Saturday, April 16, 2011

Psycho shower

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Pyscho” was one of the best horror films I have seen in a very long time. It had everything a movie of this genre should have; there was gore in the shower, an interesting plot line, and a great twist at the end. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire movie. I have to say the shower scene was one of the greatest murder scenes I have seen in a horror film. You already felt very creeped out because Norman was watching her undress through his hole in the wall. Then, as you suspect that maybe everything will be alright, the creepy shadow appears from behind the curtain, further incriminating his “mother.” The blood being in black and white was much more believable than most color films I have seen. All of the chunks that you see floating down the drain were more than enough to make me feel queasy. After watching this film I felt afraid to take a shower for a few days, I locked my door to make sure no murdering mothers would enter.


  1. I think that the black and white color of the film helps many of the special effects found in Psycho. I actually watched a documentary a while back about Alfred Hitchcock and the liquid they used as blood in the shower wasn't even red. But because the film is in black and white, the audience could not tell and it looked more realistic than the red liquid they originally tried. Hitchcock played with the special effects in all of his movies and showed that he had a real creativity when it came to imitating sounds and sights.

  2. I really enjoyed Psycho as well. It was refreshing to watch a movie with a female character who wasn’t helpless and seemed to have a mind of her own. I also thought the shown scene was good because it wasn’t expected. I didn’t expect the twist at the end either…I was convinced Norman’s mother was alive and crazy. Before Marion was murdered, I also liked that the viewers could hear what was going on between other characters during scenes that still focused on her (like when she was driving to the hotel and we heard other conversations). I thought that was creative, especially for the 1960s.