"A boy's best friend is his mother"
Having embezzled $40,000 from her employers, Secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) flees in her car. After narrowly escaping the clutches of a suspicious Police Officer she pulls into a quite motel during a heavy rainstorm. The owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) greets her warmly and explains that they don’t receive many guests due to the freeway being moved. After offering
Marion supper at the house he
shares with his mother,
has to then retract the offer following an off screen argument with the old
woman… A few days later when Norman ’s
disappearance in noticed a Private Detective (Martin Balsam) tracks her
movements to the motel but he too goes missing. Fearing the worst Marion ’s boyfriend Sam (John
Gavin) and sister Lila (Vera Miles) head to the motel to search for the missing
Psycho contains one of the most famous scenes in all cinema history as well as one of the most recognisable scores and most unexpected and shocking twists. Even without these three key elements though it would still be a five star film.