen murders, the most famous would have to be Janet Leigh in the shower. When it comes to the most famous pieces of music associated with a movie. The most famous would have to be Jaws. But a close second would be the screaming strings in the Janet Leigh shower murder scene. When it comes to the most famous twists and reveals, the identity of Janet Leigh shower killer is right up there. I guess what l’m saying is, based purely on legacy alone, Psycho deserves every bit of praise it has ever received. It also doesn’t hurt that Psycho is one of the tightest, most efficient and well told suspense thrillers of all time.
After embezzling $40,000 from her boss, Marion Crane (Leigh) hits the road. Woken up on the side of the road by a highway cop, her paranoia leads Marion to buying a new car and taking to the road once more. Basically, she’s doing the kinds of things that will make her stand out and be remembered, if anyone comes asking questions later. During a bad storm, she loses the highway and ends up on a small, back road in the middle of nowhere. A small, back road where she finds the Bates Motel. (more…)