December 1, 2010

Released in 1960 with a budget of $806,000, Psycho gave its viewers one of the greatest stories and twist endings during that time period. First time viewers were shocked, and deservedly so. The movie itself just seems to ooze claustrophobic areas and camera-closeups that would make anyone uncomfortable. And that’s just some of the less violent scenes.

Scenes such as when Marion gets pulled over by a policeman and when she is confronted by the peculiar motel owner, Norman, are very tense. Add the fantastic music and you have scenes filled with tension that otherwise wouldn’t. And this is all because of the masterful directing of Hitchcock. His eye on certain shots really gives the viewers a profound effect that hasn’t ever really been established before Psycho.

The plot is almost as thought-provoking as the shots and cinematography themselves. Part drama, part suspense, and part horror, Psycho quickly establishes itself as a movie unlike any other. Commercials for Psycho led us viewers to believe that Marion’s character would stay alive unti the end. But, instead, Hitchcock pulls a fast one, and gives us one of the more terrifying scenes in film history:

All in all, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho redefined the horror genre. It wasn’t a film filled with gore. It was a film filled with dread and tension in every single shot. Psycho gives the audience everything it has, and sometimes gives too much- there were reports that had many viewers faint during the infamous shower scene. It does what so many other horror movies fail to do- it makes the audience feel as terrified as the protagonist herself. Stunning, controversial, and filled with scenes of violence without the violence, Psycho is a one of a kind horror movie that, to this day, still gives fear to its audience.

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2 Responses to “Psycho”

  1.   IJ said:

    Seems like everyone’s writing about Psycho. This movie will never get old. I liked that you mentioned that scene with the cop with the big sunglasses. I can’t explain it but for some reason the shot of him watching Marion buy the car from a distance, is full of tension. He’s just standing there and watching. The fact that he just disappears after that scene shows just how much Hitchcock is toying with us(and Marion).

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