Episode 53 – Psycho

In episode 53 of the CTGY podcast Kelly and Rich travel to Bates Motel to talk about Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Other topics include thoughts on Zac Efron playing Ted Bundy, IT trailer 2, Hellboy, Halloween, The Purge TV series, The Exorcist TV series, Leatherface, Cult of Chucky, Summer of ’84 and other things.

We are so incredibly sorry for all the delays and absences over the last couple of months. So many things have been going on including illnesses, generally being busy, not having the funds to actually host any episodes on Soundcloud, Kelly in-between moving houses and other life stresses. We are hoping to have this sorted and get back onto our usual weekly episode train REAL soon. Thank you for sticking by us. xo

Trailer – Psycho (1960) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG3-GlvKPcg&t=17s
Outro song – The Sonics, ‘Psycho’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-_0V0IXEkc

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One thought on “Episode 53 – Psycho

  1. A few random thoughts regarding Psycho that I had last night.

    I think it’s rather interesting how the viewer ends up being sympathetic towards the two main “Villains” of the film and even when the first villain is killed off, instead of hating this new villain, the viewer ends up siding with them. Especially in any of the scenes with the cop in the first half, I felt that suspense and hope that Marion could escape without being caught. In theory, Marion did something wrong by stealing the money and we should be wanting her to be caught, but that’s just not the case. Similarly to the scene where the viewer is hopeful that Marion can escape the car dealership as the cop is approaching closer and closer, that excitement returned later as Norman has dumped Marion’s car in the swamp, but the car briefly stops sinking. The sheer panic of a plot not working out before the car begins to sink again. It occurs to me that because the viewer wants the “Villain” to get away with their plan, solely so the movie can continue, we become sorta co-conspirators with Marion and Norman with their plans.

    It’s that need of the movie continuing that causes the viewer to almost become the biggest villain of all because unlike the other three wrong doers, our desires are very selfish. We want something “Bad” to happen solely so we can keep watching a movie. Yet, with the three wrong doers of the film, none of them are directly doing anything wrong for a pure selfish reason. Marion has stolen money to help Sam (Which I suppose helps her by extension, but it’s not as if she’s planning on taking the money and running off by herself). Norman cleans up after “Mother” because he doesn’t want his mother to get into any trouble. Mrs. Bates kills Marion because in Mrs. Bates warped mind of Norman, Marion is no good for Norman.

    While I cared about the wrong doers of the film, I can’t say I had much of an emotional connection to the “Good” characters of the film of Sam, Lila, or Arbogast. It’s not even that I dislike any of those characters either. They’re just potentially there to foil a plot that I’m invested in seeing it not be foiled. The fact that Hitchcock shot Psycho in black and white, when he had been making movies in color for over a decade, makes it all the more interesting to me because all of these shades of grey characters (I can’t even call Norman/Mrs. Bates a 100% villain) are literally shown in shades of grey with the black and white.

    Hopefully these ramblings are making sense. Psycho is one of the earliest examples of a movie where the viewer can be rooting for someone(s) who isn’t exactly a “Good” person. Making Norman such a sympathetic character allowed for the sequels to continue that trend and even embracing it with Norman becoming the “Good” character while Lila was more of a villain in Psycho 2.

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