Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is an amazing movie that uses Hitchcock’s unique ability to draw the audience in with the utmost suspense at every turn. In addition to the master of suspense at the helm, Anthony Perkins artfully played the lead Norman Bates as a true psycho. Throw in Janet Leigh and Vera Miles into the mix to and you have one of the most impressive horror movies ever made.
Here are a few of the best quotes from “Psycho.”
Norman Bates: I think I must have one of those faces you can’t help believing.
Norma Bates: [voice-over] “Mother, she’s just a stranger”! As if men don’t desire strangers!
Norma Bates: [voice-over] I refuse to speak of disgusting things, because they disgust me! You understand, boy?
Norman Bates: You-you eat like a bird.
Norman Bates: I hear the expression ‘eats like a bird’ – it-it’s really a [stammers] fals-fals-fals-falsity. Because birds really eat a tremendous lot. But -I-I don’t really know anything about birds. My hobby is stuffing things. You know – taxidermy.
Norman Bates: It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?
Marion Crane: Do you have any vacancies?
Norman Bates: Oh, we have 12 vacancies. 12 cabins, 12 vacancies.
Marion Crane: I’ll lick the stamps.
Sheriff Al Chambers: Norman Bates’ mother has been dead and buried in Greenlawn Cenetery for the past ten years!
Eliza Chambers: I helped Norman pick out the dress she was buried in. Periwinkle blue.
Norma Bates: [voice-over] No! I will not hide in the fruit cellar! Ha! You think I’m fruity, huh? I’m staying right here. This is my room and no one will drag me out of it, least of all my big, bold son!
Norma Bates: [voice-over] “Just for a few days”? In that dark, dank fruit cellar? No! You hid me there once, boy, and you’ll not do it again, not ever again; now get out! I told you to get out, boy.
Norman Bates: [voice-over] I’ll carry you, mother.
Sheriff Al Chambers: You mean to tell me you saw Norman Bates’ mother?
Dr. Fred Richmond: A man who dresses in women’s clothing in order to achieve a sexual change, or satisfaction, is a transvestite. But in Norman’s case, he was simply doing everything possible to keep alive the illusion of his mother being alive.
Norman Bates: Well, I’m not a fool. And I’m not capable of being fooled! Not even by a woman.
Norman Bates: Mother! Oh God, mother! Blood! Blood!
Norman Bates: A boy’s best friend is his mother.
Norman Bates: Hate the smell of dampness, don’t you? It’s such a, I don’t know, creepy smell.
Marion Crane: Taxidermy. That is a strange hobby to fill.