Perhaps no other film changed so drastically Hollywood's perception of the horror film as did PSYCHO. More surprising is the fact that this still unnerving horror classic was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, a filmmaker who never relied upon shock values until this film. Here Hitchcock indulged in nudity, bloodbaths, necrophilia, transvestism, schizophrenia, and a host of other taboos and got away with it, simply because he was Hitchcock.
In Alfred Hitchcock’s famous “slasher” movie, Psycho, the audience is introduced to Norman Bates. Like many ot...
We start by defining both the term and the concept of social psychology. Social psychology is the study of how the conscious and unconscious mind interacts to influence our behaviors, emotions, and thought processes. The concept of social psychology allows us to understand how people react when there is an actual or implied presence of another individual and/or group. Society has a large influence over human behavior. Things such as peer pressure along with parental influences, in-group versus out-group bias, group dynamics, and the implied and/or actual presence of personal principles play a large role in how one functions in everyday life. Each of these moving factors according to Marcus Aurelius are merely stepping-stones to the path
Alfred Hitchcock, the incredible director who brilliantly integrated sex, humor and suspense in his movies passed away over three decades ago. Despite the thirty years since his death, the legacy of films he made continues. His work has influenced many of the great directors today, and inspired the foundation of the spin off television series Bates Motel. To better interpret the films he created, it is essential to understand the creator of them and examine how his past life traumas and deep inner-thoughts in reality transpired through the fictitious worlds that he created on the big screen. Hitchcock, whether consciously or subconsciously, portrayed his frustrations, fears, and fantasies with the opposite sex through his leading actors and films. This ultimatley allows us to take a look at his past.
While Alfred Hitchcock is most well known for causing his audiences to feel fear, there is more to his movies then that. The themes of inadequateness of the police, control of all details in his films, and long stretches of no dialogue are prevalent in several of his films. He does not just happen to do these things by chance, but they are all related to things that happened to him during his childhood and his early career. No one can escape their past and not let it influence at least part of their life, and Alfred Hitchcock was no exception.
1. What John Fawell is essentially saying is that although the common assumption of Hitchcock is that he is staunchly misogynistic—and often when one says this, the movies Psycho and Frenzy are cited for their scenes of female-oriented violence—he actually, in his majority of films, expresses empathy and compassion towards women, while giving a “sharp critique of the male psyche”. He goes even further, to convey the point that the notorious scenes from the two aforementioned movies may have jaded us all to the facts that he isn’t really that misogynistic after all.
When watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie, have you ever found yourself sympathizing with a deceptive seductress or a soon-to-be sex offender? If so, you may have felt guilt from watching such sexual innuendoes, but don’t feel too bad. This is just one of the intents of Alfred Hitchcock as he weaves many of his tales with sensual characters. His films portray a vast array of sexuality from showing a battle of the sexes and tales of romance to showing homosexuals and sex offenders. Overall, the films of Alfred Hitchcock portray varying degrees of sexuality, which is manifested both romantically and perversely. The sexuality is one of the aspects of Hitchcock's films that adds intrigue and plot twists to his films.
The shocking twisted ending in film Psycho (1960) was a most successful Hitchcock’s mystery. Owing to such unexpected finish, the film made a powerful impact on the audience. The whole movie was a build up of suspense with mystery resolution. The suspense is often weakened by the fact that the plot is not clear enough to the public. In the case of Psycho, all the details were shown to the audience, some shots even were played twice to achieve better understanding. A spectator was aware of the danger but not prepared for such resolution. “Don’t give away the ending, it is the only one we have!” was the slogan of the movie. (Robb, 2010) Everything was planned to penetrate the emotion of the audience. Music was a significant element in penetrating emotion. “Hitchcock himself admitted that at least a third of the movie's impact depended on the music”. (Nixon, n.d.) “The violins wailing away during Psycho's shower murder scene have achieved the status of cultural shorthand - denoting imminent violent insanity” (Robb, 2010) Hitchcock not only developed mystery and suspense in the movie, he also
Film Analysis of Psycho When ‘Psycho’ was first screened in New York on 16th June 1960, it was
The movie Psycho was created in 1960, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This film has many meaningful moments behind it, which all lead up to a shocking yet interesting twist for an ending. Many clips corresponded well with Bill Nichols thoughts, and opinions on how “Every movie is a Documentary.” By comparing both the Nichols reading, and the film Psycho, it is easy to see that this film is a wish-fulfillment documentary. This film shows what could be a scary reality in many people’s lives. It gives us examples of what could be our deepest nightmares and dreads, influences an opinion over people who have multiple personalities, and even feeds some people’s interests.
For this paper I chose to explore Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho because it has remained the only horror movie I’ve seen to date. I went into a couple others but immediately left; let’s just say horror is not my favorite genre of film. People may or may not always call Psycho a horror film, it may be more of a thriller to people nowadays, but I still believe the correct genre analysis is horror because it should always refer to the genre at the time the film was created and released. I chose Psycho because I spent multiple weeks in high school studying Hitchcock, and Psycho specifically, so I feel comfortable writing on it. I also thoroughly enjoy the film, its backstory, and the character development. Plus, it’s been roughly adapted into one of my favorite shows: Bates Motel, which I will also briefly explore.
...w the hosting of two personalities in Dr. Robert Elliot worked De Palma was able to show what the society really thought of psychiatrists and the police, and De Palma was able to undermine what would seem important to society which is order and stability. Through this scene and through other similarities and differences that De Palma has created in Dressed to Kill one could see the influence of Psycho. De Palma has perhaps borrowed and revised from Psycho but only to show the darkness that Psycho had by using less discretion, more female sexuality, more male sexual anxiety, and showing the instability and chaos that really exists in the society. So Hitchcock’s Psycho has really been a lasting influence and De Palma made sure to bring out the darkness and the chaos that the film holds through the similarities and differences seen between Psycho and Dressed to Kill.
Social psychology is a scientific study that studies how people think, feel, and how they behave under the influence of other people (Aronson, Wilson & Akert, 2013, p. 2). Thinking about what social influence really means, we tend to think of a person who tries to persuade another person to acting a certain way. It can be a form of peer pressure, like taking that first puff of a cigarette, or it can be conforming to popular societal views, such as obeying the law of the land. Fiction is a great way to learn about social psychological perspectives. Watching popular theatrical films is the perfect way to learn because it illustrates the application of many perceptions within the subject of social psychology.
This movie single-handedly ushered in an era of inferior screen ‘slashers’ with blood-letting and graphic, shocking killings. This was Hitchcock’s very first horror film, and since it debuted he has been labeled as a horror film director ever since. It was a low-budget film, only costing 800,000 dollars. Although it had a low-budget, it was brilliantly edited. It was a stark black and white film. Psycho also broke all film conventions by displaying its leading female protagonist having a lunchtime affair in her sexy white undergarments in the first scene. It also had a brilliantly edited shower murder scene. It was truly a master piece and will remain a master piece as long as it stays around. (Psycho (1960), Document 3)