Presentational Devices and Visual Images in Hitchcock's Psycho

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Presentational Devices and Visual Images in Hitchcock's Psycho

"Hitchcock stunned the world in 1960 with the horror film that pushed back the boundaries of acceptability. He wanted a reaction, and he got one. Audiences fainted, walked out and boycotted screenings but they wouldn't forget the horror that was Psycho."

We have been studying the acclaimed thriller 'Psycho' produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

In this essay I will be analysing the two murder scenes and how visual images, (images seen on screen that stick in the mind of the audience or have some greater significance), and careful presentational devices, (camera shots, sound, lighting etrc) have created this filming
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The typical horror genre in a Hollywood film nearly always involved vampires and ghost's but this film was based on a series of situations that could happen anywhere anytime in the real world. An example of this is where Marion and her boyfriend John Gavin is a couple in debt having sex out of marriage in dark sleazy hotels with ordinary jobs. Hitchcock, very unusually for the time, used 50mm camera lenses, a lense with the closest relation to the human eye to give it a sense of realism and so the audience would feel as if they are there while it's being shot on location.

Hitchcock based the film on the true life story of serial killer Ed Gern and bought all the rights to the film for $9000 and bought as many books as he could to keep the film's story as secret as possible. He went to extraordinary lengths to keep the film secret, his film crew and cast had to swear to an oath of secrecy on the first day of shooting, and no unauthorised personnel were allowed on or of set. Hitchcock was a master of PR stunts and did many things to give his film as much free publicity as possible. After the entire budget for the film was $800,000 as paramount refused to fund this risqué project?

Because of the low budget, costs had to be kept to a minimum where ever possible. Hitchcock used his film crew from his new T.V program and produced the film in black and white for three reasons one it

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