A secretary steals $40,000 from her boss and goes on the run, only
to find herself at an isolated motel run by a maniac and his mother.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Joseph Stefano
Starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles,
John Gavin, Martin Balsam
Based on the novel by Robert Bloch
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actress (Janet Leigh),
Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction
There are few who would dispute the fact that Psycho is an incredible film and the reasons why are very clear. It was made on a shoestring budget and could have potentially ruined Alfred Hitchcock's career, but it was wildly successful and became not only a cult favorite, but a legendary horror film as well.
Anthony Perkins has earned his place in the villain hall of fame for his performance as the two-faced Norman Bates, a killer who terrified an entire generation with a wig and a butcher knife. The real star of this film is the incredibly suspenseful score by Bernard Herrmann, who pretty much wrote the soundtrack to every nightmare you'll ever have. Psycho is a work of genius that will forever be considered the creator of the slasher genre and one of the greatest horror films of all time.