Thursday, 13 January 2011


What Lies Beneath- there are some aspects borrowed from Psycho, such us the use of Mise en Scene- and the setting in bathroom. There’s a big bathroom and we don’t see much there, except for bath and a shower inside, in What Lies Beneath there’s a use of pouring water in the bath, just like in Psycho. What happens in the scene is much different. I think that the opening of What Lies Beneath is much more similar to Psycho, where a character has a bath and then get an unexpected electrick shock, however we’re expecting something bigger to happen. In psycho the character does workings out and then flushes it down the toilet.

Fatal Attractions has aspects that have been borrowed from Psycho such as fight and action. A woman and man are having a fight and try to kill each other, similarly to Psycho, where man murders the lady and she tries to defend herself. I do not think there are many camera works, edit or sound that have been borrowed.   

The same shot of shower curtain was used in The Stepfather
In The Stepfather, Susan attacks David with a sharp piece of a cracked mirror and he falls to the bath and pulls a shower curtain with him. There’s a low angle shot and a close up of the ripping curtain that has been borrowed from the Psycho, as they’re the same. Also the position of Dave and woman from Psycho is the similar. Both characters are dead/ "injured", the camera zooms out slowly and tracks back, leving the character behind. 

famous shower scene prom PSYCHO
 Succubus has aspects borrowed form the Psycho. In the movie a boy is having a shower and gets killed by a girl, in Psycho woman gets murdered by a man while having a shower so the plot is very similar. In both, suspense is created because we know that someone is coming and the character does not. The part where someone gets attacked is borrowed too, in both same camera shots have been used- the mid shot and close up on murderer, who looks like is attacking us and stabbing behind the camera. We only see victim’s reactions but we do not get dramatic images. In both same edit has been used, there pace is slowed down and there’s loud, digetic sound of “knife punches”.

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