Honestly this was the first time I had ever seen Psycho, or any films by Hitchcock for that matter. The only thing I knew about the film was the classic shower scene that has been reference in so many other shows. Despite that, I’m glad I was able to watch and write about it.
This film told the tail of a woman who stole money from the client of her boss all for the sake of being able to marry her lover. The first half of the movie was basically her trying to get to California to be with him while at the same time laying low from the authorities. Just before reaching California, she comes across an old motel and decided to stay for the night because of the horrible weather. There she meets a man who runs the motel with his mother. It is a clear that this man is infatuated with the women when he invites her to have dinner with him and he even peeps on her when she is changing. Then we get to the famous shower scene with the ten shots per second and the unrealistic stabbing. We assume that the killer was the man mother when he enters the room surprised and like a good boy, he cleans her mess.
At this point, it’s almost as though the story line changes. Who I thought was the main character is now dead at the bottom of a swamp and story begins to now focus on what happened to the women. With the efforts of the women’s lover and sister, they go to the motel and uncover the truth: that there was no mother but rather the motel owner had split personality disorder. On the one hand he was himself and on the other he was his “mother”. The movie ends with the motel owner in a cell with the mother personality in charge and the man’s original self taken over.
This movie was creepy in a nutshell but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Those scenes of suspense were we were left wondering what each character was thinking were excellent. What’s more, the movie made great use of see things through the perspective of the characters. When the women was stopped by the cop and we get a good look at him, we could feel the same intimidation she was feeling.