Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, and John Gavin
The shower murder scene is justifiably famous, but Psycho has much more to offer thrill-seeking moviewatchers. Perkins is outstanding as quirky Norman Bates, devoted to his mother, and enamored of visiting thief Leigh who just wants a motel room for the night. Bernared Herrmann’s score is entirely composed of string instruments. A classic that stands up to repeated viewings.
When it was first released, Hitchcock’s promotional gimmicks included not allowing theaters to let any one in once the movie had begun. And they stuck by his request. Followed by two sequels (Psycho III was directed by Perkins), and a television movie. Based on the novel by Robert Bloch.