Monday, April 8, 2019

Psycho (1960) American Horror Film Review

 Psycho is an American psychological horror film produced and directed by the famous director Alfred Hitchcock in 1960. The story is taken from Joseph Stefano’s writing. The film is starred by Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam. The film is based on the 1959 novel of the same name written by Robert Bloch.    Story: After stealing $40,000 from employer, Marion Crane who ends up at a Bates ramshackle motel.    Plot:  Phoenix office worker Marion Crane is fed up with her life because they (she & her boy friend) cannot get married, Sam her boyfriend is under debts. One Friday Marion’s employer gives her $40,000 to bank. But seeing the opportunity she takes the money and hopes to start a new life with Sam. So, she leaves town and goes towards Sam’s California store with the money. She became very tired after a long drive and caught in storm by changing her car with same license. But police keeps her on eye. Marion gets off the main highway to hide herself from police and pulls into Bates Motel. Norman Bate, the manager of the motel, helps her and offers to take light dinner. But on that night Marion hears an argument between Norman and his mother. So, she plans to return back to the town. But that night, she is stabbed by a shadowy figure. He Norman sinks Marion’s car with her dead body and all the goods/luggage. A week later Marion’s sister, Lila arrives to same and talks with him about Marion’s whereabouts. Sam does not know about her state. Private investigator Milton Arbogast investigates that Marion was at Bates Motel. He did not get expected information about Marion from Norman bate. He phoned Lila and informed her all about. But at Norman’s house Arbogast is also murdered by the same figure. Lila and Sam were suspicious about the Motel and Norman. So, distinguished Lila and Sam investigate at the cabin no.1. Though they were given cabin no 10.  They get a clue of a torn paper written $40,000. They investigate that Norman is the murderer. At the last scene, we see Norman is under police custody and a psychiatrist confronts him, 10 years ago, he killed her mother and lover and killed two girls before killing Marion and Arbogast. He has killed his mother and lover. For this guilt, he wants to be his mother and when any girl is lovable to him, he as his mother kills her.    Personal Analysis:  Psycho (1960) is the best example to know psychic state of human mind. Alfred Hitchcock has applied several psychological terms to this movie to make it successful psychoanalytical film. In the movie the character Norman did not kill anyone. But He as his mother kills all the persons. He actually killed his mother and lover 10 years ago. So, there comes no question that his mother has killed these characters later. But he (Norman) feels very guilty for these worst murders. Thus his mother’s mind sometimes, takes shelter into Norman’s mind. So, he wants to be his mother and he takes wig and dresses himself with his mother’s clothing and psychiatrist says that mother’s personality permanently takes his mind hold. Here Alfred Hitchcock upholds the film in such a way that the film has aesthetic view. Its character’s performance, make up, costume, cinematography, sound and editing are full of artistic view. Specially, the performance is full of psychological states. So, the film is a good example of a psychological film. Alfred Hitchcock has created suspense in the murder scene by using sound and editing. Performance is not more important here. But the editing and sound must have created the murder scene suspense. The audiences can notice here (the scene) with sound and editing style. He uses close shots, sexuality purgation, brief shots, that create it sexual, musical and fear. In the murder scene, Alfred Hitchcock has used 69 shots in one minute scene duration. It creates suspense of sexual and fear.
Reflection of Norman's mother in Psycho (1960) horror film


Psycho is an American psychological horror film produced and directed by the famous director Alfred Hitchcock in 1960. The story is taken from Joseph Stefano’s writing. The film is starred by Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam. The film is based on the 1959 novel of the same name written by Robert Bloch.

Story: After stealing $40,000 from employer, Marion Crane who ends up at a Bates ramshackle motel.

Plot:
Phoenix office worker Marion Crane is fed up with her life because they (she & her boy friend) cannot get married, Sam her boyfriend is under debts. One Friday Marion’s employer gives her $40,000 to bank. But seeing the opportunity she takes the money and hopes to start a new life with Sam. So, she leaves town and goes towards Sam’s California store with the money. She became very tired after a long drive and caught in storm by changing her car with same license. But police keeps her on eye. Marion gets off the main highway to hide herself from police and pulls into Bates Motel. Norman Bate, the manager of the motel, helps her and offers to take light dinner. But on that night Marion hears an argument between Norman and his mother. So, she plans to return back to the town. But that night, she is stabbed by a shadowy figure. He Norman sinks Marion’s car with her dead body and all the goods/luggage. A week later Marion’s sister, Lila arrives to same and talks with him about Marion’s whereabouts. Sam does not know about her state. Private investigator Milton Arbogast investigates that Marion was at Bates Motel. He did not get expected information about Marion from Norman bate. He phoned Lila and informed her all about. But at Norman’s house Arbogast is also murdered by the same figure. Lila and Sam were suspicious about the Motel and Norman. So, distinguished Lila and Sam investigate at the cabin no.1. Though they were given cabin no 10.  They get a clue of a torn paper written $40,000. They investigate that Norman is the murderer. At the last scene, we see Norman is under police custody and a psychiatrist confronts him, 10 years ago, he killed her mother and lover and killed two girls before killing Marion and Arbogast. He has killed his mother and lover. For this guilt, he wants to be his mother and when any girl is lovable to him, he as his mother kills her.

Personal Analysis:
Psycho (1960) is the best example to know psychic state of human mind. Alfred Hitchcock has applied several psychological terms to this movie to make it successful psychoanalytical film. In the movie the character Norman did not kill anyone. But He as his mother kills all the persons. He actually killed his mother and lover 10 years ago. So, there comes no question that his mother has killed these characters later. But he (Norman) feels very guilty for these worst murders. Thus his mother’s mind sometimes, takes shelter into Norman’s mind. So, he wants to be his mother and he takes wig and dresses himself with his mother’s clothing and psychiatrist says that mother’s personality permanently takes his mind hold. Here Alfred Hitchcock upholds the film in such a way that the film has aesthetic view. Its character’s performance, make up, costume, cinematography, sound and editing are full of artistic view. Specially, the performance is full of psychological states. So, the film is a good example of a psychological film. Alfred Hitchcock has created suspense in the murder scene by using sound and editing. Performance is not more important here. But the editing and sound must have created the murder scene suspense. The audiences can notice here (the scene) with sound and editing style. He uses close shots, sexuality purgation, brief shots, that create it sexual, musical and fear. In the murder scene, Alfred Hitchcock has used 69 shots in one minute scene duration. It creates suspense of sexual and fear.


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