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Psycho (1960) Film Review

Psycho (1960) Film Review

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Alfred Hitchcock
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Psycho
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock,
(1960
)
 
 
Film Review
 
Storytelling & Commission
 
Psycho
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
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‘ 
Psycho
’ 
is an American horror film directed in 1960 by A
lfred Hithcock. The film’s
screenplay, written by Joseph
Stefano, is based on Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel of the
same name. By the time
‘ 
Psycho
’ 
 
was made, Hitchcock was already considered as the
screen’s ‘master of suspense’ and was arguably the world’s most
renowned director.Right from the outset, Hitchcock
s opening sequence introduces
‘Psycho’ 
toaudiences
 
as a horror genre film, using a fragmented and uncomfortable soundscapethat develops a tension right from the beginning, creating a suspenseful atmosphere.The films structure is consistent in the way in way it raises pulses, continuouslybuilding on a tense ambience ready to shock audiences. Writer Gibron shares a viewthat;
“Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho set the standard and post 
-modern horror has beenhobbling to catch up
ever since.” 
Gibron, (2010)
Building upon Gibron
’s statement,
the horror in which
‘Psycho’ 
generates developspure senses of suspense and tension that keep the narrative alive resulting in thepreservation of an
audience’s
interest and intrigue. Moreover, the lack of specialeffects within the running allows Hitchcock
’s
greatest work to be timeless,proceeding to stay eternal throughout the development of cinema, even competingand arguably triumphing over the horror films produced today.The consternation which is introduced to audiences grows from various factors. Thevisual approach and the twist ending are two conventions which complement oneanother in a way that suggest the film could only exist in the style that the film isproduced. David Kehr acknowledges that;
“Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece blends a brutal manipulation of audience
 
identification and an incredibly dense, allusive visual style to create the most morally unsettling film ever made.
” 
Kehr, (2007)
Kehr picks up on an interesting observation relating to audience identification, whichseems to be a reoccurring theme through
‘Psycho’ 
. The directing choice feels as if Hitchcock wanted to convey an idea that turned family into a sight of horror throughthe manipulation of morals and the subjective camera shots which provide fordisconcerting perspectives. One of the most unsettling scenes within the film wasthe revelation of the twist ending, where Hitchcock showed the decayed corpse of Bates
’ mother.
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The scene within
‘Psycho’ 
which conveys Hitchcock
s success in manipulating anaudience
s emotion is debatably the most famous scene in cinema. The pure horrorwhich Hitchcock
s filming conventions produced over the duration of the showerscene is outstanding. The psychotic soundscaping, subjective camera shots and thefast paced editing comprised together create a perfect blend of components toprovide for a harrowing segment of pure genius.Carty states that
“ 
Psycho remains a stone-
cold classic.” 
 
Carty, S (2012)
and furtheringhis opinion, it is evident that
‘Psycho’ 
was filmed with a polish that other films of itsgenre do not possess, undoubtedly validating its claim as one of the leading horrorsof the modern age.

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