Favorite Horror Films of the 1960s: Psycho

Psycho is perhaps one of the most terrifying movie masterpiece’s every made, write’s Dr. French, especially for the time period it was produced. Professor French writes with an astute understanding regarding the here-to-for now clichéd rationale that a thieving woman can be viciously murdered on film – not as victim, not as heroine, but as the bad girl. Hitchcock’s movie in many ways changed terror movie-making forever. via https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/favorite-horror-films-of-the-1960s-psycho/

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Psycho_(1960)

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It is time to both revisit and move forward with my series on horror films. Psycho (1960) is a Paramount Film that was both produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was based on the novel Psycho by Robert Bloch.  This movie stands as one of the best, not only horror but American, films as a whole. Hitchcock is, without a doubt, an auteur, one of the great Masters of American cinema, and this film had huge influence on the creation of slasher films and psychopathic villains in films.

The film revolutionized the way the public viewed evil; it did not have to be supernaturally based nor a radiation caused event; rather, Hitchcock established that the human mind and life experience could create more frightening monsters than vampires and werewolves. These are people who suffered horror, and their creators were other people, at least in most cases of psychopathology.

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Karen DeMers Dowdall

Karen DeMers Dowdall was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has lived in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and England. Karen has a PhD, MSN, BSN, RN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. “Books of every genre teach us about life, how we think, and view the world." She has written poems and little short stories since she was a child. Karen loves art, she enjoys drawing, painting in oils, pastels, colored pencils, and doing portraiture. She has also taken ballet, Jazz, and modern dance since she was three years old and owned her own dance studio.

13 thoughts on “Favorite Horror Films of the 1960s: Psycho

  1. I must agree, totally. This is the mother of horror films, as Hitchcock is the master of turning real into terror. And, Professor French is the master of writing, especially horror.

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      1. Thank you so much, Karen. I am honored, indeed! With so many wonderful bloggers (like you) that I follow, I would have the worst time nominating. I will step aside and say thank you, many times over. My best to you!

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      2. You are welcome, Karen. Names are so tricky, like Karen Ann(a). For the record it’s Jennie, although Jeannie and a hundred other names have been woven into my life. All beautiful!

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