Often seen as a precursor to the modern horror/slasher film, Psycho is one of Hitchcock’s most known films among modern audiences. Shot in black and white after Hitchcock already used color and technicolor in previous films, Hitchcock made a deliberate choice that added to the atmosphere of the film. Most famous for the character of Norman Bates and the infamous shower scene, Psycho is has laid the ground work for many writers and directors in the suspense and horror genre.
After stealing money from her bosses client, Secretary Marion Craine runs off with the money. After ditching her old car in favor of her new one, Marion stops at The Bates Motel during a stormy night. This would be her biggest mistake. After her disappearance, Marion’s sister searches for her with the help of her sisters lover Sam Loomis and Private Detective Milton Arbogast.
Using a television crew and a small budget, Psycho was a big departure from his previous film North by Northwest. Hitchcock’s willingness to take risks and try new and exciting things aided him in a long and successful career that spanned six decades. Beginning in the his career in Britain during the silent film era, Hitchcock made five silent films. In the thirties he would make one musical and one of his best and better know British films The Man Who Knew Too Much. After his move to the US, Hitchcock found greater success with his films like Rebecca, his first film in America and Shadow of a Doubt in Film Noir style. The Fifties would become his peak years with films like Rear Window and Vertigo that are often cited as his best films. His first film in the sixties was Psycho and you can tell that Hitchcock can’t do the same thing over and over. His peak years that came in the decade prior all had a different flair and that would be the same for his films in the sixties.
Receiving mixed reviews upon its initial release, box office sales changed things for Psycho and it has grown into a classic film often scene as a top movie for Hitchcock. Adapted from the novel of the same name, Hitchcock got as many copies as he could not to spoil the ending something impossible today.
Hello everyone. I have been M.I.A for a while and I apologize. Since it is Halloween aka my favorite time of year I thought I would make a few, Halloween/Scary/Horror inspired list. The first one is my Five Favorite Haunting movies. Rather you see the ghost, rather the house is just plane spooky or its all the work of those pesky Poltergeist here are five of my favorite Haunting films. Counting down from five to one.
This Steven Spielberg produced film surrounds a family who deal with the poltergeist that have taken over their home. What starts as fun turns terrifying when their young daughter Carol Ann played by the late Heather O’Rourke is nowhere to be found. The film was a fun family style horror film that spawned less well received sequels.
Trivia: The film series is believed to be cursed due to the use of real skeletons in the picture. Apparently it was cheaper to use real ones instead of plastic models.
4. The Conjuring
The Conjuring follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they help a family terrorized by a presence in their new home.
Trivia: Based on a true story The Conjuring is based on one of the cases of real life Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
3.House on Haunted Hill
Vincent Price stars as eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren. Along with his wife Annabelle he invites five people to stay over night at the house on Haunted Hill for a Haunted house party. If they stay through the night they will earn Ten thousand dollars. Over the course of their stay they are haunted by ghost and murderers.
Trivia: The film is public domain.
Two paranormal scientist’s invite two women to a haunted mansion. One of the women begins to lose her sanity.
Trivia:Based on Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House. The character played by Claire Bloom was a lesbian but due to the sensors the studios would not allow her character to touch Eleanor played by Julie Harris.
1. The Innocents
A governess played by Deborah Kerr is convinced that the house is haunted. Kerr regards this as one of her finest performances and with good reason. The atmosphere of the film paired with the fine acting makes for a very sinister film.
Trivia: Based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.