Psycho was on AMC the other night and I caught it from the beginning for the first time in years. I can’t remember the last time I saw the scene of Vivien Leigh driving in the rainstorm before she ends up at the hotel and meets Norman Bates.
The whole opening 20 minutes has an almost surreal, off-kilter feel. It is definitely a classic for many reasons beyond just the shower scene, but also just one of many from Hitchcock’s oeuvre that continues to influence filmmakers today. If you are a fan of the genre and Psycho, Vertigo, or Rear Window are the only films of his that you know, you are missing out.Read more “Beyond the Classics: 5 Overlooked Hitchcock Thrillers Worth Watching”