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THE THREE FACES OF PSYCHO Psycho has no doubt become one of the most beloved horror stories of all times It is an undisputed classic It spins a well-known tale of how the person living next door in the next room or down the road just might not be all they seem on the outside Psycho first came into the world as a literary novel in 1958 It would become Robert Blochs signature piece It told the story of a young woman named Mary Crane who was given the ultimate chance at the American Dream by stealing money from work and marrying the man of her dreams It also told of her untimely demise at the hands of Norman Bates quiet and shy hotel proprietor The novel appealed to the public not only because of the suspense and horror of the story but because the reader could easily identify with the characters Mary-simply because everyone wants the American dream and will go to unreal lengths to achieve it at times Norman-because everyone has had to live up to a parents expectations and fallen short at one time or another In these characters we find a sense of loneliness and desperation Shortly after the release and immediate success of the novel Psycho the master of film horror decided to introduce the book to the big screen Alfred Hitchcock made Psycho into an instant horror classic in 1960 With an adapted version of the novel a screenplay by Joseph Stefano some characters names were changed and actors were hired but the story remained the same Almost forty years later following the release of Hitchcocks Psycho director Gus Van Sant brought the picture back to the screen The big difference was that he added color and modernized the picture Van Sants goal was to remain true to the original picture but took advantage of what the 90s culture had to offer The base story of
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