The simple act of showering post- Psycho has become an unsettling, forever changed touchstone, as cinematically altered as the wooden sled post- Citizen Kane or the wood chipper post- Fargo. A modern psychopath, Bates was himself a sea change in horror movie monsters, supplanting the giant bugs, space aliens and gothic ghouls that had previously animated the horror genre. In Psycho , the monster wore a human face and his wrath came out of nowhere. Breaking a sacred movie pact with his audience, Hitchcock also killed off his leading lady within the first 40 minutes of his film in an unprecedented attack upon narrative expectations. Also weighing in are academics and an older generation of direct witnesses who experienced this cataclysmic horror first hand. Hitchcock shot Psycho in black and white for a reason, he says in the documentary. NE, Atlanta.
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At least a half-hour passes in Psycho before Marion Crane takes that fateful shower. Even more running time elapses before John Hurt gets some very nasty chest pains in Alien. And the best fright flick of the new millennium is half over before anything remotely frightening occurs. Plenty of great horror movies, in other words, take their time getting to the good stuff. Club is counting down the scariest, creepiest, and most nerve-shredding opening scenes in horror-movie history. The films range in release date from to next year, when a festival favorite of ours will finally hit theaters. The scenes themselves range in length, from about a minute to a good 15 or 20, with the only criteria being that they must constitute the first scene or passage, excepting a credits sequence. The films range in quality as well, because even a terrible horror movie can start exceptionally strong. Steel your nerves and secure your popcorn, because these are The A.
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Silhouettes have been a huge part of cinema, but telling stories with shadows is nothing new. You can go all the way back to the Han Dynasty of China between B. This ancient form of storytelling and entertainment has captured audiences for centuries. Many directors and cinematographers have made legendary film sequences using silhouettes. Perhaps the most prominent use of silhouettes come from the noir films of the s and 50s. The French term film noir literally translates to black film or dark movie.