"Really?! We're going to see "Psycho" for Valentine's Day? Should I be scared?" was the response from my beloved when I let him know of the plans. He was pretty stoked on the idea, as long as we didn't act it out later.
I've seen "Psycho" numerous times, but there's just something about seeing a favorite movie on the big screen that is a whole different experience. With none of the distractions of watching a movie at home, I was really able to get into it. There was no surround sound. It was grainy and the film was a bit scratched in places. I can't remember the last black and white movie I've seen in a theater. Knowing what was going to happen next just added to the suspense. Seeing Leigh's wide, dead eye, upside down, filling the screen, as her body lies sprawled out of the shower after being stabbed by "mother" is just fabulous. The camera turns right-side-up (and I swear I saw her eye flicker) and pans out to see her lifeless body. The chocolate syrup blood running down the shower drain . . . perfect.
I'm not a horror movie fan. Previews for the flicks my middle-schoolers are dying to see leave me cold and seriously creeped out. I spent too many years getting over being a fearful person to immerse myself in 1 1/2 hours of psychotic killing or demonic possession of mothers.
I make exceptions for Hitchcock, however. The way he used personal space (or lack of) and strange camera angles keep it great. He uses the power of our imaginations to terrify us. He doesn't need to show us every little gory detail. We can fill in the blanks perfectly fine ourselves.
My hubby started dozing off about 3/4 of the way into the movie. When he ordered Sake during dinner, I knew it was inevitable. Something about the dark and comfy chairs tends to lead him into dreamland for a bit during almost all movies. (I am guilty of this from time to time as well.) But there was no way he was going to be allowed to sleep when Mother's corpse was about to be discovered in the basement! "Wake up!," I hissed. "How can you protect me when you're sleeping!!!???". He smiled and held me close. "I wasn't really sleeping." Yeah, right.
I really hope the theatre starts showing more classic Hitchcock. Seeing "Rear Window" or "Rope" on the big screen would be fabulous. Maybe I should send in a request. Or maybe I should start playing the lottery and build us a movie room at home. Nah. Not the same thing.