What this shows is the switch in Marion’s character. Her nature is now back to ... ... middle of paper ... ...It made watching a movie interesting again because no one was safe. In the end Psycho gave birth to movies as we know them today especially our horror films. It inspired more mystery in murder films and even played a small part in detective films.
Presentational Devices and Visual Images in Hitchcock's Psycho "Hitchcock stunned the world in 1960 with the horror film that pushed back the boundaries of acceptability. He wanted a reaction, and he got one. Audiences fainted, walked out and boycotted screenings but they wouldn't forget the horror that was Psycho." We have been studying the acclaimed thriller 'Psycho' produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In this essay I will be analysing the two murder scenes and how visual images, (images seen on screen that stick in the mind of the audience or have some greater significance), and careful presentational devices, (camera shots, sound, lighting etrc) have created this filming masterpiece.
They hadn’t seen a film like it before. The film was blamed for an increase of violent murders just as films are today. Alfred Hitchcock was already a famous director before ‘Psycho’ was made. He was well known for his strange and macabre films. ‘Psycho’ was based on the book by Robert Bloch, about real killings of psychopath Ed Gein.
The 1960s film Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock was groundbreaking and continues to influence film making to this day. The film has been credited as being the foundation for modern day horror films and launching the “slasher” sub-genre. Alfred Hitchcock was known as the master of suspense which definitely proved to be true through all of his movies, especially his most influential film, Psycho, which surprised the audience with shocking bursts of violence and provocative sexual explicitness thus changing cinema forever. Although it may have not been his best film it became one of his most successful. Psycho was a change in pace for Hitchcock.
What makes these movies scary? Why are people attracted to horror films? Why are some older horror films remade and some are not? When these movies are remade, why are some successful and others are not? During the 70’s and 80’s, the horror genre was thriving in the movie industry.
These directors created an intense, fabricated reality to which its audience can escape and relate to. These directors were immortalized by their fil... ... middle of paper ... ...realistic. These symptoms affect a large amount of the population, and create a serious problem. Horror movies are supposed to make its audience’s palms sweat and heart beat fast; however, the intention is not for its audience to experience chest pains. In truth, it shows the affect horror movies have on its audience.
Film Violence Do you think there is a case for censoring films more radically than present or is this an infringement of personal liberty? Films are often blamed as an influencing factor in violent crimes, most notably murder. People think that films have influenced a number of killers in high profile cases such as the Jamie Bulger murder, which was linked to ‘Childs Play 3’ by the press. Another was when a 14-year-old Texan boy decapitated a girl in an effort to become famous like thee stars of ‘Natural Born Killers’ and ‘Rambo’ was said to have influenced Michael Ryan when he shot 11 people at Hungerford in 1988. But would censoring films more radically make any difference?
This film influenced suspense films such as Fatal Attraction. The film was controversial and was blamed for many murders in America. It was reported the Hitchcock pretended to re-edit the shower sequence as the film industry thought it was too violent. Hitchcock actually re-submitted it unchanged. He got away with it!
Also horror films of the 1950's dealt with peoples fear of political issues of the time, ''The Invasion of the Body Sna... ... middle of paper ... ...aboos like the scene where Marion has just made love to Sam, this was sex outside of marriage this was not even talked about let alone put into a mainstream film. She was stabbed to death naked in the shower. None of this had ever been done before, even the killer was completely extraordinary, on the surface he appeared to be the average boy-next-door but really he was a cross dressing psychopath who thought he was he mother. It may seem tame now compared to modern day horror movie killers, but at the time it was a revelation. Also it was so different from classical narrative tradition, it was the forerunner of modern filmmaking style that is films as emotional events.
While many critics were upset at the “commercialization” of one of the greatest characters in the history of American cinema, an even more interesting change may be indicated through the character's acceptance in mainstream culture. Hannibal Lecter is a different type of cannibal monster than those previously seen in horror films, as shown through his motivations and criminal actions, and has been accepted by the audience as an “anti-hero” instead of the antagonist of the movie. Cannibalism has become a prevalent theme in horror movies since the 1960s. According to Robin Wood, “[t]he cannibalism motif functions in two ways. Occasionally, members of a family devour each other [ .