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Hitchcock makes Psycho a frightening and worrying experience for his audience by maintaining suspense at pivotal moments throughout the film.

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PSYCHO The film 'Psycho,' was filmed on 16 June, 1960. This film is world renowned and was an immediate box-office success. 'Psycho' was described as 'the most astounding, audacious and successful film ever made. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960. This film is in black and white but it had an option to be in colour but it had too much blood present in the scenes to be in colour. 'Psycho' was not rated until 1968 when it was rated M for mature audiences only. It was voted eighteenth place in the 'greatest American movies' and first in '100 most thrilling movies ever.' 'Psycho' was the first film to introduce a single main character and kill her halfway through the film; this confuses the audience as they don't know what will happen next. 'Psycho' was based on what was thought to be the original 'Psycho' called Ed Gein who was one of the most notorious murderers in American history. His bizarre natures of his crimes were disgusting and shocked the world. Hitchcock makes 'Psycho' a frightening and worrying experience for his audience by maintaining suspense at pivotal moments throughout the film. ...read more.

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When the policeman is talking to Marion we feel her fear because of her emotions, for example her eyebrows raised, biting of lip and the nervous pitch to her voice. We also feel Marion's fear because the policeman's face has backlighting on it which chisels out features and the glasses conceal identity which makes you feel cautious. The Bates house is gothic looking and it is dark and daunting which makes the setting feel uninviting. When Norman Bates was speaking to private detective Arbogast he said "Old habits die hard". There are other scenes where there is irony like when Arbogast was murdered the way he fell down the stairs Alfred Hitchcock tried to make it look funny in a very sick sense of humour. There is a tree next to Norman Bates in a poster, the tree is dead, the branches have been broken, and it's a sort of description of Norman Bates. The camera creates suspense in the film for example, when Arbogast was in the Bates household while he was walking up the staircase the camera moved onto his mother's room where we saw the door open but Arbogast didn't see it and he got killed. ...read more.

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An element of pathetic fallacy is present when Marian is driving into the Bates Motel which hints that something bad is going to happen. When Norman Bates clears the murder scene you can clearly see he is mechanical with his clear-up and makes you assume that he has done this before. During the shower scene we can see Marion looks vulnerable in 'Picture B' and we sense that something is going to happen. We see the terror and desperation in Marion's face with a close up of her mouth opened wide shown in 'Picture A.' The shower scene is a brilliant scene which employs great techniques: Mother/Norman arrives, and the violins start... Marion screams, and I think we do also. Famous image and extraordinarily dramatic: Marion stabbed to death, slides along the wall. Blood flows. This part was accused to be one of the most shocking and Hitchcock was accused to use the noise of the water falling down a toilet. This technique is wonderful cross-fading on Marion's dead eye. Throughout 'Psycho', high pitch music, backlighting and close-up camera angles create tension in the film Psycho and make the audience feel involved but also frightened and worried. Picture A Picture B Christopher Hartley Chris Hartley ...read more.

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