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'How far would you describe " Psycho" as a horror film?' 'Psycho' could be described as either a horror or a thriller. To be a horror, films should be scary, gruesome and generally be about what you see, like violence and a lot of bloodshed. Thrillers are mainly more about what you think, because they mainly make you think about the plot and who the killer is and their motive. There is more suspense to make you think about the storyline in depth aswell as watching it. One of the reasons that this film made the top ten films of all time is because of the way suspense is built. The suspense is built, using different mediums. The music lets you know what kind of mood the scene has. The full string orcraster is great for the high-pitched mood setting to make everyone sit on edge. The high pitched strings create a stabbing noise suggesting death. ...read more.

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Knowing that if he actually showed the couple having sex people would be totally shocked and not like the film and also it wouldn't get passed the censors of the time. So instead he showed Marion on the bed in her bra and slip and Sam zipping up his trousers. This was shocking enough to the film going public at the time. He also left an untouched lunch tray on the bedside suggesting that they hadn't been eating in their lunch break. Now film directors wouldn't think twice about showing people having sex, given the nature of the material. All these things really come together in the shower scene where Marion tragically loses her life. The music is all calm as is she when she steps into the shower. There are quite a few cuts here to show her from every angle, this is fast and builds tension and terror by raising the pace of the film as the viewers were used to long, slow single camera shot up until now. ...read more.

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The bath tubs in both films look identical. Their both white and free standing from the wall. Most thrillers and Horrors have something that refers to 'Psycho'. No wonder this is apparently the most celebrated film ever. So " how far would you describe 'Psycho' as a horror film?" Well this film isn't full of gruesome blood and guts and their isn't an unrealistic killer. There is a lot of suspense and a killer that seems believable. This leads me to think that this film is more of a thriller than a horror. But then this film doesn't really make you think because you suspect Norman of killing Marion because his mother is an old invalid and I we know this because Norman said she needs him around because she isn't very able, and there is no one else is about. Even though Norman's mother killed Marion it was still Norman under his mothers disguise so it wasn't really Norman's mother just what Norman thought to be his mother. So to answer the question 'Psycho' is a horror/thriller hybrid. But it tends to lean more to the thriller side of the hybrid. ...read more.

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