Psycho (1960)

A Ty-mare on Elm Street

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror masterpiece Psycho is a standout for any horror fan as well as any horror critic. According to Jason Zinoman in his book Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror, the film Psycho “revolutionized the then small subgenre of serial killer movies in 1960.” The most interesting thing about Psycho is its ability to still resonate with audiences today and remain a somewhat controversial film. There is a serious message about identity/gender crisis in the film. Norman’s inability (spoiler alert) to keep himself from dressing as his mother and killing can make a deeper statement about what gender truly means. A person’s gender is very different than a person’s biological sexuality. One can argue that Norman felt as if he was a woman his entire life, much like the women that his own mother shunned him…

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