Alfred Hitchcock's blueprint for contemporary
horror: More than just a film, "Psycho" was a cultural slap in the face. Censors
wanted to ban it, while screaming audiences couldn't get enough of it. Hitch
employs all of his tricks -- shifting audience sympathies, ... more killing off the main
character halfway through the film and a ton of macabre humor -- but more
importantly he makes the horror internal. Norman Bates isn't a monster in the
classic sense; he suggests that the greatest evil can lurk beneath the quietest,
most pleasant surface.