June 17, 2010
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Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho turned 50 years old yesterday. To celebrate the anniversary, many news publications took a look back. In a write up for Time magazine, Nate Jones wrote up an article titled Five Ways Psycho Changed Cinema.
Some of the ways listed are pretty huge. Killing off the main character in his film was a move nobody saw coming. It’s a move lots of films have employed since then. Look no further than (SPOILER ALERT!) this year’s Academy Award winner for best picture, The Hurt Locker. Obviously the gimmick still works, because I was pretty surprised when Guy Ritchie bit the dust not more than 10 minutes into that film.
The empathy with a murderer thing is also pretty common these days. Current hit TV series Dexter is based entirely around the audience rooting for a serial killer.
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