Psycho

Wow! I absolutely loved this movie! It was the first time that I saw it and when professor Herzog showed excitement over those of us who didn’t watch it, I was more anxious to see it. Alfred Hitchcock used really good techniques to keep the audience attentive at what was going on. I loved all the long shots with no dialogue that he had. It kept the suspense going and it had me anxious at what was going to happen next.

I also liked the way that Alfred Hitchcock developed the story. The beginning of the film made it seem like the main character of this story would be Marion. The film starts off with her and Sam in a hotel room. She’s the one who steals $40,000 and the one that the police officer keeps following. We’re all focused on her thinking that the plot is about Marion getting away with $40,000. All to turn out that Norman is actually the main character and that Marion is simply one of his victims.

The shower scenes is definitely one scene that stood out to me. I loved that unlike today’s horror movies, Psycho isn’t so exaggerated. In the shower scene, you never actually see the knife stab Marion. It’s just constant cuts back and forth between the knife and Marion’s body. Today’s horror movies try so hard to make it real that it simply ends up looking so exaggerated. Also, even though this scene showed a murder occurring, you don’t see gallons and gallons of blood. We just see it mixed with the water but it’s not so much. And the music! It went perfectly with everything that was occurring.

This movie didn’t seem like it was too complicated to shoot. But the way it was shot was awesome. All those low angle shots to show the birds in that room were great. And then the close-ups on the eye were also good. I loved the overall plot of this story. I didn’t expect for Norman to have a double personality since throughout the film we always heard the “mom’s” voice. Hitchcock had me thinking that the mother did in fact exist. The explanation from the psychiatrist was also a good detail to include. It made everything make sense.

Definitely one of the best films out there!

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  1. marvinb1228 Said,

    December 16, 2011 @ 1:29 am

    I agree with you about how today’s horror films overexagerate their death scenes to make em more gruesome like someone get their throught cut and suddenly it splatters all over the wall like someone threw a bucket of red paint on it.
    I didn’t like though that we get introduced to Marion and get immersed in her robbery just to find it is an excuse so she can end up at the hotel to die.
    I also agree with you that Pyscho had a different, more horror like effect with its camera work. When i saw the close-up of Marion’s dead unblinking eyes looking at me i felt really creeped

  2. ichancico Said,

    December 16, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    I really liked this movie too! It was probably my favorite. The way Professor Herzog talked about it made it seem like it was going to be good, and it was!
    I loved the techniques Alfred Hitchcock used. It made it unrealistic, yet really cool at the same time. The different way it was filmed made it extra creepy.

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