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Exploring Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Essay

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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.
Any quotes on specific pieces of writing, film, art, or anything else tend to have more meaning because those speaking could be supporters, critics, or neutral minded analysts. Most specific quotes have some sort of direction that go with them, and I enjoy exploring them. With Hitchcock, most of his quotes were deep and insightful, but some really stood out as being analytical and almost responsive to his own work. For my second angle of this paper I chose to explore the prompt where we were to write a thorough analysis based on a single character because everyday we analyze people by watching them and analyzing them based on appearance and personality. When there’s an appearance of very interesting people, we enjoy diving deep into their characters. We explore who they are as a person, where they came from, why they are where they are, and to what extent our relationship would lead. When given the opportunity to explore a character within a Hitchcock film, I knew immediately that I was going to explore the complex mind of Norman Bates. I wanted to figure out as much as I could about him, his life, and the decisions he makes.
“There is a distinct difference between "suspense" and "surprise," and yet many pictures continually confuse the two”
In this quote, Hitchcock makes an attempt to separate the generic belief that suspense and surprise are synonymous. He means to call out those who believe a film, or life in general, is full of suspenseful moments, when it actually is just full of surprising moments. I agree that there is a clear difference between the two, specifically because one evokes a feeling within someone, and the other is a reaction to something. Films that are suspenseful are films that have anticipated horror and terror, they that fully embrace the ability to scare a viewer with the prequel scenes and actions to the actual horror scene or action. Suspense is defined as a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen. Suspense is the feeling of viewers get when they know something that someone else doesn't yet know about, or the apprehensiveness of being somewhere that doesn't feel right. Films that are...

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