Date: Sunday 5th August
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'Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly...'
It’s always hard to imagine the impact of a film decades after its initial release, but it’s no exaggeration to say that Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was a true game-changer, killing off its lead halfway through and shocking audiences with a twist ending nobody saw coming.
Janet Leigh is the doomed star, a secretary on the lam who checks into a motel she’ll never check out of. Anthony Perkins is the fresh-faced motel manager, a boy with extreme mummy issues. With a gleeful Hitch at the helm, they changed cinematic history.
The film’s various innovations include the pivotal switching of audience identification figures and its adherence to the principles of psychoanalysis, leading to the emergence of a slew of psycho-thrillers and the gleefully disreputable ‘slasher’ genre. Put simply, there’d be no Michael Myers without Norman Bates.