DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Disgruntled Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She only gets to meet her lover Sam during lunch breaks and they cannot get married because of Sam's high alimony payments. One Friday, Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and run, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.

Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2008]
Edition: 2-disc special ed. widescreen presentation
Branch Call Number: DVD Horror PSYCHO
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (109 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Alfred Hitchcock's psycho


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The classic! Don't check in at the Bates Hotel!

Alfred Hitchcock's treatment makes this a classic of the horror genre and a must see.

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Jun 07, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You really don't get much more suspense than Hitchcock and this is arguably his best. Yes it's dated, no, in this day of CGI and intense psychological horror it doesn't watch well. But you have to remember when it came out. In 1960 (which was far far before my time by the way) horror wasn't about special effects. it was solely story driven and this movie when you look at it that way, was terrifying. By now most people know the big secret scares, but even knowing them, i think you will find it enjoyable.

May 17, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Psycho came out, it was front page stories of the murder scene in the movie. Everyone was talking about it on television, radio and print media. So is it as controversial as it was thought to be? I say it is just a great movie by one of the masters of movie makers.
"Hitchcock" the movie made more recently gives all the background on the production of the movie "Psycho".
Watch the original first and then if your curious, take a look at the background of the movie.

Apr 22, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the definitive Hitchcock Masterpieces and also the film that defined a new component of the horror genre. PSYCHO grabs at you and doesnt let go for the duration. Anthony Perkins gives his career defining performance as the nervous, yet introverted and eventual psychotic Norman Bates. This movie also made many a person wary of taking a shower again, however I wont give anything away. Seeing is believing. PSYCHO is a film of strong impact that will stay with you.

Oct 13, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Back when horror films were more than just jump scares, there was a little-known film called PSYCHO. This film is intriguing. It's a shame if the twist has been ruined for you or that famous scene (you know the one). I loved it when I watched it the first time, not knowing anything, and I greatly enjoyed it. This film is more than just one scene and you have to applaud the actor Anthony Perkins for his pitch-perfect nuanced performance. I'd definitely recommend it, at least for one screening, and all the better if you know nothing about it going in!

Jun 20, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the Top 10 classic 'English' movies (my researched #8). The perfect horror movie, and the only horror film in the top 60+ films; the next film being "Jaws" at #69. See my GerryD Lists for other classic movies.

May 22, 2013

If you are interested we talked about this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club. We discuss three movies a month and we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.

Apr 11, 2013
  • pemberely rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best Alfred Hitchcock movie ever made. My heart pounded when Norman Bates as Mother came on the scene. Scary fun!

Mar 15, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

From its sexually-charged opening sequence featuring Marion and Sam in a sleazy, Phoenix hotel room, to the shocking "slice-n-dice" shower-scene in cabin #1 at the Bates Motel, 1960's Psycho (as far as horror movies go) has got to be one of the most influential and imitated (but never yet matched) maniac-killer pictures of all-time._____ I really don't think that Alfred Hitchcock ever realized what a literal Pandora's box he was opening up when he directed this picture. But a Pandora's box it was 'cause, even now (nearly 55 years down the road of a seemingly endless parade of psycho-killer flicks) I see that A&E Network is introducing a new TV series called the "Bates Motel". (Talk about flogging a horror movie sub-genre to death!)_____ All-in-all, it's actually surprising to see that the original Psycho still does manage to deliver a considerable-sized wallop, even though, by today's gruesome standards of horror, it has been diminished in its overall intensity by a noticeable notch, or two.

Jan 03, 2013

hee hee hee this is a good movie

Dec 23, 2012
  • AislingN rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Not scary AT ALL!! It's still a great movie! Very suspenseful and really worth a watch.

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Oct 13, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"We all go a little mad sometimes."

Mar 15, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Let me put it this way - She may have been able to fool me..... But she didn't fool my mother!"

Feb 26, 2012
  • laustcawz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Mother...what's the phrase?...isn't quite herself today."


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Oct 14, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 14, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This film contains a single naked body so blurred that it can scarcely be considered nudity. There are no cuss words and the "violence" is not violent. Anticipation, music, and shadows on the wall are where the horror comes from, but for some that'll be terrifying enough.


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