The Psycho Legacy (Robert V. Galluzo, 2010) Review

The Psycho LegacyBy Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com

Some films deserve to be talked about years after they’re released. Whether it’s because they have historical importance or because they simply kick ass, some of our genre’s best movies need a little more recognition and face time.

Sure, everyone knows that JAWS is incredible, but isn’t it about time that “The Shark is Still Working” finally gets released? And wasn’t it years before we got to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s THE SHOCKING TRUTH added to our libraries? Some films need to wait years to get that respect all the while lesser films are getting multi-disc releases for no better reason than to just hike up the MSRP.

The converse to all that is, just what do these stand alone docus really have to offer? When a film is universally praised and loved, just what more can you say about them?

The Friday the 13th films were celebrated in “His Name Was Jason,” a fun but somewhat lightweight look back at the series, while Freddy was given true respect with “Never Sleep Again.” Now*, it’s time for the granddaddy of the slasher to get his day.

Norman Bates, stand up and receive some love.

“The Psycho Legacy” is a love letter to its topic. This isn’t the hard hitting, cut to the bone type of documentary that sheds new light onto why the film has stood the test of time. No, that examination still hasn’t come yet, and really, who wants to sit and listen to film ‘scholars’ dissect and ultimately ruin a great film. What makes Psycho work is probably beyond anyone’s reason to discuss. Let’s face it, if it could be analyzed that way, then there would be a hundred films just as good, instead of a whole subgenre trying to still rip it off.

No, what “Legacy” does and does very well is celebrate the film. What we have is hours upon hours of talking heads recounting why it is that they love Psycho. We get very little talk about director Alfred Hitchcock (let’s face it, the man was a genius, but that territory has been covered elsewhere) but what we do FINALLY get is some true Anthony Perkins love. The man was Norman Bates. The man was perfect in the role. And like everyone seems to point out, the man was the reason that we still talk about Psycho.

“The Psycho Legacy” does offer up a few new nuggets of trivia, but it’s mostly stuff that anyone reading this site will already know, but what may surprise you is just how well done the flick is. This is as close to sitting around and reminiscing with old friends about your first time as we’re likely to get on the subject. If you love Psycho as much as we do around here (and you probably do), then this docu is well worth the price, if for no other reason than to know that we’re not alone in our love of great films.

*(And when I say ‘now,’ I mean two years ago. This flick was released in 2010. I’m a bit slow. Sorry.)

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