Filed under: Movie Viewing — emodjsteph at 10:13 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2011

I’d never seen Psycho or any Hitchcock movie for that matter, before watching it in class. I didn’t know anything about it other than there was an infamous death scene in the shower where a woman gets stabbed to death, and even that I’d never actually seen before. It was a truly unique experience watching it for the first time and I’m really glad we watched it in class because I can’t say I would have ever watched it otherwise. I think not knowing anything about the movie or what to expect made it that much more interesting because I really was taken on a ride while Hitchcock played with my mind. Psychological thrillers are my favorite so this was right up my alley.

Initially, it seems like the movie is about Marion stealing the $40,000 and I would consider this a red herring beautifully created by the writing and supported with Hitchcock’s techniques. The attention paid on the money, including close ups and longer shots, helps support this red herring that we’re watching a movie about Marion and her theft. I find a lot of times in psychological thrillers you can predict the twist correctly long before it happens but that didn’t really happen to me with this film. I predicted that Norman would end up being the killer but I certainly didn’t expect the split personality and decaying corpse.


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December 15, 2011 @ 8:43 AM

Watching Psycho in class, was also my first time. It definitely had different plots that could of worked for the film.For example:1)The cop follow her through the whole movie could of been one. Mr. Hitchcock, the genius he is played with us psychologically leading us to think the cop is going to follow her through the movie but threw another plot in when she reach the motel.


   Alexis Futoran

December 15, 2011 @ 8:01 PM

I really enjoyed your entry. The way you discussed the camera movements you personified the camera giving it human qualities by saying things like the camera is almost raping her in the shower scene. I completely agree with you. Marion is vulnerable and the camera takes full advantage of her, completely sexualizing her.

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