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Stephon Rudicil
ELC-7
889
1/6/12
7TH hour
Psycho Critique
With screeching violin music blasting rhythmically in the background, Arbogast  is slashed to death by a psychotic murderer who seemingly appears out of nowhere. The fact that this scene made me, a connoisseur of modern day horror movies,  jump, proves the fact that this 1960`s classic, Psycho  is a home-run.  Alfred Hitchcock is and should be recognized as a movie making genius with his excellent development of the horror movie Psycho, complete with great camera work and top of the line suspense that will have viewers jumping out of their seats.  One of the best aspects of Psycho is the outstanding camera work. The movie is full of unexpected surprises that makes the audience jump, gasp or scream in surprise and fright. Hitchcock uses constant shadow and “pop out” techniques that enhance the suspense and give rise to tension that build and builds until it is unleashed in startling ‘pop out’ scenes that leave the audience gasping. The film effects, especially during the murder scenes, I believe made the movie. The scene where Arbogast decides to investigate the Bates household while Norman is away and Norman’s “mother” pops out from the room and seemingly murders the unsuspecting detective is a great example of this kind of camera work. The film also incorporates elements of the unknown using shadows to keep up the mystery and suspense. The infamous shower scene where Norman Bates stalks into the bathroom as a shadowy figure that has come to murder Janet Leigh gives the audience a spine tingling feeling of fear and keeps the audience guessing as to who the real murderer is. The movie was also shot in black and white which adds to the eerie feeling. Hitchcock uses close ups of the actors, shot from odd angles to crete an uneasy feeling for the viewer. The scene when Marian is on her way down the highway after buying her used car, she is filmed driving towards destination but the camera...
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