Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1960 • United States
Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
The movie that revolutionized the horror genre and made people think twice before stepping into the shower, Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO remains one of the most shocking and influential films of all time. In a momentary lapse of judgment, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) steals $40K from her boss and hits the road. But then comes a detour at the creepy Bates Motel, an encounter with unsettlingly amiable proprietor and mama’s boy Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), and a hot shower . . . Shot through with black comedy, Hitchcockian doubling, and much-analyzed Freudian subtext, PSYCHO set a new standard for screen violence—with Bernard Herrmann’s screeching, all-strings score ratcheting up the tension.