• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Alfred Hitchcock create anxiety in the shower scene from Psycho

Extracts from this document...


Psycho Alfred Hitchcock creates anxiety in the shower scene from "Psycho" by using non-diegetic music to build tension and using Mise en scene to give the maximum effect. Fear or anxiety is the feeling of discomfort, the feeling of not knowing what's going to happen or even the feeling of insecurity. Many people enjoy that feeling and go to the cinema to get it. They go for the pure thrill factor that the horror films provide. One of the most famous directors for causing anxiety is Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock was born in London on the 13th August 1899 to a William and Emma Hitchcock. At 16 Hitchcock studied engineering and navigation at the university of London and got his first taste of film at paramount studios as a title designer for films, this is where he met his wife Alma Reville who he married in December 1926. Alfred Hitchcock then worked his way up the movie food chain and went on to direct such masterpieces as "Psycho" and "Vertigo". Unfortunately Alfred Hitchcock died on the 29th of April 1980 aged 80 years old. The story of "Psycho" is an extremely interesting and different one. Marian steals $40,000 from her boss and runs away to be with her boyfriend Sam. ...read more.


Herrmann created some of the scariest music ever written, the theme tune from "Psycho" is contrapuntal music and it is a repetitive resounding tune. The sounds used in the shower scene are much more complex than what it first seems. The music in our extract is aggressive, screechy, tough harsh and creates a lot of different sounds using such a small variety of instruments. This builds tension and gives the "real hide behind your hands feeling". The noises in the shower scene, especially the water in the shower becomes a very uncomfortable sound even though its only water, it builds the feeling of not knowing and makes an audience very uneasy. The repetitive sound stays in an audience's head particularly when everything is silent when she is lying dead on the bathroom floor. Silence is used in two different ways in the shower scene; the first time is when Marian gets in the shower. She is happy and feels care free after deciding to go back and return the money. Hitchcock shows this with only body language and facial expressions, this silence is pleasant and happy. The second time in the scene where Hitchcock uses silence is when Norman Bates has just run into the bathroom to find Marian dead on the bathroom floor, this silence is tense and edgy. ...read more.


Editing can make or break a horror movie, it made "Psycho". Editing can make an audience feel calm and relaxed by using slow editing or make an audience feel uneasy using fast or frantic editing. Editing in the whole film is extremely effective, it builds tension and anxiety by using fast paced editing during the attack scenes and slow paced editing before and afterwards, Hitchcock these editing techniques before to build suspense and after the attack to give the audience some time to contemplate over what has just happened. Hitchcock uses montage editing in the shower scene to keep the audience focused on the screen and kept in complete suspense. It does this by putting brief shots together and creating an emotional impact. The editing is always parallel to what is happening, in the frantic attack they use frantic editing. Editing is used in the shower scene to build anxiety by printing key moments in an audience members head using fast paced editing; he builds suspense and time to reflect with slower paced editing. Alfred Hitchcock creates anxiety in the shower scene using mise en scene, cinematography, sound and editing I think Hitchcock created a fantastic film. "Psycho" combines tension, anxiety and a fantastic storyline using a variety of techniques to create maximum effect. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1.  How does Hitchcock create atmosphere, tension and shock in Psycho?

    Lila then is startled by the image of herself in a mirror. This suggests Lila knows she shouldn't be there and she is also scared of what might happen to her. Lila then turns towards the Bed where we see where someone has recently lain.

  2. How does Alfred Hitchcock create suspense and tension in psycho? Focus particularly on the ...

    to its ability to build up expectations within the audience and create a huge amount of tension and suspense. There are two different sounds in the film diegetic and non-diegetic sounds. A diegetic sound is any sound present as originated from a source within the film, it could be voices of characters or sound made from objects in the film.

  1. Looking at the trial and execution of Sir Thomas More, how do Robert Bolt's ...

    There is one last attempt by Cromwell to get More to give in: "Sir Thomas, I am empowered to tell you that even now-" but More declines. The importance of 'empowered' is that Cromwell has the power to ask More, but More has greater symbolic power to deny it.

  2. How does Hitchcock create suspense and tension in the film "Psycho?"

    After the death the music stops and all you could hear is the running water. The long close ups and bright lighting signifies to the audience what just happened. Hitchcock used music to increase the tension to the audience. Therefore, the music being slow and steady creates a sinister feeling towards the audience.

  1. Evaluating The Silence Of The Lambs.

    there are just a few naked bulbs at the bottom of the stairs and as she walks down the shadow overcomes her feet and they are in complete darkness showing the audience she is once again heading for danger. You are then shown a shot of her at the bottom of the stairs.

  2. "In 'Psycho' how has Alfred Hitchcock created tension throughout the film and what effect ...

    In the scene where Norman brings Marion a tray of dinner, there is a faint reflection of himself in the window behind him. This could be his other personality, Mother, watching over him. In that same scene at one point the lighting portrays a long sinister shadow behind Norman, which creates images for two people.

  1. Having Watched Gus Van Sant's Remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Film Psycho Analyse How Van ...

    Marian Crane gets up out of her chair as she destroys the evidence but instead of moving to another shot Van Sant uses the same camera to pan across the room and follow her. The camera shows a shot that encroaches on Marian as it is very close to her all of the time.

  2. How does Steven Spielberg use cinematic techniques to create excitement, realism and tension in ...

    Spielberg too had to show it in this way. During the Scene, everywhere you turn, there is a person dying a painful death, with screams pronouncing the bodies awash with blood. Spielberg creates compassion among the audience, with empathy for the injured. However, he also arouses tension as the thought that maybe one of their favoured characters will be next, loiters in their minds.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work