Show MoreRunning water, a high-pitched scream, shrill violins, pierced flesh, a torn curtain, gurgling water: these were the sounds that gave a whole new meaning to the word "horror" in the year 1960. With enough close-ups and cuts to simulate the feeling of a heart attack, the notorious shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho serves as the ultimate murder sequence in cinematic history. What makes the scene so frightening isn't so much the blood or the screams or the cross-dressing murderer: the true horror lies Hitchcock's use the camera. It enables us to enter the mind of the killer and literally "cuts" up our protagonist. Through the use of carefully crafted sounds, lighting, camera angles and cuts, Hitchcock creates a visually striking and…show more content…
The clinking sound of the curtain being torn from the hinges deny Marion her chance stay alive. We are left a gurgling drain, endless running water, and a dead protagonist. Throughout the scene, Hitchcock engages the audience by enabling us to act as voyeurs. In her most vulnerable moment Marion undresses for the shower. While Hitchcock do go about the scene "tastefully" and choses not to expose her breasts, the frequent and camera cuts force us to focus our attention on different aspects of Marion's body. We are no longer viewing a monotonous, every-day activity, but a private moment. Although the killer is not yet present we do get a glimpse of Marion from outside the curtain. Somehow, this is a more invasive view than before. The sheer fabric can't even keep us out. With the view from the inside the camera literally cuts off Marion's breasts. We becomes instant peeping Toms, essentially no better than Norman Bates himself. Unsettling the viewer, Hitchcock cuts to a shot of the shower head spewing water onto the camera. This tiny glimpse into Marion's point of view allows us to fully comprehend her vulnerability. But when the camera cuts back to show her euphoric expression under the running water, something has changed. The camera now creeps closer and rises with each subsequent shot until captures Marion in her
Hitchcock's Film Psycho Essay
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Hitchcock's Film Psycho Ever since the first horror movies were produced they have attracted huge audiences seeking to be scared, chilled and thrilled. Horror movies are so popular because the audience can get the adrenaline rush of being scared without actually putting themselves in danger, and also the audience ultimately get a rush of relief at the end of the film when the killer is killed. This is the same reason why people go on roller coasters because you get the adrenaline rush and then the relief when you get off. Also often horror movies are highly sexual films, and what's more it's a great excuse to hug your girlfriend!
Horror movies started in the…show more content…
These were produced by the British Hammer studios. Also Roger Corman, an American director made low budget gothic films of a number of the Edgar Allen Poe stories.
One of the most famous horror films not just of the 1960's but of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's ''Psycho'' broke new ground. It was like nothing ever seen before. Hitchcock is thought of as one of the most important film makers in the history of cinema. He is not regarded just as a normal director, but as an ''auteur'' (this means artist or author in French) Auteurs, unlike ordinary directors who are just technicians, impose their own vision upon the script and their films are regarded as having a consistency of style and themes. In many of Hitchcock's films, there is stylistic unity. An example of this is Hitchcock's reliance on editing. By changing the viewpoint implied by the change of shot, he can fully involve the audience in the action. An example of this is the famous shower scene in ''Psycho'' 34 shots appear on screen in just 25 seconds. Also in Hitchcock's films he use's a lot of point-of-view shots which is linked with Hitchcock's fascination with voyeurism. Two examples of this are in ''Vertigo'' where Scottie is hired to follow Madeline and in ''Psycho'' where Norman Bates spies on Marion as she