Gory Goodness: Norman Bates Is An Original “Psycho”

Posted on Feb 26 2013 - 8:31am by Jason Delacey

Gory Goodness: Psycho

1960 **Spoilers Ahead** With Bates Motel bringing back Norman Bates I thought what better movie to talk about for Gory Goodness than the original Psycho.

A little back story about me and this movie is that I did not actually see this until I was in my early 20’s. I had seen the famous shower scene parodied many times before. And I had heard of the movie, but for what ever reason I never made the effort to track the movie down.

Then when I was at University one I had to watch the movie for one of my classes and I really did enjoy it. It is really hard for me to talk about this movie because I really feel that to have fully appreciated it you had to have seen it back when it was first released. I am sure it must have blow movie patrons minds.

The story starts off pretty simple. We have a young woman who steals some money and makes a run for it. She ends up staying at the Bates Motel which as you all know is the worst thing she could have possibly done. We meet the creepy Norman Bates who appears to be a total mommy’s boy and just a all round weirdo

One of the things that I love about the movie and I am sure it must have been shocking for the people who saw this back in 1960 was that our heroine dies relatively early on in the movie. And of course there is the big twist at the end which I am sure pretty much anyone who has ever watched a movie knows by now.

Psycho is a great movie, but for me by the time I saw it I wasn’t really able to enjoy the movie as much as I would have liked to. I can fully appreciate how it helped shape the way horror and thriller movies are made still to this day. I still think that this is one of those movies that everyone owes it to themselves to watch just so they can say they have seen it. And I am sure it will get you even more excited for the Bates Motel TV series.

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  1. Tyrone February 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    An absolute classic in so many ways. It’s scary for one and two from an artistic standpoint it’s just amazing. I saw this movie when I was kid probably 8 years old and I swear for the next 10 years I locked the bathroom door and would periodically pull back the shower curtain looking for a killer. The movie is so good and it’s one of Hitchcock’s incredible films.

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