The Elements Of Suspense In Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

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It was not until about 1960 when people stopped showing up in the middle of movies. On September 8 of that year that Alfred Hitchcock released on greatest horror movies of all time, Psycho. Hitchcock was the first film director that demanded your attention from the beginning to the end of the film. His film impressed critiques and thrilled audiences everywhere. He and his movies changed the movie experience. Accusing the wrong man, or portraying the villain as charming are just a few way Hitchcock changed the element of suspense. Hitchcock’s movies left clues and hints at who was the bad guy the whole way through the movie. People that had not seen it yet begged for the ending to not be spoiled. Individuals were now beginning to have an itch

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