Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose “old dark house” and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Janet Leigh, the film’s ill-fated heroine who is victimized in the now-notorious “shower scene.” Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, John Gavin, and John McIntire co-star in Hitchcock’s most compelling and terrifying film.
This is a true classic, any true horror fan will tell you that. No one plays Norman Bates better than Anthony Perkins. The black and white tone adds to the eerieness of the film. There are very few death scenes and hardly any gore, but it’s a perfect film to watch if you’ve never seen it. This is the “mother of all horror films.” I give it 10 out of 10 stars.