The entire book is made up of superficiality. At first it seems as if Ellis wrote American Psycho with the intentions of alienating his audience. Through the meticulous list of dishes on the menu at the hottest, new restaurant, or the sartorial items and the dull dialogues on mainstream musical artists such as, Genesis and Whitney Houston. We can see that Ellis is working toward an agenda. It seems safe to presume that indicators, such as Bateman’s consumerist fascinations and his sexism, are shown to help Ellis in instigating a contemptuous evaluation of the prevailing culture of consumerism which exists now just as it did in the late 1980’s as Bret Easton Ellis informs in an interview; “I was writing about a society in which the surface became
In the article, “Psycho at Fifty: Pure Cinema or Invitation to an Orgy?” by John A. Bertolini, he describes how the images and scenes throughout the whole movie and its more arguable parts are what made the film stick with the imagination of Hitchcock’s audience. He goes on to give an explanation of how Hitchcock is as well one of few directors who is able to mix a little humor to go along with his vicious plot. Bertolini speculates that the audience was thrown off by savagery depicted in this film and more concerned with the emotions that were created by Hitchcock’s movie. He also outlines how much controversy the film created Psycho by stating how it, “reflected the changes at work in the larger society, especially the increasing insiste...
Inspired by the life of the demented, cannibalistic Wisconsin killer Ed Gein (whose heinous acts would also inspire THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, 1974 and DERANGED, 1974), PSYCHO is probably Hitchcock's most gruesome and dark film. Its importance to its genre cannot be overestimated. PSYCHO's enduring influence comes not only from the Norman Bates character (who has since been reincarnated in a staggering variety of forms), but also from the psychological themes Hitchcock develops.
The human body and mind are the most complex and intricate tools known to man. The connection between the two are remarkable, the way body feels pain and the mind is able to understand from where and how the pain is being formed, the way the body lags and drops when the mind does not have enough sleep and rest. Most curiously, it is the way our body and mind speak to each other without really knowing. It is the uncomfortable feeling in your chest, the tenseness of your shoulders and the goose-bumps on your arms that are the very basics of human intuition. Intuition is knowing something without having a logical or reasonable explanation to follow the feeling. But it is when our intuition overcomes our ability to think that we become paranoid; constantly looking over our shoulders, noticing people and objects that were never noticed before, and having this retching feeling that someone is out to get you. Paranoia is a thought process where anxiety and fear accumulate to the point where the person suffers from irritation and delusions. It is often developed through an inner guilty conscience which threatens the self. It is that exact tingling sensation in your stomach, the tightness in your throat and the eerie feeling that you are being watched that makes James and Hitchcock's pieces realistically fantastical. The alternate worlds illustrated in these pieces are not of those of dreams and fairy tales, nor those people superheroes or chimeras, but a realist world, where the minds of the characters are exposed and the only source of reliability. James depicts a young woman who struggles to be a heroine for her wards, only to be torn between the lines of sanity as she questions the existence of two ghosts, while Hitchcock’s psycho can ...
American Psycho is a novel written by the American author Bret Easton Ellis. Ellis, as an author, has written and published seven literary works. American Psycho was written already in the 1980s, but it was published only in 1991. The novel had drawn a great deal of criticism even prior to its official release. When the novel was published in 1991 it was received with heavy criticism. Because of the novel’s dark nature Ellis had received death threats which suggested that Ellis should be dismembered as the victims of the novel’s fictional killer Patrick Bateman. The opinion on the novel among literary critics has changed ever since the novel had achieved cult status among readers. However, American Psycho still remains known primarily for the
The once popular Universal monster movies had fallen out of fashion. Instead, proto-types for modern horror genres emerged. American fears of communism and the sexual repression and frustration of women was widely reflected in the horror genre. At this time, the Hays Code was still widely reinforced and this impacted the portrayal of sex and violence on-screen. Overtly sexual characters, especially women, had to be “punished” by the end of film as a way of reinforcing American values. This laid out the groundwork for future slasher films, most clearly seen in the 1959 movie Psycho by director Alfred Hitchcock. The protagonist at the start of the film is Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), a secretary who plans to steal money from work so she can run away with her boyfriend. She feels trapped and lonely as an “older” unmarried women who is routinely demeaned at her place of work. Her isolation connects her to another, more sinister character, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) – the soft-spoken owner of Bates Motel. Norman appears to be controlled by a domineering, if not outright abusive, mother. As explained in A History of Horror, “Norman Bates is the psychopath in our midst, the person we would never suspect, the evil that hides in plain sight . . . Psycho changed the conventions of the horror film forever. “(Dixon, 76)The infamous twist of the film reveals Norman’s to be long dead, and is in fact “played” by Norman himself when he goes into murderous rage. Both Marion and Norman are protected by their assumed passivity, yet both become so frustrated with their place in society that they act out in frightening or unexpected ways. Their antisocial is a reflection of the fears American society had about womanhood, especially womanhood that wasn’t as docile as previously thought. This dual, unusual depiction of undesirable womanhood reoccurs throughout horror films. Later in Whatever
In psycho we are acquainted with Marion in a room. Marion is not married but rather having an affair in with somebody that is married. Hitchcock utilizes scenes all through the utilization of various camera angles. He makes great utilization of the camera shooting from an airborne vintage point and he utilizes components of the scene to consolidate the shot. In the film we can nearly observe the relationship the characters have and theres subtle pressure in respects with the families unit. Family violence of the Bates household is the explosion of range agains this society. That this violence could not for long be contained within the family. Hitchcock's loathsomeness is unhidden and strikes at the core of the family, at the concentration purpose of mother, father and kids.
...eam, as Romero showcases the fact that the flaws shown within the characters end up turning their situation into something far worse than it had been in the beginning. It shows just how depraved, violent and absolutely terrifying humans can easily become when put into situations without consequences. Romero’s film is dredged in cynicism towards the modern American Dream, the way he deals with symbolism towards how “just” the American system is during battles and war, and how incredibly messed up our generalized view on racism and the ever ongoing struggle for certain ethnic groups to survive is. “The negativity of the characters extends, in fact, into every facet of their lives; indeed, the film implies the deepest denial of the goodness of effectiveness of every facet of human life in general. Every kind of human relationship is ridiculed or negated in the film.” 4
In the film, American Psycho, Patrick Bateman was a wealthy investment banker who also happened to be a serial killer. He was highly intelligent and was charming which attracted many of the women who came his way. Unlike most people in the world, he lived in constant pain. He was rarely happy with himself, and also hated everyone around him. He felt that he needed to inflict his pain on others in violent ways. He always had something disgusting to say such as, “I like to dissect girls; I am utterly insane.” It is outside of the norm to speak in this way, therefore he would be considered deviant. He displayed feelings of distress as he became frustrated very easily with himself and others. Everything
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, in the film Halloween, a six-year-old boy named Michael Myers was seen stabbing his older sister to death with a gigantic kitchen knife then leaving to stand outside the house with a blank expression on his face. As a result he was sent to Smith Grove’s Mental Hospital which he escapes from 15 years later to go after 17 year old Laurie Strode and her friends Lynda and Annie. Warshow’s essay, The Gangster as Tragic Hero, depicts American society’s need to show public cheerfulness and maintain a positive morale as well as its desire for something more sinister, something more brutal. This desire to indulge in the forbidden fruit of sadism and cruelty is what makes the gangster persona so appealing to the nation. He is the man of the city. He emerges from the crowd as a successful outlaw and his only aspiration is success through brutality.