On September 8, 1960 the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho premiered. People became attracted to this movie when the announced that there would be no one allowed in the theater once the movie started. Not wanting any secrets revealed many people left the theater in shock, yet honoring Hitchcock’s request.
When the movie opens we meet Marion Crane and her boyfriend Sam Loomis. With Sam low on money, Marion steals some from her employers client. Quickly she leaves town knowing that she has committed a crime. On her travels she meets a policeman who scares her into buying a new car. Knowing that she could be caught and jailed for her deed, she decides to make things right and head back. But, on her way she stops at Bates Motel. She meets Norman after seeing a profile of his mother in the window. Norman gives her a room and she eats dinner with him. However, she learns that his mother is very over protective of him, even calling Marion a whore. Later that night Marion is murdered by the mother in the shower. Norman discovers the crime, cleans up after his mothers mess, and disposes of any trace of Marion being there.
Meanwhile, we learn that Marion’s sister is looking for her as well as police for the amount of money she has stolen. When Sam is approached by Lila and the police, the two start their own investigation. Soon they hire a private investigator who ends up being murdered when he encounters the Bates Motel and Mrs. Bates. When they don’t hear back from him Lila and Sam head up their own investigation. Along the way they learn that Mrs. Bates has been dead for many years leaving them with confusion. When the two get to the motel, they find Norman who puts them in a different room. Posing as a couple, Sam tries to get Norman to confess while Lila enters the home of the Bates. When Norman catches on he knocks out Sam and runs into his home. There Lila learns the truth about Norman Bates and his mother. Many of you know what happens, but I will not reveal what happens next.
Psycho is one of those films that has stood the test of time entertaining, scaring, and inspiring people. On September 8, 1960 Psycho premiered astound audiences everywhere. Nothing quite matches up to Alfred Hitchcock’s genius in this film making.