During the holidays, if you get so sick and tired of the crowds that you think you might kill someone, go and see Psycho instead. In this re-creation of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Anne Heche plays Marion Crane, a young woman who embezzles four hundred thousand dollars from her boss. She leaves town with the money in hopes of starting a new life for herself. The second night out, it rains so hard that she had zero visibility. (You know, kinda like me.) So, she takes a detour off of the main road and stops at the Bates Motel. She meets Norman Bates and ignores her intuition when Bates tells her that, “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” over milk and sandwiches in the motel office. She goes to her room, steps into the shower, and is stabbed to death by someone wearing a very cheap wig. (It’s about time! The shower scene takes place about one hour into the movie and I thought I was going to have to kill someone to see a little action.) Later that night, Bates comes into the room, finds the body, cleans up the blood, and throws Marion and her belongings into the trunk of her car and pushes it into a lake. What a coincidence – a lake around the corner deep enough to hide a car! Meanwhile, back in town, a private investigator begins to look for Marion. He ends up at the Bates Motel and questions Norman about Marion and asks to speak with Norman’s mother. He says no one can talk to his mother and the P.I. gets suspicious. After he is caught snooping around the P.I. disappears, along with his car into the lake. I think you can see the way this is going. I know I did and I was listening to the huge guy behind me eating a bag of popcorn, snowcaps, potato chips, several pickles— This suspense thriller is not very suspenseful and not even as thrilling as accidentally sitting on the arm of my theater seat. I give this movie a C rating and the next time I want to see someone go psycho, I’ll go visit my trusty pharmacist, Chip.
This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.