Release: June 16, 1960

A secretary named Marion Crane steals $40,000 from her boss to help her get married to her boyfriend, Sam Loomis. She escapes Phoenix by car and hopes to to get to California however due to a terrible storm she has to go off the main road and stops at the Bates Motel. Marion finds the owner Norman Bates, who offers her food and a room for the night but also finds out about Norman's abusive mother. After a couple of days later Sam and Marion's sister Lila try to find out what happened to Marion and the money at the Bates Motel. Psycho has become a classic cinematic masterpiece among film fans and historians. While the film originally received mixed reviews by critics the film was a smash hit in theaters. The film was nominated at the: Director. Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography (Black-and White) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Black-and-White). The film has been on countless lists of favorite and best films including American Film Institute, Entertainment Weekly, and many more. In 1992 Psycho was added to the Library of Congress under the National Film Registry.The film also became apart of American pop culture being constantly referenced and worshiped amongst film fans. Even many consider Psycho to be the first slasher film ever made creating a new genre of horror films. Three sequels following Psycho II, Psycho III , and Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 all staring Anthony Perkins. While the sequels were attacked and considered blasphemous the sequels have grown a fandom in their own right but still most agree the original film is the best in the series. There was even a TV pilot spin off called Bates Motel but the idea failed to catch on. The 1998 remake directed by Gus Van Sant did fair as well with the film accused of merely being a shot for shot remake of the original.

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