Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire
June 16, 1960
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April Cathleen Cornelius: "Based on Robert Bloch's novel this classic tells the story of a woman in trouble. Marian Crane cant get her boyfriend Sam to marry her because of money issues so she embezzles money from her employer and runs.Panicked when police find her sleeping in her car, she takes shelter in an old motel ran by Norman Bates.He tells her its just him and Mother. Later she is stabbed to death in the shower (very stylishly filmed you see the knife and you see Janet Leigh but you never see the knife in Janet Leigh) by someone wearing a dress. Norman comes in and finds her body. Determined to protect his mother ("Oh God mother what have you done") he disposes of her body. Later Sam , Lila Crane (Vera Miles) and Detective Arbogast come looking for Marian who has been tracked to the motel. Arbogast is murdered and Lila finds Mrs Bates's mummified corpse in the fruit cellar. Norman killed his mother and kept her body down there and at times dressed up as her to murder "whores filthy whores" The novel was loosely based on Ed Gein the butcher of Plainfield Wisconsin who lived 40 miles away from Bloch. This was such an important film in the slasher subgenre (American slasher films generally were based either on Ed Gein or Alexander "Sawney" Bean). A 1998 shot for shot remake was done but in no way matched the sheer intensity of this classic. Three sequels followed "(Less)
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