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Film: Psycho, By Alfred Hitchcock Essay

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People have been looking behind their shower curtain when they enter the bathroom ever since Psycho swirled its way into movie theaters in 1960. This irrational fear of lurkers in the bath and scary psyches began with the first ever slasher film: Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock. Throughout the years, Psycho never lost its potency as the movie that created the horror genre as we know it. The low-budget “just for fun” film project that Hitchcock had originally intended as his last “kick” in his career as a director changed the entire business and ended up being Hitchcock’s defining piece. Pre-Psycho scary movies had been slow in pace and conservative in content. Psycho’s director, Alfred Hitchcock, knew what the ‘norm’ was for filming because he had in the business for more than twenty years, but he wanted to break them. Psycho has been completely unforgettable since the 1960’s because of Hitchcock’s disregard of Hollywood’s rules of cinematography, revolutionary scoring, and never-before-seen yet realistic and creative filming techniques; Hitchcock did not create only a ‘scary’ movie, he created a new genre of fear that has had an effect on the film industry ever since.
Psycho is a successful classic because of the twists, turns, and originality it brought to the table due to Hitchcock’s creativity and disdain for the ideal scary movie at that time, thus creating something totally new. Before Psycho, films had consisted of flat lining stories with static characters and a happy ending. In the words of Whitty, “’Psycho’ marked a…turning point…Here was a Hollywood movie which…refused to follow any of the Hollywood rules” (5). The pacing and use of characterization was completely new to audiences worldwide. Psycho tears apart any possible chance of a happy ending by killing off the heroine only thirty minutes into the movie. “Whatever your expectations were, ‘Psycho’ ignored [them] at every turn” (Whitty 5). There is a reason Hitchcock made it nearly impossible for anyone to enter a movie theatre showing of Psycho after the opening credits had rolled: the movie was too intensive. Every second counted. There was no wasted time or filler content. The director also drew attention to the film by including ‘controversial’ content that was considered to have ‘crossed the line.’ Hitchcock’s Psycho included one of the longest murder scenes in cinema history and “also broke all film conventions by…photographing a toilet bowl and flush in a bathroom” (Psycho 1) which was a first for American films. The ending is one not one viewer expected, and in the words of Andrews, the film’s ending puts a “knife in the solar plexus of the 1950’s, the decade of family values, of America’s social and domestic rebuilding” (3). The way that Psycho broke rules made it all the more well received. Psycho was a breath of fresh air for the horror community, which is why it became an everlasting classic.
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