Psycho
1960
*****
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, Simon Oakland

Hitchcock’s masterpiece starts as a story of a young woman who runs away with the stolen $40,000, but it makes a complete U-turn when she is brutally murdered in her motel room in one of the most iconic scenes in film history. This is one of Hitchcock’s most visuals films, but his cinematic brilliance serves an unpredictable and terrifically gripping story. Anthony Perkins is a memorable Norman Bates. Based on the novel by Robert Bloch. Followed by two pointless sequels, Psycho 2 and Psycho 3, and Gus Van Sant’s utterly baffling shot-by-shot remake in 1998.