Essay on Horror

How ‘psycho’ Alfred Hitchcock Engage And Retain

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock is the director of ‘psycho’. He was born in east London and was the youngest son of William and Emma Hitchcock. His directional debut was in 1922 on the film ‘number 13’ but, it was never completed. Other films he has done are ‘the birds’ (1963), ‘Marnie’ (1964), ‘Topaz’ (1969) and many […]

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho

Ironically Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” was originally a crime thriller and was never meant to be a horror film. Yet it turned out to be the most famous of all horror films. It had changed the horror genre from the classic “European monster” like Dracula which the “monster” is clear to a modern day horror where […]

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The problems that many critics have found in the auteur theory

The ‘auteur theory’ in the context of film is usually seen as a director who stamps his or her individual style onto a film. The auteur theory has evolved by the French critics at ‘Cahiers Du Cinema’ in the 1950s. Francis Truffant was one of these French critics and later exposed in detail by author […]

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Media Brief

For my practical production I intend to produce four media prints relevant to the “horror film” genre. I will create a film poster, a DVD cover, billboard and a home page of a website for an advertising campaign promoting a new film being released called when darkness falls. During the planning stages I will collect […]

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An Analysis of the Opening of ‘North by Northwest’

Film is one of the most popular media of the 21st century. One of the benefits of analysing media is so we can decipher the truth from the lies, as so many forms of media lie.The film I am analysing is called ‘North by Northwest’. It is a thriller movie starring Cary Grant and Eva […]

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The techniques that Alfred Hitchcock employs to create suspense and horror in Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock uses many techniques to build horror and suspense in ‘Psycho’. He does this with camera shots, lighting, plot twists, sound and many other devices to create a unique feeling of tension in this film. He plays on horror stereotypes like the big, dark, lonely house on a hill in the rain as Marion […]

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How does Hitchcock’s Psycho retain and sustain a modern audience

Hitchcock’s talent had been known through many films and Psycho (1960) is one of his most famous. Psycho is a film in black and white, a film of shadow and light, a film about the dark and bright sides of life. In Psycho Hitchcock takes an intense look at the hidden sides of the human […]

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Through Close Examination of the Shower Scene in Psycho Explore Hitchcock’s Effective use of Film Language and how he Creates Tension

Hitchcock brought us such classics as ‘The Birds’ and ‘Shadow of a Doubt’. He used a new innovative style of directing never before seen, and ‘Psycho’ really shows this, using Fetishitic Scopophilia, amazing scenes of montage editing, and is one of the most main stream films to have killed off the main character (Janet Leigh) […]

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Hitchcock – 1227 words – College

HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock is arguably the greatest director of all time. Many of his films are considered standards of American cinema and inspired many of today’s directors. Even though Hitchcock is known as timeless director, he had an understanding of philosophy that was beyond his time. Hitchcock had a brilliant perception as to how the mind […]

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How 19th Century writers of horror stories effectively used language to fill readers with a sense of horror

In the 19th Century, writers of mystery tales affectively used language to fill readers with a sense of horror. Discuss with reference to the three of the short stories you have read. The three stories are: The Money’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs, The Red Room by H. G. Wells and The Judges House by […]

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Which of the Two Horror Stories: The Monkey’s Paw or The Signalman Do you prefer

The theme of horror is easiest to portray through visual forms, such as in a movie. As there can be no visual or audible elements in text, when an author wishes to write a horror story there are certain elements he or she must use in order to make the story horrific. Authors use these […]

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The Signalman and The Yellow Wallpaper

The short stories ‘The Signalman,’ and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ can be both categorised as gothic horror, as various elements of horror can be found within. The authors, Dickens and Gilman successfully convey this to us through their concepts, their use of language, as well as their characters, which are all significant components of the story. […]

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The Others and Turn of the screw

The two films “The Others” written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar and the “Turn of the screw” directed by Tom Mc Loughlin based on the novel by Henry James, are both psychological horror films that consist of a haunting plot and make you think as they are full of suspense and have a moody and […]

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How does Alfred Hitchcock develop tension and shock in Psycho and The Birds

Alfred Hitchcock was born in 1899 in Leytonstone, East London. He enjoyed reading novels by Dickens, G K Chesterton and Edgar Allan Poe. He was fascinated in crime and would go to see murder trials. He left school when he was 14. He married Alma Reville in 1926 and they were married for over 50 […]

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The Pit and The Pendulum, An Encounter and The Pedestrian

The texts chosen for this study are: ‘The Pit and The Pendulum’ by Edgar Allan Poe and ‘An Encounter’ by James Joyce which, I feel, are appropriate as they provide comprehensive coverage of the themes analysed whilst managing to cover a historical period of some seventy years1. Poe’s piece is a dark, Gothic work which […]

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Analyse the ways in which Alfred Hitchcock builds tension and fear in the shower scene in the film ‘Psycho’

Alfred Hitchcock is known as the ‘Master of Suspense’ as he directed movies based on murder and mystery. Hitchcock’s films are still considered masterpieces fourty years later. This is because he mainly concentrated on the actor’s performances, camera techniques, music and sound effects to build up tension, suspense and fear. He also, often left his […]

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Film Studies, Presentation Script

Film Presentation – How significant is the use of supernatural in modern horror?RUN AUDIO: background music from ‘The Ring’ playing for 1 minute 30 seconds. Fading outVISUAL: DVD cover of The Ring, The Others and The Sixth Sense show on screen for first section of presentation.SPEAKER: My aim throughout this presentation is to discover whether […]

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Presentation script: Development of the Horror killer

Presenter Halloween was benchmark for all other Horror films to base themselves on. Made in 1978 it followed on from what Psycho had created. Not only did it develop several concepts from other movies, such as the killer hiding in the darkness. This is shown in Dracula (item 2) and Halloween relies heavily on this. […]

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The Blair witch project" and the horror genre

Was a revolutionary break-through in the horror film genre. It was the only film in history to be made using actors who didn’t know the script.The director Daniel Myrick deliberately didn’t give the cast food or water to enhance their on-screen performance. The lack of food, drink and sleep, ment that the emotions shown on-screen […]

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Psycho – 3245 words – College

“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 […]

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Why We Crave Horror Movies

Stephen king discusses his opinions on horror movies and society in his essay “why we crave horror movies”. King simply states three reasons why we would choose to watch these types of movies. The first being that we watch them to show that we can, to prove that we are not afraid. We also go […]

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