Monday, November 7, 2011
Top 100 Films of the Last 50 Years (1960-2010): Part XII
2. Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hithcock topped by 30 Greatest Directors of All Time List (Which I think is in need of an update, although his postition will most likely not change), and a list of his accomplishments is proof as to why he got that honor. But Hitchcock was no better than he was in the 1960 classic, Psycho. While it may not scare today's gore-soaked, jaded audiences, those of us who appreciate old movies and film history, will realize just how incredible this film was. Hitchcock beleived in the old addage that what you don't see is sometimes the scariest thing of all, and he waits until the end to reveal his psychotic killer, a truly frightening premise. Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins play their parts well, and Perkins was completely robbed of an Oscar for playing one of the scariest and deranged villains in movie history. But this is truly Hitchcock's baby. He lets the audience stay confused and scared, by placing them in the middle of a psychological breakdown without them even knowing it. He unleases onto the audience pure terror and fright unlike any director had done before him, or has done since. He also managed to raise the bar on horror films, and make them deep and meaningful, as well as scary, something most horror films never seem to master. It is truly a classic, just don't watch it alone.
I realized that in the list, I missed number 20 which was:
20. Apocalypse Now (1979) - Simply put one of Coppola's best films and one of the greatest war films of all time.