That concept is used to induce more fear into the audience through a more realistic plot. Another famous element of a Hitchcock film is the use of an enigmatic villain. Hitchcock was one of the first directors to ... ... middle of paper ... ...ese films to categorize Arlington Road as a classic thriller. I believe the few changes that were made only enhance the film. For example, the tasteless perfect ending is eliminated and replaced with an unconventional one which only adds more suspense to the film.
I would like to inform you about the reasons of his ascention to the title Master of Suspense. Let us talk about how Alfred Hitchcock created Suspense and shock through disorienting the audience. one of the most important elements of suspensehe used is the right Position of the Camera to provide the appropriate perspective upon which the audience will evaluate the characters. What greatly affected the notion of suspense is the use of Light by providing little or no light in the sc... ... middle of paper ... ...udience to use their imagination rather than just sitting and watching the movie for this he chooses the technique of Blurring the Image to allow them to imagine the movement that had just happened. Often one wonders how the great minds of our time were inspired.
Moving on too Psycho, Hitchcock both produced and directed the movie, so he had “ a great deal of involvement in the actual planning and filming of Phsyco. His originality in this area constibuted greatly to the unique nature of the film” . Hitchcock successfully made the audience feel like they were “right inside the situation instead of leaving the to watch it from outside, from a distance”. As a director he broke the actions into details “ cutting from one to the other, so that each detail is forced in turn on the attention of the audience and reveals its psychological meaning.” Another scene that works very well in the film is the pan of Norman going up the stairs to his mother’s room and then taking her to the fruit cellar. In this shot Hitchcock cleverly hides his mothers face with a long shot which ends in an overhead view of Norman carrying her – “This beautifully photographed shot meant to hide the face of Norman’s mother is an example of how Hitchcock uses cinematography to guide our eyes in whichever direction he pleases supporting the
Hitchcock does this by establishing identification with characters like heroine Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) and a sensitive yet perplexing antagonist Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). The cinematography in Psycho manipulates audiences across the globe by building the suspense slowly and inexorably towards the films conclusion. Hitchcock delivers the cynical picture to life by using these cinematic techniques: elements of lighting, framing, and creating tension. Hitchcock knows how to portray the perfect yet spine-chilling moments. Psycho is an extremely visual film, and it is obvious that this is its visual medium.
This use of soundtrack makes the audience comfortable at first and as soon as the loud music comes in, it makes the audience fell menacing which makes us jump but always acts as a contrast to the sharp music. Hitchcock uses the costumes to be shocking and sometimes makes the characters scary. For example he has used this technique for ... ... middle of paper ... ...rman Bates’s house next to the motel, which showed a shadow of somebody walking past the window. This makes us enquiring such as who lives is in the house or is the house owned by ordinary people which has the effect of make the audience nervous. This use of shots combines with other techniques, which creates the overall effect of tension for the audience.
One of the most recognizable motifs in Hitchcock’s work is the concept of the audience as a voyeur to the action of the story, a theme that did well to increase the suspense of the story. Hitchcock applied this technique as a means to blur the line between those perceived as innocent versus those perceived as guilty. He engaged the audience in a way that made even the darkest soul seems slightly endearing; he made the viewer’s privy to secrets that sometimes even the characters on screen weren’t aware of. A recurring theme in several movies, such as 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, and Vertigo, voyeurism is perhaps best used two of Hitchcock’s most recognizable works—Psycho and Rear Window. Many believe that the role of voyeurism helped establish the success of these films.
By examining these techniques I will attempt to comment on how effective the opening sequence is in establishing the audience's expectations of the horror genre. In a typical horror film, the opening scene tends to be very important in setting up the rest of the film. This is true of The Ring, as the opening sequence tells us the urban legend of The Ring, basically setting up the rest of the film for us, as well as showing us it is a horror. The urban legend of the video is quite chilling in the way it is told, due to Becca's facial expressions and her voice, which is quite eerie. This sets the mood and in a way explains to us the way in which the urban legend is meant to be perceived, as it based around horrific, painful deaths, and the fact that an everyday thing such as a video could kill you.
Hitchcocks masterful directing leads the audience to be the frist to understand what is going on. The characters are left in the dark until the suspense reaches its climax. As the impending danger builds, the viewer is allowed to wtiness the situation before the character. This raises the level of suspense making it more realistic. Hitchcock takes normal situations and adds a terffiying twist.
In slasher films, suspense is a big factor to what makes the movie intriguing and keeps the audience watching. Suspense causes people to be on the edge of their seat with anxiety and tension with being unsure of what will happen next. It’s the feeling of not knowing what’s in a room in a haunted house when you hear strange sounds coming from it. I feel the best-known film director for his suspenseful movies is Alfred Hitchcock. To create these movies there are many techniques used to create the suspenseful feeling in the movie.
For instance the claim that is not to be agreed with in King’s essay is the one where he declares “The fun comes from seeing others menaced - sometimes killed” (2). King has the mindset that the reason we find horror movies entertaining is because of the torture the characters go through. This opinion of his is completely unacceptable because even though we all have our bad side, the satisfaction isn’t from seeing the people playing the roles die; but from the movie as a whole that is filled with feelings of suspense, curiosity, fear, excitement and so many more