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How does "Alfred Hitchcock's" PSYCHO create and sustain suspense for a modern audience?

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How does "Alfred Hitchcock's" PSYCHO create and sustain suspense for a modern audience? Psycho is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling movies ever made. The director Alfred Hitchcock is universally regarded as one of the best directors who ever lived. The way that he is able to create and sustain suspense throughout all his movies and able to keep the audience glued to the T.V is believed to be magical. However, we are now living in the twenty first century and the methods that Alfred Hitchcock uses, may not attract a modern audience. With computer aided designs (CAD) and special effects around, Psycho may not be able to keep up with the gripping thrillers, like the trilogy of 'Scream'. The main plot of the story is about a girl called Marion Crane who is an accountant. While she is on a lunch-time session with her boyfriend Sam Loomis, she finds out that her lover is in debts from his father's death and that the only way that they would be able to get married is by getting money. When she returns to work she is given forty thousand dollars to put into a bank. ...read more.


The shadows go in and out of the eye sockets and give the audience a real fright. When you see the back of the mother's head you think that she is actually alive and well but are greatly shocked to find that she is dead. The lighting makes it much more shocking. There were many creepy shadows Throughout the film. Shadows as doors are slowly opened, shadows through shower curtains and shadows made by stuffed animals. They all keep the audience watching and keep them craving for more. Hitchcock could easily have used colour to screen the movie but chose not to. He made the entire movie in black and white. Contemporary viewers are used to watching all programs in colour and this style, and use of black and white wouldn't really appeal to our modern audience. The different ways of using the light are made by the camera angles. The most effect bive camera angle that is used is the close-up. We see many close-ups during the film and the most effective close-ups are the ones that are focused on Marion when she is trying to leave her hometown. You can see as she is driving, the fear of being caught in her eyes. ...read more.


Will she fall into being the first victim of the Psycho? Once Marion has made one bad decision she falls into deeper trouble, which is another wrong choice of activity. A prime example is when she swaps her original car for a different car under the watchful eye of a police officer. The officer looks like a suspicious character; could he be the Psycho? Throughout the movie there are many more wrong decisions and un-answered or un-developed questions. All questions are answered when the film is in its closing stages and to some people it won't be a surprise to them when they find out who the killer is. However, to most people they will only find out who the perpetrator is, in the dying scenes and this is how the tension and suspense Throughout the movie is built up. His ingenious technical style combined with his strange, yet charming wit is what made him one of the most influential directors of all time. Psycho proves that Hitchcock can engulf a whirlpool of terror and tension, with ease. In a career that spanned over half a century, Hitchcock completed over 50 feature length films, captivating audiences and drawing them into a world of mystery, intrigue and suspense! ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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