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7 Movies like Psycho: Hotel Murders

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Hannah Nwoko itcherIt’s not easy to find movies like ‘Psycho’ – it’s one of a kind and fairly unique. But if you can’t get enough of it, hopefully you’ll like this list of similar recommendations, including ‘The Shining’, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Identity’. ~ Hannah Nwoko

A Classic, Horror Masterpiece

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).

If this is your kind of movie, take a look at some other similar suggestions below!

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Movies Similar to ‘Psycho’…

‘Psycho II’ (Richard Franklin, 1983)

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.

Similarity Match: 95%
I felt as though the soundtrack in the original ‘Psycho’ movie was more fitting and added to the suspense more than in ‘Psycho II’ however both movies were still clever and took an interesting approach to the slasher genre.

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‘Psycho III’ (Anthony Perkins, 1986)

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.

Similarity Match: 95%
This movie has more humour than ‘Psycho’ however both follow the same character who is falling back into his old ways.

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‘The Shining’ (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)

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.

If you love the movie as much as I do, check out a few fun facts about ‘The Shining’.

Similarity Match: 80%
Like ‘Psycho’, this movie is a classic in it’s own right. While ‘Psycho’ has famous scenes, this movie has famous lines. The main difference between the two films in my opinion is the visuals – I found ‘The Shining’ had stunning scenes and immense direction.

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‘Identity’ (James Mangold, 2003)

‘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.

Similarity Match: 70%
Like ‘Psycho’, ‘Identity’ is full of twists and suspense that will keep you engaged throughout, however I found ‘Identity’ was more intense and confusing.

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‘Vacancy’ (Nimród Antal, 2007)

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.

Similarity Match: 60%
This movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, unlike ‘Psycho’, but both have a good amount of thrills and creepy characters.

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If You Like ‘Psycho’, You Will Like…

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.

‘Vertigo’ (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

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.

Both movies have themes of madness, deception and murder however, they are completely different genres – ‘Psycho’ is a horror and ‘Vertigo’ is a romance thriller.

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‘Rear Window’ (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

‘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!

This movie includes themes of voyeurism similarly to ‘Psycho’ but the main difference is that in ‘Vertigo’ we only see what the main character sees as the movie is from his perspective.

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Not Your Average, Everyday Hotel

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.

If you know of any other similar movies that weren’t on this list, feel free to let us know!

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