A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Critic reviews of title
“It is one of [Hitchcock's] most brilliantly directed shockers and also his most disagreeable.”
- Los Angeles Times
“Paramount won't let anyone enter theatres where Psycho is playing after the picture starts. No one will want to leave before it is over.”
- Hollywood Reporter
“he obvious thing to say is that Hitch has done it again; that the suspense of his picture builds up slowly but surely to an almost unbearable pitch of excitement.”
- New York Daily News