Horror And Film : Hitchcock 's Masterpiece Psycho Essay

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Genres are broad titles that most often than not have many sub genres that work under them. Horror is an example of this. Under the horror category you have many sub genres like vampire films, gothic horrors and slashers. The Slasher film has become a defining subgenre of the horror film. While the origins of the slasher come from their predecessor the Italian giallo films they have had a massive American influence in recent times. The turning point in the themes and aesthetics of these films was Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho (1960). Psycho (1960) was the launching pad for slasher films to exhibit the features that make up today’s slasher films. This essay will look at horror and gender in the slasher films working closely with Pyscho. I will go on to discuss the influence it has on contemporary slasher films such as Wes Craven’s Scream (1996).
The slasher film has been around for many years and have many films that fall into the genre and still remains popular due to successful films like American Psycho (Harron, 2000), Friday the 13th (Cunningham, 1980) and Child’s Play (Holland, 1988). Many standalone slasher films have been so successful that they have spawned a number of interesting re-makes that have been successful or flopped completely. Examples of this include the Halloween film franchise. The original Halloween was released in 1978 and was directed by John Carpenter. Carpenters original focused on the killer Michael Mayers, who stalks and kills
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