The History Of PsychologicalThrillers
1920’s• "The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog" is aBritish psychological thriller that was made in1927 by Alfred Hitchcoc...
1930’s• ‘The Man who knew too much’ wasproduced in 1934 by Alfred Hitchcock andwas one of the first of the early thrillers...
1940’s• ‘Le Corbeau: The raven’ is a French psychologicalthriller by Henri-Georges Clouzot that was releasedin 1943. I tho...
1950’s• During the late 1930’s to mid-1940’s, thesecond world war was taking place whichwas reflected through many patriot...
1960’s• ‘The sinister urge’ is a 1961 psychologicalthriller directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. Forsome reason the film was not...
1970’s• ‘Sisters’ also known as ‘Blood sisters’ wasmade in 1971 by Brian De Palma. It is a colourmovie. The age certificat...
1980’s• ‘Dead ringers’ was releasedin 1988 by David Cronenberg.The certificate rating is 18this means that extremeviolence...
1990’s• ‘Kiss the girls’ was released in 1997 byGary Fleder. This movie includes aSerial killer who is being hunted downby...
PRESENT DAY• In present day psychological thrillers, there is a use ofdifferent types of technology and Computer-generated...
OVER THE YEARS:• Over the years, many things have changed within mediawhich have allowed psychological thrillers to live u...
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  1. 1. The History Of PsychologicalThrillers
  2. 2. 1920’s• "The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog" is aBritish psychological thriller that was made in1927 by Alfred Hitchcock. It is based on thestory by Marie Belloc Lowndes and a playwritten by Belloc Lowndes called ‘Who ishe?’. It is a black and white silent movie, andthe rating is a PG. This could explain thereasoning for the carefully chosen sceneswhich we wouldn’t expect in modern cinematoday. It is evident that a lack of technologyplayed a significant part in the agecertification decision.http://www.flickchart.com/movie/FDA535C89Ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lodger:_A_Story_of_the_London_Fog
  3. 3. 1930’s• ‘The Man who knew too much’ wasproduced in 1934 by Alfred Hitchcock andwas one of the first of the early thrillers thathe made during the fertile phase of hiscareer. (He later created a remake of thissame film in 1956) It is a 75 minute movie. Aquote from the film is: Louis Bernard:“[dying] A man... a statesman... is to bekilled... assassinated in London. Soon... verysoon. Tell them in London... tell them to tryAmbrose Chapel...” which gives an insight tothe genre.http://www.flickchart.com/movie/D9CBC9D2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_HitchcockDE
  4. 4. 1940’s• ‘Le Corbeau: The raven’ is a French psychologicalthriller by Henri-Georges Clouzot that was releasedin 1943. I thought this film would be an interestingfilm to research as I wanted to add a Frenchelement to my piece as it is one of the A-level’s Iam currently studying and it would be nice toincorporate it into my work to give my finalopening section a slight edge. This film is in blackand white but used the occasional sound mixwhich shows the developing in media ideas inwhich films attempted to make their psychologicalthrillers live up to the forms and conventions byusing different techniques. In my opinion, blackand white movies do not generally appeal to theyounger generation, due to the lack of creativity.However, for this particular film, the music playsan important role of changing and setting theatmosphere successfully which I believe isachieved.http:/www.imdb.co.uk/title/tt0035753/
  5. 5. 1950’s• During the late 1930’s to mid-1940’s, thesecond world war was taking place whichwas reflected through many patriotic warfilms and others that examined thepsychological effects of command andthe change of women’s roles. These topicexaminations were evident in some filmsmade during the 1950’s such as ‘reach forthe sky (1956)’ ,along with ‘Don’t Botherto Knock’ by Roy Ward Baker which wasreleased in 1952. This film was also a PGwhich suggests that after the war, therewas a great financial struggle whichcould’ve put a halt to the progression offilms.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044557/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_film
  6. 6. 1960’s• ‘The sinister urge’ is a 1961 psychologicalthriller directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. Forsome reason the film was not given an agecertificate rating. Even though there is no agecertificate rating, from the caption used on thetheatrical release that reads:“compulsivekiller strikes terror” along with “a psycho withthe urge to kill”. This gives the audience anidea of the story line and level of shock toexpect, this is reinforced by the text at thebottom of the theatrical posterthat reads:“Shocking realism...Unbelievably daring”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sinister_Urge_(film)
  7. 7. 1970’s• ‘Sisters’ also known as ‘Blood sisters’ wasmade in 1971 by Brian De Palma. It is a colourmovie. The age certification for this film is 18and over. The film is about a Danielle Breton, ayoung model. Her neighbour Grace reports tohave witnessed a bloodbath of violence at thehome of Breton but no-body believes her. Inthe end she decides to solve the mysteryherself. Personally I dont feel the title inanyway links to the storyline and doesn’tintrigue the viewer to want to know more.This choice of title could potentially misleadthe audience in what they are watching orgoing to watch.http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/-/2563/1830/-/677332/Sisters/Product.htmlhttp://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0070698/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl
  8. 8. 1980’s• ‘Dead ringers’ was releasedin 1988 by David Cronenberg.The certificate rating is 18this means that extremeviolence is allowed to beshown, including blood andgore, also bad language, andeven sexual scenes which isincorporated within the film.http://www.imdb.co.uk/title/tt0094964/http://www.joblo.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10115http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/18
  9. 9. 1990’s• ‘Kiss the girls’ was released in 1997 byGary Fleder. This movie includes aSerial killer who is being hunted downby the police. The certificate rating is18. In my opinion this film has been asuccess due to it being based on thebest-selling novel by James Patterson(Kiss the girls). Personally I feel themis-en-scene decisions allow theaudience/viewer to be more intriguedwhich may not have been consideredas much in earlier films.
  10. 10. PRESENT DAY• In present day psychological thrillers, there is a use ofdifferent types of technology and Computer-generatedimagery. I feel that film makers concentrate lesstechnology doesn’t make the film scary it can be doneby the camera shots, angles and the speed of scenecuts. This technique is evident in ‘The strangers’ wherethe scenes in the opening section are roughly 5seconds when the camera enters the home in whichthe film takes place.Evidence:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWp14gtZ-u0
  11. 11. OVER THE YEARS:• Over the years, many things have changed within mediawhich have allowed psychological thrillers to live up to theirgenre. Technology has improved drastically which meansthat psychological thrillers have the fear and thrill factorthat people love as they seem more realistic. Filmcertifications are taken more seriously and for psychologicalthrillers, the film certificate varies depending on the shock-factor. Most psychological thrillers are certified between15-18 years instead of the age range of the past which was:12-18, the reason for this change is that present day filmsof this genre contain more material that is sexual, horrific,discriminatory and etc.http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/18

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