Based on the novel of the same name, Psycho changed the course of film and has been inspiring filmmakers and disturbing audiences ever since its release in 1960.
2020 was 60 years since it premiered to a reception of shock, awe and outrage. Perkins’ incredible depiction of the shy, nervous and deadly Bates is not wholly unlikeable: he’s charismatic, purposefully handsome and humanly flawed meaning he pulls us into his uncanny web of lies and delusions, and this makes his heinous actions all the more terrifying.
Hitchcock threw out the rulebook with this one, filming in black and white, killing his heroine off in the first third of the film, and casting a heartthrob as the murderous villain. It is a rare treat to be able to see Psycho on the big screen but this Halloween, Tyneside Cinema is bringing you this epochal Hitchcockian horror.