Psycho remains a horror classic -- and no, we do not mean the 1998 Gus Van Sant version, which is just horrible. Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller pushed the envelope in 1960 with the infamous shower scene. Contrary to some critics’ insistence, you cannot see Janet Leigh naked, and the knife never actually penetrates her skin. However, this intense scene does involve more than 70 film cuts during which the knife comes into physical contact with her twice. This was quite the shocker in the ‘60s though, as (spoiler alert) killing the leading lady halfway through the film was unheard of. The surprises don’t end there, though -- the last few minutes reveal why Norman Bates remains one of the greatest and most deranged villains in cinema history.
FilmBar screens Psycho at 7:30 p.m. Monday, October 28, as part of its October Frightmare Series at 815 North Second Street. 21-and-over tickets cost $9. Call 602-595-9187 or visit www.thefilmbarphx.com.
Mon., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., 2013