FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 11:59pm: Psycho (1960, dir by Alfred Hitchcock; 35mm, Universal)
Hitchcock exploded everything that had come before when he made his 1960 masterpiece, Psycho. We take it for granted now but the daring, rule-breaking, genre exploding, horrifying chances Hitchcock took when he made Psycho could only have been taken by a master moviemaker completely in charge of his craft who dares himself to go even further.
Psycho, almost fifty years later, is still shocking and revolutionary. Hitchcock breaks so many rules in order to create an almost unbearable tension and level of suspense throughout the entire movie that it’s still jaw dropping what chances he took.
The movie starts, as so many Hitc...hcock movies do, with someone burdened by tremendous personal guilt. Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh who gives 150% to this role) steals money and goes on the run.
But when she stops off at the out of the way Bates Motel, and has a profoundly affecting conversation with its lonely proprietor, the awkward but endearing Norman Bates (played with a kind of commitment and genius by Anthony Perkins that few have ever matched), she decides to return the money and do the right thing.
But oh.. .oh how things go so terribly horrifyingly wrong.
Although so many people know the broad strokes of this movie that it might seem silly to stop our description here, we want to honor Hitchcock’s original plan for the movie which was that audience members had to watch the movie from the beginning and shouldn’t be told about the horrifying twist that occurs barely thirty minutes into the picture.
What we will say is that once Hitchcock pulls the rug out from our feet with one of the most shocking and horrifying sequences ever put to film (the justly world famous “shower sequence”), the rest of the movie is like one huge gasp because all bets are off.
And while it would seem that Hitchcock has set himself an impossible task in topping this early sequence, top it he does with a final 20 minutes that are as horrifying and terrifying as anything that have come since.
Often considered the first real modern horror movie, Psycho still has a shocking power nearly fifty years later where it seems as modern and risk-taking now as it did to unsuspecting 1960’s audiences.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
TICKETS: Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page: movieclub35mm. Just make sure you verify the date, time, and location (The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027). We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.
REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds. Sorry.
HOW DOES THE ALL-ACCESS (APRIL-JUNE 2018) PASS WORK: If you buy an ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all 26 movies we’re showing from April-June 2018), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout our Spring Season. This is our best deal at $170 (roughly $6.50 per movie). No matter through which movie you buy the ALL-ACCESS PASS, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.
HOW DOES THE SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal after the All-Access Pass. If you know you can make April but not May (for example), this is the way to go. Each Series Pass is different depending on how many movies are shown in that series. So for instance if we are showing 6 movies in the series, the pass would cost $54 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 10 movies in the series, the pass would cost $90, and so on. No matter through which movie you buy the Individual Series Pass, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.
MOVIEPASS: Yes! The Vista does accept MoviePass for our events (as of March 2018). There is an additional charge of $3-$4 per ticket because we are a private event. So if you want to use MoviePass, you can; you just need to get your tickets in person (and bring $3-$4/per MoviePass ticket) at the Vista Box Office anytime they are open.
CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!
PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is lots of parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 15 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs to make sure you are good to park! We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.
SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at midnight or 10:30am in the morning. We will be screening several movies during more regular hours (8pm-10pm) this year when we have a special speaker or event. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket.
MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, just email us at: [email protected]
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