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Recipe for Horror In horror films there is always one scene that opens up the perceived realm of normality to that of fear and confusion Directors and authors alike use these scenes to show the change in the pace of the film In both the movie Psycho 1960 and Carrie 1976 shower scenes are used to mark this epic turning point with sexuality blood and voyeurism the most important ingredients to horror The idea of sneaking around and peering into forbidden places gives just about everyone a thrill Voyeurism is used strongly in both Psycho and Carrie due to its ability to entice thrill in the viewer In Carrie we start the scene by looking into a girls high school locker room scantily clad or naked girls moving in slow-motion in front of the camera give the thrill of both trespassing and the chance of being caught The camera gradually slides across the locker room floor slowly so as to allow us to look at the changing girls We stop at the last row and are slowly walked into the steamy row of showers where we find a naked Carrie White Sissy Spacek In Psycho after Norman Bates Anthony Perkins leaves Marion Crane Janet Leigh to her room he goes back to his office for a reason were not quite clear about yet He hesitates at the wall between his office and Marions room glancing around for anyone who might be watching him The rooms under-lighting gives both Norman and the stuffed birds around him an evil and devious look Finally he looks at the wall and removes a painting a painting depicting the Rape of Lucretia and reveals a peephole into Marions hotel room He puts his eye up to the hole and we are graced - 1 with the view of Marion in just a black bra and slip the color hinting to the illicitness of the moment We are then
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