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

Psycho is without doubt a masterpiece. The director, Hitchcock, deliberately used many devices and techniques to inject suspense and horror into the audience.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Psycho Psycho is without doubt a masterpiece. The director, Hitchcock, deliberately used many devices and techniques to inject suspense and horror into the audience. One way that he did this was by using clever camera angles. Another was how he made use of fast-moving camera angles and sound to a good effect. One of the factors that makes Psycho a good film was that it is not predictable, for instance the main character and biggest star in the film, dies a third of the way into the film, plus all through the film little red herrings and unexpected plot twists are thrown in eg. the money was a red herring. All the red herrings and twists improve the film and make it more tense. Hitchcock was a master at positioning the camera angle, he could get it so that it could create suspense and horror and not give anything away at the same time. Another noticeable style of Hitchcock's was the speed that everything went at, all the horror and scary parts were built up slowly and weren't sudden. ...read more.

Middle

The blood was also the main reason for the movie being in black and white rather than colour because Hitchcock knew that it wouldn't pass the censors if it was in colour. Another show of symbolism was the eyes of Norman when he was peeping into Marion's room and Marion's eyes when the camera slowly moves out from in the shower, immediately after the murder. Hitchcock's style is definitely slow whilst building up suspense and conning the audience to think and feel what he wants, this is shown when Norman is clearing up after the murder, he is doing so very slowly and methodically, so that the atmosphere is very tense and the audience are manipulated into wanting Norman to succeed in cleaning up the evidence because they see him as a scared young man protecting his mother and they think that he wouldn't hurt anyone. The scene with Arbogast's death is a fine example of Hitchcock's excellent directing. He started by showing another full - face shot whilst he is taking off his hat and this makes him look more vulnerable. ...read more.

Conclusion

A further example of this is when Lila is looking around the house and she is moving very slowly around upstairs and Hitchcock is using shots reflected from a mirror. This is meant to confuse the audience and spook them. When she goes down to the cellar, this is where the fast editing and sound comes into the equation. Also, Hitchcock used a swinging light bulb to cast light and dark on the set; this was real genius as it increased the horror. One last example of Hitchcock's fine directing was at the very end when Norman was sitting in the police station and the camera was zooming in close to his face, just as the scene was about to change, he merged the skull of mother slightly with his face; this was obviously because he wanted the face to stick in the mind of the audience and haunt them. Overall, Hitchcock used a combination of camera trickery and admirable symbolism to produce a suspense classic that, not only is popular forty years on, but has inspired other more recent horror films. ...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 Films 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 Films essays

  1. How does the director create suspense and tension for the audience in the film

    Anne said, "If I was crying I'd tell you". Grace then said "oh so I was imagining it then". Anne said, "No it was that boy". Grace sits on a stool "what boy?" The camera uses a high angle on both Anne and Grace when Grace sits on the stool.

  2. What makes a horror story? Compare the ways in which Stevenson and Greene use ...

    characters are young and innocent and so when Francis dies from his fear, it is more unexpected and shocking. Throughout 'The Body-Snatcher' we learn about Macfarlane and how he enticed Fettes into body snatching, this gives the reader even more reason to hate and not trust Macfarlane.

  1. Psycho. The shower scene is the key scene because this is the scene ...

    This is due to the fact that we know more than the characters and feel as though we should warn them. Another aspect of a good film is the irony in it. Irony is created when the audience knows more about the events than the characters do.

  2. How does Alfred Hitchcock make the viewing of Psycho a frightening and worrying experience?"

    character even more and it is as if he is watching us. There is dramatic irony here as we know Marion is going to give the money back - but also realise that this would defy conventions of all films thus leaving the film with little plot and we foresee

  1. Techniques used by the director in the execution scene of "Dead man walking".

    He confesses absolutely everything that happened and it is not good. In this scene he admits that he was involved in the killing of the two young people and that he raped the girl. This is a hugely significant scene in the film as it tells us that he did

  2. How does Alfred Hitchcock create tension and suspense in 'Psycho'?

    As Marion drives up to the bungalow type buildings, the lights are on in the office, but when she gets out of the car and goes inside, nobody's there. This adds to the feeling of isolation. Marion goes outside again and looks round the corner towards the old house on the hill above the motel.

  1. Describe Hitchcock's techniques and themes in his classic film, "Psycho"

    The use of the word "parlour" - as in "come into my parlour, said the spider to the fly", establishes the route that Marion will inevitably take as the victim. The significance of this brief line becomes all the more apparent at the end of the film when Mother, who

  2. Free essay

    The Many Fear Factors of The Thing (1982)

    2 The ending Taking on a similar subject as the previous chapter, the Things ending may also have affected its popularity. As mentioned before the film is about a group of American scientist fighting the Thing organism. Towards the end like most films, good seems for a moment to have

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