Psycho is the film (and maybe the one scene) Alfred Hitchcock is most identified with, despite the fact that it's something of an anomaly on his filmography. Deliberately pulpy and shot on the cheap, it would go on to become the legendary director's biggest success - as well as a masterclass in misdirection.
These days, it's tough to find anyone who isn't familiar with all of the big twists and iconography, even if they've never actually seen this. There's also the fact that all of the material that was regarded as so dangerous and shocking in 1960 is downright quaint now.
Psycho still packs a formidable punch. Why is that? Join us as we check into the Bates Motel to see if we can uncover some of the secrets hidden in that house on the top of the hill.
Topics include: all of the imitators that made Hitchcock feel like he needed to reinvent himself, how hard Paramount tried to get out of this, the major deviations the screenwriter made from the novel, the two actors Hitchcock really loved and the two he really didn't, the many sequels, Gus Van Sant's controversial remake, the TV series, and much much more!