"Psycho" is one of the most influental movies of all time. Hitchcock's then unique way to direct this movie was something completely new and still is terrific. The cinematography of this movie, and the cutting became famous and was referenced often in the following years.
"Psycho" is not an usual crime dram/thriller, it is a complex and psychological story - something completely new at that time.
Still, the movie features one of the most shocking and unexpected endings of all time and gives goosebumps.
The superb, trendsetting soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann also plays a huge part in the movies excellent way to creat the dark athmosphere it has.
The movie is PG-13 at nowaday's standards. But it has its violent moments:
(SPOILERS, please only read if you have seen the movie, there is a plot twist at the end and i don't want to spoil it:)
-A character gets stabbed under the shower, blood runs down her legs and lands in the tub (the movie is black and white). You never see the knife penetrating the skin.
-A man gets slashed near the eye (a gash is seen), he falls down the stairs. Then he gets stabbed to death (only the knife going up and down is shown).
-A decaying corpse is seen.
(END OF SPOILERS)
The movie can disturb some people, but it is not as strong as nowaday's movies.
And i would not call Psycho a horror movie, rather a thriller.
I recommend it to viewers 12 and up.
Info for CSM:
The movie is rated R, and not Unrated. You can see it on the DVD cover and on several websites.