The relation between mother and son brings out Freud's Oedipus complex - where the son's psycho sexual conscience makes him over protective about his mother and in turn ends up murdering both her and her fiancé. This leads to the psychotic behaviour and this ends up being the most terrifying moment of revelation within the film. David Wood argues, "As effective as it is as a genre piece, the proceedings are of course shot through with Hitchcock¹s sly, mordant and slightly sadistic humour which revels in the consequences of the oedipally induced madness and the sardonic irony of much of the dialogue ("Mother's not herself today"). For all its playfulness however, it's still gripping and irrevocably gruesome fare played to perfection by a top notch cast, chief amongst them a suitably jumpy Perkins in a career defining role. An audacious treasure trove of riches." (Wood 2000) Wood brilliantly picks up upon the the relation between mother and son, as well as Hitchcock's subtle and intelligent hints/play on words. This all adds a richness to the content and evokes a bold response within the audience.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Hitchcock, Alfred (1960) Psycho Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Psycho_(1960).jpg (Accessed on:11/2/12)
Figure 2. Hitchcock, Alfred (1960) Classic and most parodied scene - The Shower Sequence. At: http://cinephilefix.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/hitch1.jpg (Accessed on:11/2/12)
Figure 3. Hitchcock, Alfred (1960) Norman Bates. At: http://www.totalfilm.com/features/50-best-movie-closing-lines/psycho-1960 (Accessed on:11/2/12)
BBC David Wood (2000) Psycho (1960). At: http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2000/12/13/psycho_1960_review.shtml (Accessed on:11/2/12)
Roger Ebert (1998) Psycho (1960). At: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19981206/REVIEWS08/401010353/1023 (Accessed on:11/2/12)
David Jenkins (2010) Psycho (1960). At: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/71535/psycho.html (Acessed on:11/2/12)