After watching the hit TV show "Bates Motel", I decided to look up the original. I'm a big fan of the TV show. This movie is understandably dated. I loved the story and suspense. I was disappointed in the lack of "action" of the horror scenes but I also understand the time that this movie was shot in. Overall, I felt this movie was great for its time but I don't know if I could recommend it to a younger audience that may find it rather boring. If you are a fan of classic movies OR you are like myself in wanting to "fast forward" the TV series than by all means watch it. If, however, you are looking for a fast-paced gory horror flick then stay away.
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Dont get me wrong, it's a great film but it doesn't have any real terrifying aspects to it. something a film student would enjoy but not someone who wanted to get scared
This film is great for so many reasons but I'll just mention three. First, editing. Never has a film's editing contributed to the terror experienced like this. Second, its score. Bernard Herrman stripped down his arrangement from previous films to just strings for Psycho;bold but an absolute fit. Finally, screenplay. It's as if Hitch is being a sadist behind the fourth wall, he toys with what the audience expects and takes seriously but in a poetic and revolutionary way. The first(only?) art horror film!
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