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Longlegs and Psycho: A horror legacy unveiled

“Longlegs” is one of the best horror movies of the last ten years.





Synopsis of Longlegs directed by Osgood Perkins


“Longlegs” follows Agent Lee Harker, a new FBI recruit who quickly discovers that the case she is assigned to is far from ordinary.

Gifted with psychic abilities, she embarks on the hunt for a serial killer known as Longlegs, whose crimes are as mysterious as they are terrifying.







I am not a fan of horror films. In fact, the less I watch them, the better I feel. However, I love crime and thriller movies, and the synopsis of *Longlegs* intrigued me.

Fortunately, I was not alone in the theater.


Longlegs is a captivating film that fuses psychological terror and paranormal phenomena. It is, according to horror movies fan, one of the greatest film of the last years.

There is some David Lynch reference in the photography and in this horror mixed with irrational.

Who is “longlegs” ? Is it the devil? Is there good and bad separately? Or is religion leading America’s way of life? So many questions that Osgood Perkins asks us, in the right line of an Hitchcock film. Maybe the great British director would filmed this way today.


Oz Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins—famous for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s *Psycho*—brings a fresh perspective to the horror genre.

He immerses us in a chilling atmosphere, and we are drawn into the story with Lee Harker, an investigator with mediumistic abilities. Her character reminds us of Clarice Starling from *The Silence of the Lambs*, played by Jodie Foster.


Connected themes in “Longlegs”

The themes explored in *Longlegs* evoke concerns related to identity and madness found in “Psycho”.

While “Psycho” focuses on the fractures of the human mind, “Longlegs” combines psychology and the paranormal to intensify suspense and fear, creating a constant tension throughout the film.

Although *Longlegs* and *Psycho* share themes related to human psychology and terror, Perkins’ film goes beyond his father’s legacy. Osgood Perkins integrates modern horror elements and a distinctive stylistic approach.

This blend of the old and the new pays homage to classic horror cinema while establishing a new narrative standard for the genre.


The Cast of “Longlegs” and technical crew

Nicolas Cage’s performance as the antagonist offers a diabolical and terrifying interpretation.

Maika Monroe, as Agent Harker, brings emotional depth to an already rich story, supported by the strong performances of Alicia Witt and Blair Underwood.


The cinematography by Andres Arochi is particularly noteworthy, using meticulous shots and a dark color palette to accentuate the film’s oppressive atmosphere.

The film’s ending is as mind-blowing as its beginning.


Not to be missed. In theaters on July 10.


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