Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
1960 | USA | 109 minutes
Friday, October 25, 2019, 7pm
Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn't just create modern horror, he validated it.
Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.
"What makes Psycho immortal, when so many films are already half-forgotten as we leave the theater, is that it connects directly with our fears." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times