Choose a scene or sequence from a film in which an atmosphere of mystery, or horror or suspense is created. Describe what happens in the scene or sequence, explaining how the techniques used by the film makers create this atmosphere.
The shower scene in 'Psycho' directed by Alfred Hitchcock, has a scene in particular which creates an atmosphere of horror. This atmosphere of horror is' created by the director's skilful use off camera angles, special effects, props and sounds; diagetic and non-diagetic
Before this scene, Marion Crane, an office worker, is trusted by her employer to put $40,000 into the bank. Tempter by her desire to marry her lover, Sam Loomis, she steals the money and runs away from Phoenix to Fairvale, where her, lover Sam Loomis, stays. On her way, she is worried that she may be able to be tracked from her car, she trades it in at a used car lot and pays for another car using the stolen money. On the second night of her journey, she is unable to see the road as it is raining heavily. She sees a sign for the Bates Motel, so decides to stay there for one night.
She is about to register in the guest book when she realises she may be able to be tracked by her name, so she registers under a fake name. The hotel owner, Norman Bates, asks Marion to join her for dinner at his house that he shares with his mother. Marion agrees, and goes to her room to unpack. While she is looking for a safe place to hide the money, she hears an argument between Norman and his mother, where his mother is not allowing Norman to bring Marion back to the house. Instead, he brings back sandwiches and milk and they go to the parlour behind the office where they are having a conversation. Marion then leaves.
In the shower scene, Marion has decided to return to Phoenix with the money. We see her doing a sum of how much money she owes and how she can repay it She then continues to rip up the piece of paper and flushes it down the toilet. Marion then removes her robe and...