Okay, so the detailing, the micro stuff is fascinating! What about the macro stuff? Does the film work as the serial-killer thriller the title leads us to expect? Yes — and no! And MAJOR spoilers ahead
Psycho is proof of how you can take the template of the regular slasher film to turn it into a poetic story of guilt and redemption about the people we call psychopaths and the reasons why they become who they are.