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Psycho. The film is one of a kind mainly due to the amazing amount of suspense that is drilled into it. Hitchcock skilfully manipulates and guides the audience into thinking what he wants them to

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Psycho Psycho, originally released in 1957 as a novel written by Robert Bloch, is now better known as a film by the true master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. The version was first viewed by the audience on a big screen in 1960. Taking on the role of the editor and director, he created a film that merely survived the censorship laws. In the course of making the film he broke all film conventions at the time by displaying its leading female having lunch in her white undergarments in the first scene. Next there was the shot of a toilet, and flush, inside a bathroom. And finally killing off the star of the show, Janet Leigh, a third of the way through the film, but because of the experience and wit of Hitchcock, the film went ahead with only few complaints. The film is one of a kind mainly due to the amazing amount of suspense that is drilled into it. Hitchcock skilfully manipulates and guides the audience into thinking what he wants them to think by using music, camera angles and mise en scene, creating the atmosphere it is famous for. The music he uses can be generally described as non-diagetic sounds because they sound out of tune, shrill and discordant making the audience feel very uneasy. Sometimes Hitchcock lures the audience into a false sense of security by using calm, gentle and relaxing music before a sudden event that is launched upon the unsuspecting audience leaving them on the edge of their seats and wanting more. ...read more.


Marion leaves the parlour and retreats to her cabin. At this point Hitchcock has slowed down the tempo of the film purposefully, so that the audience will not expect the sudden death of Marion. Norman is then seen peering through a hole in the wall at Marian getting changed. This implies that the main point of this film is not the stolen money, but love and sex. I believe this because Marian stole the money in the first place so that she could live her happy life with her lover. Rhythmic music is used whilst the audience pleasantly views the main character of the film in the shower. As she is one of the biggest stars of her day and also advertised as the star/main actor in the film the audience is fooled into thinking that one third of the way through a 'detective thriller' she is highly unlikely to be killed. However Hitchcock had put this in to add extra surprise to her gruesome death. When 'Mother' enters the bathroom we see just her shadow creep up out of the room next door. However the cleverly planned dim lighting and the use of the shower curtain obscured any chance that the figure could have been a man and instead looked to be smaller. Also the light from the back made the killer to look like they had short curly hair. The audiences instant reaction is to yell out to Marion to turn round, proving the director has established a relationship between Marian and the audience. ...read more.


She goes closer and closer to mother, as the audience gradually get more and more nervous. Eventually when she reaches mother she turns the chair round only to find that there is a skeleton on it. You would think that this would calm down the audience but in fact it heightens the tension as the audience sees how all of the previous scenes fit together and make sense. The audience now knows that Norman is the killer and that he is inevitably going to find Lila especially after she screamed at the sight of the skeleton. The tension heightens again and then up another level when Norman (dressed as mother) enters the room. However Sam then disarms Norman and the atmosphere relaxes slightly as Hitchcock gives time to the audience to recover. In my opinion this film is one of the greatest suspense horror films of all time. It uses devices that actually fooled me into thinking what the director wanted me to think, unlike a lot of suspense films today. One thing I liked was that the film was in black and white and on a very tight budget because it proves that a best selling movie does not need millions of pounds spent on it to succeed. I also like the gothic theme that the old house gave to the film; it really creates extra suspense just by the looks. I like the film because however many times I watch it, I get the same thrills over and over again, I never get bored of seeing it and each time I watch it I see something new. ?? ?? ?? ?? Peter Neal - 10HD Psycho assessment ...read more.

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