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Media Coursework: Psycho
How Effectively Does Hitchcock Manipulate the Audience in ‘Psycho’? The 1960’s movie ’Psycho’, was undoubtedly a groundbreaking and revolutionary film. The movie was produced by Alfred Hitchcock and is often referred to as the ‘mother of the modern horror movie’ as it is the first horror movie that received so much success. Horror films are movies with a purpose to strive to elicit fear, horror and terror responses from viewers. This is why ‘Psycho fits into the Horror Genre as it successfully does these 3 things. Themes of the supernatural colliding with our world are very common in the plots of such films. Otherwise the theme can be completely ‘supernatural’ without any trace whatsoever of reality. Horror movies usually include a central villain. They also use a variety of clever techniques to create and maintain suspense. Devices include camera shots, music, graphics and dramatic irony. The public love Horror movies, but a very interesting question is why do they love it? There are two good explanations as to why. The first is that the person is not actually afraid, but excited by the movie. The second explanation is that they are willing to endure the terror in order to enjoy a great sense of relief at the end. ‘Psycho’ dealt with issues on screen that had not been shown before and seemed totally unacceptable. Nobody had seen a toilet being flushed on TV before. This was because the toilet was considered a private place and for it to be shown on screen in front of an audience was thought to be rude and uncivilized. Furthermore, it was the first time ever that a woman wearing a bra on screen had been exposed. This seemed totally unthinkable at the time and offended many people. This is in view of the fact that the general population of the 1960’s, was a lot more reserved. This proves that Alfred Hitchcock pushed it too far in order to do whatever it would take to ensure that the emotion of shock is also one of the responses a viewer...
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