Film buffs are stocking up on popcorn to watch probably one of the scariest films ever made now being shown on Netflix.
The 1960 movie Psycho and one of the greatest horror films of the 20th century finally makes its way to Netflix UK.
Streaming for the first time is the immortal film Psycho by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock.
And it coincides with what would have been Hitchcock’s birthday.
Born on August 13 1899 in Essex, he died one of the most famous directors of all time on April 29 in California, USA.
But Geordies are preparing themselves for a night hiding behind the sofa as they revisit the horrifying iconic Psycho shower scene that shocked millions of film fans back in its day and still gives them nightmares.
The black and white film is scary but made more sickening by the haunting music.
It followed Marion Crane, who was on the run after stealing thousands of dollars from her employer to escape from her boyfriend.
Overcome by exhaustion during a rainstorm, Marion is left with no choice but to seek shelter at the rundown Bates Motel.
It’s here she meets Norman Bates, the polite but highly strung owner of the hotel with a fascination for taxidermy and a toxic relationship with his mother.
Hitchcock fans have taken to Twitter to applaud him.
Alexene Nellist wrote: “Wish this man was still around & making movies.”
Nervous Pretzel posted: “The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them” – Alfred Hitchcock (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980)
The Exorcisters Podcast said “We all enjoy, shall we say, putting our toe in the cold water of fear.”
@MaksimLucky wrote: “Greatest Master Of Suspense! All Your Masterpieces Will Live Forever! Thank you so much for all your magnificent movies!”
Halloween Town tweeted: “The Master of Suspense’ was ahead of his time, shocking audiences with classics such as Psycho and The Birds!
Only Film Media tweeted: “In a career spanning six decades he directed over fifty feature films, many of which are now regarded as classics, including #RearWindow (1954), #Vertigo (1958), #NorthByNorthwest (1959), #Psycho (1960) and #TheBirds (1963).”
In 1998 a remake off the horror film Psycho was made and directed by Gus Van Sant fro universal pictures. Although this version is in colour and features a different cast, it is closer to a shot-for-shot remake than most, often copying Hitchcock’s camera movements and editing.
Hitchcock was responsible for some of the greatest films ever made but never won an Academy Award despite being nominated for best director on five occasions: Rebecca in 1940, Lifeboat in 1944, Spellbound in 1945, Rear Window in 1954 and Psycho in 1960. However, these five movies represent just a small percentage of Hitchcock’s magnificent oeuvre of 52 films.