Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece of horror and suspense, Psycho starts believably enough with a secretary on the run for embezzling $40,000. Hiding in a deserted roadside motel, she is brutally murdered in one of the most terrifying scenes ever filmed.
Overlooking the fateful motel is a forbidding gothic mansion in which a peculiar young man and his mysterious mother reside. Anthony Perkins brilliantly portrays the young man whose personality complex commands by turns the audience's deepest sympathy and utter revulsion. A bizarre psychological drama. Psycho's true terror extends beyond simple shock.