Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Note To Self: Avoid Renting Motel Rooms At All Costs

The film, “Psycho,” begins with Marion and her boyfriend Sam in a hotel room in Phoenix, AZ. Marion is on her lunch break, the only time she can see Sam. She returns to work where a man enters with her employer and decides to do his transaction in cash, $40,000 to be exact. Marion’s employer instructs Marion to deposit the money in the bank, but she takes it instead. Marion packs and leaves town, headed for Sam’s store in California. On her way out of town, her employer sees her driving away in her car. Paranoia begins to set in, but she continues to drive.

Marion wakes up in her car parked on the side of the road to find a policeman at her window. The policeman sends her on her way, but appears to follow her. Marion goes to a car lot and trades in her car for a different one. The policeman is still following her at this point. Marion drives, guilt and paranoia nagging at the back of her mind, until she can drive no longer. She stops at Bates Motel, a small motel that usually goes unnoticed by any potential customers. A young man, Norman Bates, runs the motel with his sick mother. Norman gives Marion her room and asks her if she’d like to have dinner with him; Marion agrees.

As soon as she is alone, Marion takes her money, folds it into a newspaper and sets it on the nightstand. When Norman goes back to his house, Marion overhears his conversation with his mother. She hears how he argues with his mother because she is appalled at his desire for Marion. After a strange conversation with Norman, a very strange man indeed, Marion goes off to her room. As Marion is taking a shower, someone comes in and begins to stab her until she is dead. Norman then comes in to clean up his mother’s “mess.” He takes Marion’s body, places it in her car, and pushes her car into a nearby lake.

Lila, Marion’s sister, goes in search of Marion at Sam’s store. When she doesn’t find her, it is up to her, Sam, and a private investigator to find Marion’s whereabouts. Little do they know that they are no longer looking for someone who ran away with a load of cash, but they are actually looking for someone who has been brutally murdered.

I really enjoyed this movie. It was definitely a change of pace from the movies we’ve been watching being that it is a horror/thriller film, but that’s a good thing. Throughout the movie, I just sort of sat there watching Norman’s behavior. He is definitely psycho. One thing that really got me was his constant laugh. It’s like that of a little boy, which at the end of the movie you find makes total sense. After the film was over, I was creeped out and, oddly enough, intrigued. Norman’s character really intrigued me and I think I’d like to learn more about the workings of his mind. To Norman, it wasn’t actually him committing these murders, it was his controlling mother. He truly believed that. That’s what makes me extremely curious about his psychological disorder. All psychological curiosity aside, the film was really enjoyable and I’d definitely watch it again.

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