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Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, ‘Psycho’, tells the story of a woman who stays at a seemingly normal hotel overnight only to encounter the unusual hotel owner, Norman Bates – a disturbed homicidal maniac with an identity crisis.
What makes this movie so great is the suspense throughout – there’s ongoing anticipation that is never quashed which makes it a fantastically effective horror.
It’s an archetypal display of ‘not everything is as it seems’, with twists that are only revealed later in the movie.
Iconic scenes from this film have been copied and replicated numerous times, which shows just how impactful certain moments were (I’m sure you can recognize some of them, including the shower scene).
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Continuing on from ‘Psycho’, this movie follows on two decades after the original murders at the Bates Motel.
With a new set of people around him, Norman Bates drifts back into his old habits, starts hearing voices again and tries not to let his past haunt him.
Although not as good as the original, ‘Psycho II’ still has some great suspenseful scenes that will leave you on the edge of your seat along with some interesting twists in the narrative.
Old habits die hard, right? Norman Bates is once again operating in his motel and he has succumbed to his old habits but tries to present a sane façade to others around him.
This movie could be seen as a sort of parody of the original ‘Psycho’ film – it was far more humorous and it was an interesting directorial debut from Anthony Perkins.
I can’t count how many times I’ve watched this movie – it gets better every time. It’s a masterful suspenseful horror full of psychological twists and disintegration.
Besides Kubrick’s faultless directing, the movie was carried by Jack Nicholson’s incredible portrayal of a character trying to get past his writer’s block by looking after an isolated a hotel over the winter period.
What ensue are demonic premonitions, manic tendencies and homicidal terror unleashed by the hotel’s dark secrets.
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‘Identity’ takes place within a motel setting and follows a group of stranded guests who get killed off one by one. The movie involves the search and investigation to discover who the murderer is.
There is mystery, psychological suspense and thrilling moments in the movie that will divide audiences and the twists will have you impressed but unsure of what to believe.
A couple (Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson) ends up at a remote hotel for the night after their car breaks down but they don’t realise they are being watched and are the latest stars in a series of snuff films.
The whole movie moves a bit too quickly for me but there is a feeling of dread throughout which will keep you on edge.
Looking for a few Alfred Hitchcock classics, which follow some themes presented in ‘Psycho’ while exploring different narratives? Then take a look at the next couple of recommendations.
What I like about this film is the character study – the lead has a methodically torturous psyche, similarly to Norman Bates in ‘Psycho’.
The main difference is that Bates hears voices and has psychopathic tendencies, while the detective lead character in ‘Vertigo’ is experiencing a cycle of madness and a lack of visual control.
This movie is about obsession, manipulation and fear. The reason why it’s such a classic is because of its complex storytelling mixed with suspense and the study of psychological tension throughout.
‘Rear Window’ is a mystery thriller that follows a wheelchair bound photographer who bides his time by shamelessly spying on neighbours and happens to witness a murder in the process.
The great thing about this movie is the perspective – just as the lead character is bound to one place, so are we. We see what he sees and we are trapped with him. We play a passive role as does the lead and it allows us to experience danger and suspense in the same way.
It’s a fantastic movie – what’s impressive to me is that fact that Hitchcock built the courtyard and many windows on a single set himself!
Films like ‘Psycho’ are hard to come by mainly because of its iconic nature, however there are movies out there that touch on similar themes but present them differently.
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