Alfred Hitchcock's timeless classic Psycho (1960), stands as the prime example in driving themes of horror and suspense.

The story follows secretary Marion Crane who, on the run after stealing money from her employer, stays at a remote motel run by a seemingly lone individual known as Norman Bates. We are eased into the world of Marion, only for it to abruptly end as the real horror begins at her brutal and unprecedented murder. The ambiguous nature of Norman Bates becomes all to unsettling as we slowly yet surely discover the truth of his farcade.

Psycho's success in driving a sense of tension and suspense throughout the film stems from the use of editing and cinematography. A series of lengthy still scenes dominate the pacing in building the tension and drama, only to be punctuated by unyielding scenes of brutality manipulated with a series of cuts and edits that masterfully heighten the absolute terror and horror - the shower scene being a prime example of this as our phantom appears from the nothingness to strike our heroine down, to the relentless pace of the iconic musical screeching.

Overall, Psycho remains as one of the most iconic movies of Hitchcock's collection. Its unconforming structure and masterful editing builds suspense and terror quite like no other.


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