Sunday Classic Trailer Picks: Psycho (1960)

psycho-movie-posterI’ve been promising some new weekly features, and here is the first of them. Trailers can really either be very good or very bad. They can often do a disservice both to the movie they are touting by completely misselling it, or giving away too much. What I’m wanting to focus on here, though, are trailers for classic movies that get it right. Those that really leave you wanting more, just the way they should. So I thought I’d begin the feature today with a trailer that is actually a kind of short film in itself from a man who was a master at selling his films, namely Alfred Hitchcock. Hitch’s trailer for Psycho is basically an appointment with a real estate agent from hell, and the film maker obviously has his tongue planted firmly in his cheek throughout. Here, take a look:

Now that’s how you sell a film (though it may not be the best way to unload a property).

So what do you think about the Psycho trailer? Do you know of any really good trailers? Or are there any classic films you’d like to see trailers for?  And what do you think about this new feature? Let me know in the comment below.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

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