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Monday, September 24, 2012

October Film Club

Hello everybody, thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to The Artist, we had a good crowd.  As you know, next month is October and that means Horror Fest.  Last year we screened a variety of different horror films from different sub-genres and it turned out well.  This year we are going to spotlight the films of the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.  Every Friday in October, except the third, we will be staying after the library closes to watch a film.  The third week we will hold the film when we would normally hold Film Club, so Oct. 18th will be when Film Club meets and we will be watching Psycho.

Psycho is a 1960 American suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Janet Leigh.  The screenplay by Joseph Stefano is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch.  The novel was loosely inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin murderer and grave robber Ed Gein, who lived just 40 miles from Bloch.

Psycho depicts the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who goes to a secluded motel after embezzling money from her employer, and the motel's disturbed owner and manager, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), and the aftermath of their encounter.

The film initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted a re-review which was overwhelmingly positive and led to four Academy Award nominations.  Psycho is now considered on of Hitchcock's best films and is highly praised as a work of cinematic art by international critics.  It is often ranked among the greatest films of all time and is famous for bringing in a new level of acceptable violence and sexuality in films.  In 1992, the film was selected to be preserved by the Library of Congress at the National Film Registry.

I will post the final Horror Fest schedule soon, hope to see you there!
Here's the trailer:

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