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D.RTVF10-8012 Jan 2018 The horror film is one of the favorite types thatpeople like to watch. It establishes a standard world that will be threatenedby the arrival of the other (Look at Movie, Pg99). The article Faith andIdolatry in the Horror Film written by T.P.

Telotte will use the example ofPsycho (1960) to explain how Hitchcock’s horror films affect audiences’reactions. Firstly, Telotte points that there are two sides ofthis visual process must be considered: one is the typical audience experienceof the genre; another is the focus on perception within the structure of onefilm (Telotte 143). Psycho is an effective horror film which we enjoy beingscared by such movies. The reason for us to be scared by this film is thatfilmmaker uses many efforts to put their fear by using a realistic context,dark, strange landscapes, ominous shadows or abnormal noises to construct adifferent environment that we rarely see in our daily life. Monsters are not anonly way to make the horror film, instead, to use an unusual composition thatlet us indulge in that threaten the environment. Secondly, another succeed is the implicitly the storybehind Psycho. To begin with, the camera moved through a window to show us,Marion, is naked in a hotel; again, when Marion arrived in Bates Motel, and thecamera moves to within Marion’s shower, we see her bare body through a peepholein the wall. But this time, subconsciously, we can be aware a threatening imagein our mind even though the murder doesn’t come.

Telotte explained that”Hitchcock’s most film is the hazard posed by such a lack of awareness (Telotte149).” Psychologically speaking, we like to watch this kind of film whichreflects our visual pleasure, sexual desire, and finally homicidal mania. The People dying is a very typical scene in the horrorfilm.

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However, one important thing is in the dying people’s eye. “Few peopledie in horror films with their eyes closed (Telotte 151).” Psycho alsoemphasizes Marion’s dying in the bathroom.

When Marion fell, and her headtouched the floor with her open eyes, it is clear to see the light twinkles andthe water flows, which reflects she become emblematic of death itself. Comparethe closed eyes; the opened eyes make audiences capable of feeling the reallife is and bring them back to frightening. Furthermore, it is easy tounderstand that if horrors become too realistically threatening, even we closeour eye, we can image the previous scary scene in our mind.In my opinion, Psycho is a very successful horror filmeven that was a 48-years-old, black-and-white movie.

I want to emphasize twoaspects of this video. The first one is the role of Norman. He is dualpersonality and a voyeur, but he plays a vital role in driving the whole storyline of Psycho. The setting of him is also different, unlike another character,I don’t know he has a dual personality until I saw he dressed up like his dyingmother. And the director of Psycho, Hitchcock, use such a film to demonstratehow a dual personality act. Another part I like from this movie is that the useof background music. Particularly when Marion try to escape from his boss andpoliceman by car.

The background music becomes hurried, dangerous and fear,which also reflects the mental activity of Marion. Audiences at this timealways are afraid of Marion would be caught. In conclusion, there is no doubt that Psycho become aclassic example of a horror movie in the movie history. Not only of itsshooting techniques but also of its role of characters. And Hitchcock knows howto catch and lead audiences ’emotion of his film. Reference:J.

P. Telotte, Faith and Idolatry in the Horror Film, Literature/Film Quarterly,Vol.8 No. 3, GENRE AND THEORY ISSUE (1980), PP.

143-155, Salisbury University. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43796144Accessed on: 13-01-2018