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.
Hitchcock, often referred to as the “Master of Suspense” left an enormous impact on the thriller genre, changing the way people looked at it forever. Rear Window is perhaps one of the greatest examples of his revolutionary approach. Hitchcock changed the game through the utilization of a variety of stylistic and thematic elements that countless others have borrowed and used in an attempt to recreate the magic of his work in the modern age. One such attempt was by director Mark Pellington through his 1999 film, Arlington Road. The film uses many Hitchcockian elements, but while imitating it, Arlington Road simply does not live up to the standards of an iconic thriller as established by Hitchcock, such as Rear Window.
Furthermore, films at the time would con... ... middle of paper ... ...ound allows the audience to reflect and reassess it's opinions. As I have shown you Hitchcock utilises a plethora of techniques to create tension and suspense. Some of these techniques are complex and purely subliminal, these techniques are particular to this film and not at all transferable. Other more overt but equally* less complex techniques such as his use of shadow are more revolutionary because they have been transferred and applied to the entire horror genre. It is because these techniques have been used and evolved upon so much that audiences of today don't always experience the suspense and tension of audiences of the time.
This use of shots combines with other techniques, which creates the overall effect of tension for the audience. In conclusion, Alfred Hitchcock deserves his title of the ‘master of horror movies’ because of the way he builds up to tension to the main scene in the shower. He drags tension rapidly when the audience feels relaxed to make us jump. He tries to makes us suspicious at a maximum level, by combining different techniques in one scene. At his moment I thkn the best part of the film would be where Hitchcock has mislead the audience that it is a story of a stealng scene.
Such films are presented in ways to attach themselves inside of the human psyche and remain there long after the film is over. Stanley Kubrick?s The Shining is one of these films. A true auteur, Kubrick steps into the horror genre and explores the potential of the power of a horror film. Through the use of imagery and sound, Kubrick creates a film that is beautiful, terrifying, and thought provoking. With its use of shot selection, motion, lighting and pace, The Shining defies the conventions of the horror genre to create a unique and captivating film experience.
My Thesis aims at observing the suspense and fear showed through themes and techniques in films directed by Alfred Hitchcock’s movies Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, The Wrong Man, and The Man Who Knew To Much. He controlled when the audience felt certain emotions by filming with different camera cuts, close ups, different camera angles, contrasting between light to dark scenes, and adding certain music to different scenes. A unique feature for the movie Dial M for Murder is that it is made known to the viewers who the murderer is and what his plan is. Despite that, the film still remains very suspenseful. This is mainly because of the innovative camera angles and the pans and zooms, which prove extremely effective in putting an importance on particular aspects of the scene.
In truth, it shows the affect horror movies have on its audience. In the end, the general public looks to the makers of Hollywood, the stars and the directors, to usher in a new perspective as well as an introduction to a new look of the world. No other part of the entertainment industry is as illuminating as the horror industry is in America. This sect of Hollywood owes its creation to the masterminds of infinite accomplishments; many of the intriguing movies and stories that the general public has come to adore are based upon true events; and many health problems in America are caused by these horror flicks.
This is why when watching a scary movie at the theatre, the moments that pop-out at you scare you the most, because you have no control over it. However, the moments that scare you when ... ... middle of paper ... ...around and stands as a guideline of morality. If you do something wrong, he will get you. Hollywood knows that this fear of not being able to control something is a fear that lives in the hearts of most of us. Hollywood will continue to make horror films that feed off of this fear and people will go back for more, because they enjoy it.
Even when writers layer the genre with academic thoughts on psychology, theology and the world in which we live in, horror remains the primary outlet to examine the notions of dread, uncertainly, mysterious and the abject. Psycho (Hitchcock 1960), with its shocking bursts of violence and provocative sexual explicitness, tested the strict censorship boundaries of the day as well as audiences' nerve. This filmed changed the way the horror genre was seen. Prior to 1960 the genre was dominated by monsters and mythical creatures with Hammer productions dominating the market with Frankenstein and Dracula films. Hitchcock was known as being the ‘master of suspense’ and in Psycho decided to make the horror villain human rather than monster.
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.