Saw Psycho for the first time ever, with the Scottish National orchestra playing the score live. Was a pretty great experience and I definitely want to see more films performed in a similar style. For the film itself, I actually knew almost nothing about it beforehand somehow. Obviously the shower scene (but I thought it happened a lot earlier, rather than like halfway through) and the main twist, but I only remembered that just as it was being revealed.
Pretty amazing, killing off a main character in that way and having the perspective of the film totally shift is something that would still be notable and unusual today. Really enjoyed the acting apart from maybe the most dramatic moments, pretty low key and noirish in parts. Guy who plays Norman was amazing, such a great contrast from the creepily intense moments to the boyish, warm and charming ones.
Only downside was a sort of self-satisfied laughter that popped up a few times (just like people have described happening during The Party). People were laughing pre-emptively at the big reveals and any of the clunky dialogue moments (He’s a transvestite!) which was pretty irritating as a first time viewer. It’s a film that more than stands up today, and there was an air of it not being taken all that seriously at times. But didn’t really detract much, and the film was much funnier, and more deserving of genuine laughter, than I was expecting.
TLDR: classic film is still good.