Hitchcock's Film Psycho

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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 1920's with German masterpieces of the silent era such as the ''Nosferatu'' directed by F.W Murneau (1922). Then came the 1930's American Horror films (mostly from Universal Studios) that used previously existing plots. Many of these depended on the acting presence of Boris Karloff and Bella Lugosi. Karloff's most famous character was the original Frankenstein monster and Bella Lugosi will always be remembered for his role as Dracula. There was a big revival of interest in the Horror genre in the 1950's, though most of these movies were sci-fi horror films. This was because of growing concerns at the time over the effects of nuclear radiation and dangerous new technology. An example of this was ''The Tingler'' (1959). The recently released film ''Eight Legged Freaks'' is a spoof on the science fiction horror films of the 50's. 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. So, now I hope you understand why Alfred Hitchcock's ''Psycho'' broke new ground. But not only did it break new ground, it changed the film world Forever.
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