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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin
Psycho ranked # 18 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Psycho is a 1958 pulp novel by Robert Bloch, which details the life and crimes of the profoundly disturbed Norman Bates.
Bloch's novel was adapted into an acclaimed feature film in 1960 by Alfred Hitchcock. The affecting, subtly humorous screenplay was written
by Joseph Stefano, and, overall, is quite faithful to the novel.
Commonly regarded as one of Hitchcock's best films, Psycho has also been
acclaimed as one of the most effective horror films. The film spawned several sequels, though they are generally seen as works of lesser quality.
Although there is little visible gore portrayed on the screen, the infamous "shower scene" is often regarded as one of the most frightening sequences in cinema history, in large part due to the soundtrack, an original piece entitled "The Knife."
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