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Released 1960

Mystery,Thriller,  1 Hour  49 Minutes.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Joseph Stefano (screenplay by), Robert Bloch (based on the novel by)
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.​


What techniques did Hitchcock use to create a sense of tension? 

This is a horror movie where you do not see any gore? How did Hitchcock create the sense of terror without showing any violence?

Below are some articles on use of visual techniques and music in Hitchcock's Psycho.

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Hitchcock - Biography

Find out about Alred Hitchcock and what influenced him. Here is an extract...

.....It was around 1920 when Hitchcock joined the film industry. He started off drawing the sets (he was a very skilled artist). It was there that he met Alma Reville, though they never really spoke to each other. It was only after the director for Always Tell Your Wife(1923) fell ill and Hitchcock was named director to complete the film that he and Reville began to collaborate. Hitchcock had his first real crack at directing a film, start to finish, in 1923 when he was hired to direct the film Number 13 (1922), though the production wasn't completed due to the studio's closure (he later remade it as a sound film). Hitchcock didn't give up then. He directed The Pleasure Garden (1925), a British/German production, which was very popular. Hitchcock made his first trademark film in 1927, The Lodger (1927) . In the same year, on the 2nd of December, Hitchcock married Alma Reville. They had one child, _Patricia Hitchcock_ who was born on July 7th, 1928. His success followed when he made a number of films in Britain such as The Lady Vanishes(1938) and Jamaica Inn (1939), some of which also gained him fame in the USA....

from IMDb Mini biography

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