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Fear and Confusion: Psycho (1960) and Carrie (1976),

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John Heylin May 8, 2007 Section AD Recipe for Horror In horror films, there is always one scene that opens up the perceived realm of normality to that of fear and confusion. Directors and authors alike use these scenes to show the change in the pace of the film. In both the movie Psycho (1960) and Carrie (1976), shower scenes are used to mark this epic turning point with sexuality, blood and voyeurism; the most important ingredients to horror. The idea of sneaking around and peering into forbidden places gives just about everyone a thrill. Voyeurism is used strongly in both Psycho and Carrie due to its ability to entice thrill in the viewer. In Carrie, we start the scene by looking into a girls' high school locker room; scantily clad or naked girls moving in slow-motion in front of the camera give the thrill of both trespassing and the chance of being caught. The camera gradually slides across the locker room floor, slowly so as to allow us to look at the changing girls. ...read more.


We can only imagine what she looks like, giving the audience the same thoughts that raced through Norman's mind as he looked in on her through the peephole. Carrie is also highly sexualized, more so given the fact that more nudity was allowed with the changing times. As we gaze at the different close-up camera shots of her body, we watch as she reaches for the soap. The audience watches as she rubs soap all over her body in slow motion, her face complacent in both peace and pleasure. Carrie then begins to rub her breasts and her inner thigh in a very provocative manner, giving the audience an almost erotic feeling. These sexual scenes lure the audience into a false sense of security; we believe all is well and we let down our guard. It is for this reason why the climactic scenes are so shocking; if the sexual relaxation were not to occur, the next part of the scene would not be as - 2 - shocking to us. ...read more.


Our false sense of security makes this scene that much more horrifying. The blood in Carrie symbolizes not just a change in the tempo of the film, but a physical change in her body. No longer is she a girl, but a - 3 - woman, a woman who can now control objects with her mind. The blood in both movies symbolizes a turning point in the movie, a point where what we thought we knew is no longer relevant. It is the combination of blood, voyeurism, and sexuality that marks the scene which is the turning point in both Carrie and Psycho. The thrill of spying, the peaceful passion of sexuality, and the shock of blood all combine to form the prefect recipe for a climactic horror scene as well as a great horror movie. Without these factors, horror movies would not be what they are today; they would just be simple murder mysteries. It is the idea of the unknown and the idea that we, as the audience, are also vulnerable to whatever malice is occurring onscreen that gives horror films the ability to scare, the ability to make you shudder, and the ability to make that sense of security you feel around you disappear. - 4 - ...read more.

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