I was surprised to find that psycho was based on a novel. I think many people were. There's more inside the mind and life of Norman Bates in the book - it's kind of like a bonus for lovers of the movie. Those who did not enjoy Hitchcock's adaptation will find little to appreciate in these pages. Still remains one of my favorite endings to a book or a movie - chilled to perfection!
So I didn't know "Psycho" was based on a book, which was loosely based on actual serial killer Ed Gein. If you've seen the movie, this holds few surprises, but is of interest for Hitchcock fans. I'd give it three stabby, bloody knives out of five. Oh, and Norman Bates is fat in the book.
Norman Bates loved his mother. The issue is that his dear mother has been his late mother for the past twenty years. Norman believes he's lived with his mother since she left the hospital, in their old house up on the hill near Bates Motel. One stormy night Mary Crane checks into Bates Motel, Norman spies on her as she's undressing, but mother knows and mother will do anything to protect Norman.
Psycho is all adaptations from the movie to the book. The book was originally adapted from the life of America's first known and caught serial killer Ed Geine. The movie by Alfred is an interpretation of that adaption. Everyone knows the movie before the book, the book is an afterthought. The book and its contents completely hijacked by Sir Alfred Hitchcock. It's a quick read (only 17 chapters) it's worth reading what got Hitchcock his magnum opus.
Excellent book loved the movies but love the book even more
This book is just as creepy as the old Hitchcock movie, a good quick read.
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