Frankenstein

  • Directors: James Whale
  • Producers: Carl Laemmle Jr
  • Writers: Novel, Mary Shelley, Play, Peggy Webling, Adaptation, John L Balderston, Screenplay, Francis Edward Faragoh, Garrett Fort, Uncredited, Robert Florey, John Russell
  • Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff

Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive), an ardent young scientist, and his devoted assistant Fritz (Dwight Frye), a hunch-back, piece together a human body, the parts of which have been secretly collected from various sources. Frankenstein’s consuming desire is to create human life through various electrical devices which he has perfected.

Elizabeth (Mae Clarke), his fiancГ©e, is worried to distraction over his peculiar actions. She cannot understand why he secludes himself in an abandoned watch tower, which he has equipped as a laboratory, and refuses to see anyone. She and her friend, Victor Moritz (John Boles), go to Dr. Waldman (Edward Van Sloan), his old medical professor, and ask Dr. Waldman’s help in reclaiming the young scientist from his absorbing experiments. Elizabeth, intent on rescuing Frankenstein, arrives just as the eager young medico is making his final tests. They all watch Frankenstein and the hunchback as they raise the dead creature on an operating table, high into the room, toward an opening at the top of the laboratory. Then a terrific crash of thunder—the crackling of Frankenstein’s electric machines—and the hand of Frankenstein’s monster begins to move.

The manufactured monster (Boris Karloff), a strangely hideous, startling, grotesque, gruesome, inhuman form, is held in a dungeon in the watch tower. Through Fritz’s error, a criminal brain was secured for Frankenstein’s experiments which supposedly result in the monster knowing only hate, horror and murder. However, when we are first introduced to the ‘Monster’ it seems that it is not, in fact, a malevolent beast, but a simple, innocent (if scary looking) creation. Frankenstein welcomes it into his laboratory, and asks his creation to sit, which it does. Fritz, however, enters with a flaming torch which frightens the monster. Its fright is mistaken by Frankenstein and Dr. Waldman as an attempt to attack them, and so it is taken to the cellars where it is chained. Thinking that it is not fit for society, and will wreak havoc at any chance, they leave the monster locked up where Fritz antagonizes it with a torch. As Henry and Dr. Waldman consider the fate of the monster they hear an unearthly, terrifying shriek from the dungeon. Frankenstein and Dr. Waldman rush in to find the monster has strangled Fritz. The monster makes a lunge at the two but they escape the dungeon, locking the monster inside. Realizing that the creature must be destroyed Henry prepares an injection of a powerful drug and the two conspire to release the monster and inject it as it attacks. When the door is unlocked the creature emerges and lunges at Dr. Frankenstein as Dr. Waldman injects the drug into the creature’s back. The monster knocks Dr. Waldman to the floor and has nearly killed Henry when the drug takes effect and he falls to the floor unconscious.

Later, back at Frankenstein Castle, Frankenstein’s father, Baron Frankenstein (Frederick Kerr) celebrates the wedding of his recovered son with a toast to a future grandchild.

The Exorcist

  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Producers: William Peter Blatty, Noel Marshall
  • Writers: William Peter Blatty
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, and, Mercedes McCambridge

Based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist marries three different scenarios into one plot.

The movie opens with Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow) on an archaeological dig near Nineveh. He is then brought to a nearby hole where a small stone head is found, resembling a grimacing, animal-like creature. After talking to one of his supervisors, he then travels to a spot where a strange statue stands, specifically Pazuzu, with a head similar to the one he found earlier. He sees both an ominous figure and two dogs fight loudly nearby, setting the tone for the rest of the film.

Meanwhile, Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller), a young priest at Georgetown University, begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother’s terminal sickness.

In the central storyline, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), an actress filming in Georgetown, notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her twelve year-old daughter Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair). Regan exhibits strange, unnatural powers, including levitation and great strength, and often expresses vulgar language and blasphemy in a demonic male voice during these periods. At first, Chris believes that Regan’s rapid mental and physical changes are products of the trauma of Chris’s recent divorce. Regan is forced to endure a series of unpleasant medical tests as doctors try to find an explanation for her bizarre changes. When X-Rays show nothing out of the ordinary, doctors retire the belief that Regan has brain abnormalities causing her bizarre behavior. Chris is advised by a doctor that Regan should see a psychiatrist. After Regan assaults the psychiatrist, supernatural occurrences continue to surround her at the MacNeil’s household, including violently shaking beds, strange noises and unexplained movement. The director of the film Mrs. MacNeil is starring in is found brutally murdered after being asked to babysit for Regan.

At the climax of the exorcism, Father Merrin dies of a heart attack that was possibly brought on by Regan. Father Karras tries to give him CPR, but to no avail, and notices Regan giggling as he tries to save him. Karras becomes infuriated and grabs her, and begins to strike her, and finally challenges the demon to leave Regan and enter him. The demon does enter Damien, but the priest immediately throws himself through Regan’s bedroom window in order to stop the demon from murdering her. He falls down the steps outside where, at the bottom, a devastated Father Dyer, his best friend, administers the Last Rites as Father Karras dies. Regan is restored to her normal self, and according to Chris, does not remember any of the experience. The film ends as the MacNeil mother and daughter leave Georgetown to move on from their ordeal.

King Kong

  • Directors: Merian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack
  • Producers: Merian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack, David O Selznick
  • Writers: Story, Merian C Cooper, Edgar Wallace, Screenplay, James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

The film starts when Carl Denham, a film director who is famous for shooting animal pictures in remote and exotic locations, is unable to hire an actress to star in his newest project and so wanders the streets searching for a suitable girl. He chances upon unemployed Ann Darrow, as she is caught trying to steal an apple. Denham pays off the grocer then buys Ann a meal and offers her the lead role in his latest installment. Although Ann is apprehensive, she has nothing to lose and eagerly agrees.

They set sail aboard the Venture, an old tramp steamer that travels for weeks in the direction of Indonesia, where Denham claims they will be shooting. Despite his ongoing declarations that women have no place on board ships, the ship’s first mate Jack Driscoll is obviously becoming attracted to Ann. Denham takes note of the situation and informs Driscoll he has enough trouble without the complications of a seagoing love affair. Driscoll sneers at the suggestion, reminding Denham of his toughness in past adventures. Denham’s reply outlines the theme of both the movie he is making and the one in which he is a character: “The Beast was a tough guy too. He could lick the world, but when he saw Beauty, she got him. He went soft. He forgot his wisdom and the little fellas licked him.”

Kong finds Ann and carries her to the top of the Empire State Building. The military dispatches four Curtiss Helldiver biplanes to destroy Kong. The ape gently sets Ann down on the building’s observation deck and climbs atop the dirigible mooring mast, trying to fend off the attackers. He manages to swat one plane down, but in the end he is mortally wounded by machine-gun fire and plummets to his death in the street below. Denham picks his way to the front of the crowd, where a cop remarks “Well Denham, the airplanes got him.” Denham replies, “It wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.”

The Thing

  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Producers: David Foster, Lawrence Turman, Wilbur Stark, Stuart Cohen
  • Writers: Novella, John W Campbell Jr, Screenplay, Bill Lancaster
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, David Clennon, Donald Moffat, Thomas G Waites, Joel Polis, Peter Maloney, Charles Hallahan, T K Carter, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur

In winter 1982, an American Antarctic research station is alerted by gunfire and explosions. Pursued by a Norwegian helicopter, an Alaskan Malamute makes its way into the camp as the science station’s crew looks on in confusion. Through reckless use of a thermal charge, the helicopter is destroyed and its pilot killed shortly after landing. The surviving passenger fires at the dog with a rifle, grazing Bennings (Peter Maloney), one of the American researchers. The passenger is subsequently shot and killed by Garry (Donald Moffat), the station commander. Not knowing what to make of the incident, the station crew adopts the dog.

Unable to contact the outside world via radio, helicopter pilot R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell) and Dr. Copper (Richard Dysart) risk a flight to the Norwegian camp to find it destroyed, its personnel missing or dead. Finding evidence that the Norwegians had dug something out of the ice, the pair return to the station with the partially-burned remains of a hideous creature which bears some human features. An autopsy of the cadaver by Dr. Blair (Wilford Brimley) is inconclusive, save to find that the creature had what appeared to be a normal set of internal organs.

At Bennings’ request, the station’s wrangler, Clark (Richard Masur), kennels the stray with the rest of the station’s sled dogs. Noises from the kennel cause Clark to return, finding almost the entire sled team in the process of being messily assimilated by the stray dog, which has transformed into a monster. MacReady summons the rest of the crew to the kennel with the fire alarm and orders Childs (Keith David) to incinerate the creature with a flamethrower. A subsequent autopsy by Blair reveals that the stray dog was an alien capable of absorbing and perfectly imitating other life-forms. Realizing the implications of this, Blair quickly becomes withdrawn and suspicious of the rest of the crew. A second helicopter expedition discovers an alien spacecraft unearthed by the Norwegian research team, revealing that the creature had awakened after being buried within the ice for many thousands of years.

After some time, MacReady is shown wandering alone in the flaming rubble. He encounters Childs, who claims to have seen Blair and gotten lost while chasing him in the snow. With the polar climate closing in around them, they acknowledge the futility of their distrust, sharing a drink as the camp burns.

Les diaboliques

  • Directors: Henri Georges Clouzot
  • Producers: Henri Georges Clouzot
  • Writers: Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac
  • Genres: Crime, Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

The story takes place in a second-rate boarding school that is run by the tyrannical Michel Delasalle (Meurisse). The school is owned by Delasalle’s wife, the frail Christina (Clouzot), and Delasalle openly flaunts his relationship with Nicole Horner (Signoret), a teacher at the school, in front of his spouse. But rather than the expected antagonism that one would expect to result from this situation, the two women are shown to have a somewhat close relationship with each other that is primarily based on their mutual hatred of Michel, who is physically and emotionally abusive to both of them. Unable to stand his mistreatment any longer, Nicole devises a plan to lure Michel to her apartment building in a remote village several hundred miles away, where the two women will drown him and then dump his body in the school’s rundown swimming pool, and when it floats to the surface it will appear that he was simply the victim of an accident. Though hesitant at first, Christina ultimately consents to help Nicole with the plan. Everything goes perfectly until the body fails to surface, and when the pool is drained Michel’s corpse is nowhere to be found.

Jaws

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: David Brown, Richard D Zanuck
  • Writers: Novel, Peter Benchley, Screenplay, Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb, Uncredited, Howard Sackler
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

The film begins at a late night beach party on Amity Island, from which a young woman named Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie) leaves to go skinny dipping. She strips naked on the beach and dives into the water leaving her date Cassidy drunk and passed out on the beach. While in the water, she is suddenly jerked around and then pulled under by an unseen force, all while screaming in terror for help. The next morning, Amity’s new police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) is notified that Chrissie is missing. Brody and his deputy Len Hendricks (Jeffrey Kramer) find her mutilated remains washed up on the shore. The medical examiner informs Brody that the victim’s death was due to a shark attack. Brody, who fears the ocean, heads out to close the beaches, but is intercepted and overruled by the town mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), who fears that reports of a shark attack will ruin the summer tourist season which is the town’s major source of income. The medical examiner says he was wrong about a shark attack and tells Brody that it was a boating accident. Brody reluctantly goes along with this.

A week later, a young boy named Alex Kintner is attacked and eaten by a shark while swimming off a crowded beach. Mrs. Kintner places a $3,000 bounty on the animal, sparking an amateur shark hunting frenzy and attracting the attention of local professional shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw). Quint interrupts a town meeting to offer his services; his demand for $10,000 is taken “under advisement”. Brought in by Brody, marine biologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) conducts an autopsy on Chrissie’s remains and concludes she was killed by a shark. Soon after a large tiger shark is caught by a group of novice fishermen, leading the town to believe the problem is solved, but an unconvinced Hooper measures mouth and find that the “bite radius” (the width and shape of a bite) did not match up to the remains of the first victim. He asks to examine the contents of the shark’s stomach sinch its digestion was so slow that whatever it ate within the last 24 hours would be undigested. Because Vaughn refuses to make the “operation” public, saying he did not want the Kinter kid spilled out on the dock, Brody and Hooper return after dark and learn that the captured shark does not contain human remains, just fish and garbage. Scouting aboard Hooper’s state-of-the-art boat, they come across the half-sunken wreckage of local fisherman Ben Gardner’s boat. Hooper dons a wetsuit and discovers a giant shark tooth, that of a large great white shark, and another victim, Gardner. The shock of encounter Gardner’s remains causes causes Hooper to drop the tooth. Vaughn still refuses to close the beach; on the Fourth of July the beaches are covered in tourists. While a prank triggers a false alarm and draws the authorities’ attention, the real shark enters an estuary, kills a life guard, and nearly kills Brody’s oldest son Michael. Brody forces a stunned Vaughn to hire Quint. Brody and Hooper join the hunter on his boat, the Orca, and the trio set out to kill the man-eater.

With the Orca immobilized, the trio try a desperate approach; Hooper dons his scuba gear and enters the ocean inside a shark proof cage, intending to stab the shark in the mouth with a hypodermic spear filled with strychnine nitrate. The shark instead destroys the cage, causing Hooper to lose the spear and flee to the seabed. As Quint and Brody raise the remnants of the cage, the shark throws itself onto the boat, crushing the transom and causing the boat to begin sinking. Quint slides down towards the shark, kicking it and stabbing it with his machette in vain, before being pulled underwater and devoured. Blood spills out his mouth. Brody retreats to the boat’s cabin, which is now partly submerged, and throws a pressurized air tank into the shark’s mouth when it rams its way inside. Brody takes Quint’s M1 Garand rifle and climbs the rapidly-listing mast of the boat where he temporarily fends off the attacker with a harpoon. The shark circles around and charges one last time at Brody, who is now only a foot or so above the water. Brody starts firing at the air tank still wedged in the shark’s mouth. Snarling “Smile you son of a bitch!”, he fires again and scores a hit, and the highly pressurized tank blows the shark’s head to pieces and sends the rest of its body to the bottom of the ocean in a massive cloud of blood. Hooper surfaces and reunites with Brody, whereupon the two survivors use the leftover flotation barrels to construct a makeshift raft and paddle back to Amity Island.

Aliens

  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: Gale Anne Hurd, Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
  • Writers: Story, James Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill, Screenplay, James Cameron
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the only survivor of the space freighter Nostromo, is rescued and revived after drifting for fifty-seven years in hypersleep. At an interview before a panel of executives from her employer, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, her testimony regarding the Alien is met with extreme skepticism as no physical evidence of the creature survived the destruction of the Nostromo. Ripley loses her space flight license as a result of her “questionable judgment” and learns that LV-426, the planetoid where her crew first encountered the Alien eggs, is now home to a terraforming colony. Ripley is visited by Weyland-Yutani representative Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) and Lieutenant Gorman (William Hope) of the Colonial Marines, who inform her that contact has been lost with the colony on LV-426. The company is dispatching Burke and a unit of marines to investigate, and offers to restore Ripley’s flight status and grant her a commission as a lieutenant if she will accompany them as a consultant. Traumatized by her previous encounter with the Alien, Ripley initially refuses to join, but accepts when she realizes that the mission will allow her to face her fears. Arriving aboard the warship Sulaco she is introduced to the Colonial Marines, including Sergeant Apone (Al Matthews), Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), Privates Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) and Hudson (Bill Paxton), and the android Bishop (Lance Henriksen), towards whom Ripley is initially hostile due to her previous experience with the android Ash aboard the Nostromo.

Ripley and an injured Hicks reach Bishop and the second dropship, but Ripley is unwilling to leave Newt behind. She rescues Newt from the hive in the processing station, where the two encounter the Alien queen and her egg chamber. Ripley destroys most of the eggs, enraging the queen, who escapes by tearing free from her ovipositor. Closely pursued by the queen, Ripley and Newt rendezvous with Bishop and Hicks on the dropship and escape moments before the colony is consumed by the nuclear blast. Back on the Sulaco, Ripley and Bishop’s relief at their narrow escape is interrupted when the Alien queen, stowed away on the dropship’s landing gear, tears Bishop in half. Ripley battles the queen using an exosuit cargo-loader. The two of them tumble into a large airlock, which Ripley then opens, expelling the queen into space. Ripley clambers to safety and she, Newt, Hicks, and Bishop enter hypersleep for the return to Earth.

The Shining

  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Jan Harlan, Martin Richards
  • Writers: Novel, Stephen King, Screenplay, Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Jack Torrance arrives at the Overlook Hotel for a job interview. Manager Stuart Ullman warns him that the previous caretaker got cabin fever and killed his family and himself during the long winter in which the hotel is entirely isolated. The hotel itself is built on the site of an Indian burial ground. Jack’s son Danny has had terrifying premonitions about the hotel. His mother, Wendy, tells a visiting doctor about Danny’s imaginary friend “Tony”, and that Jack, her husband, had given up drinking because he had physically abused Danny after a binge.

The family arrives at the hotel on closing day, and is given a tour. The elderly African-American chef, Dick Hallorann, surprises Danny by speaking to him telepathically and inviting him for an ice cream. He explains to Danny that he and his grandmother shared the gift; they called the communication “shining.” Danny asks if there is anything to be afraid of in the hotel, particularly Room 237. Dick tells Danny that the hotel has a certain “shine” to it and many memories, not all of them good, and advises him to stay out of room 237 under all circumstances.

A month goes by; Jack’s writing project is going nowhere, Wendy is concerned about the phone lines being out due to the snow storm, and Danny is having more frightening visions. Jack tells Danny that he genuinely loves and cares for him, and that he would like to stay in the hotel forever.

Danny has written “REDRUM” in lipstick on the door of Wendy’s bedroom. When she looks in the mirror, she sees that it is “Murder” spelled backwards. Jack picks up an axe and begins to chop through the door leading to his family’s living quarters. In a frantic maneuver, Wendy sends Danny out through the bathroom window but Wendy can’t escape the same way because the window sticks half-way. Jack then starts chopping the bathroom door down with the axe. When Jack has almost hacked his way through, he pushes his face into the splintered wood and calls “Here’s Johnny!” with homicidal intent. [2] As Jack attempts to unlock the door, Wendy swipes at his hand with a butcher knife; Jack backs off and starts prowling around the hotel. Hallorann enters, but is killed by Jack, by putting a axe through his chest, who then chases Danny into the hedge maze. Danny manages to evade his father by walking backwards in his own tracks. Wendy and Danny escape in Hallorann’s vehicle, while Jack freezes to death in the hedge maze. The final shot of the movie is of an old photograph taken at the hotel on July 4, 1921 in which Jack Torrance is clearly visible while Midnight, the Stars and You[3] is being played through the hallways.

Alien

  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Producers: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
  • Writers: Story, Dan O Bannon, Ronald Shusset, Screenplay, Dan O Bannon, David Giler, Walter Hill
  • Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto

The commercial towing spaceship Nostromo is on a return trip from Thedus to Earth, hauling a refinery and twenty million tons of mineral ore and carrying its seven-member crew in stasis. Upon receiving a transmission of unknown origin from a nearby planetoid, the ship’s computer awakens the crew.[11] Acting on orders from their corporate employers, the crew lands the Nostromo on the planetoid, resulting in some damage to the ship. Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Executive Officer Kane (John Hurt), and Navigator Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) set out to investigate the signal’s source while Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Science Officer Ash (Ian Holm), and Engineers Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) and Parker (Yaphet Kotto) stay behind to monitor their progress and make repairs.

Dallas, Kane, and Lambert discover that the signal is coming from a derelict alien spacecraft. Inside it they find the remains of a large alien creature whose ribs appear to have been bent outward from the inside. Ripley, meanwhile, determines that the signal transmission is some type of warning. Kane discovers a chamber containing numerous eggs, one of which releases a creature that attaches itself to his face. Dallas and Lambert carry the unconscious Kane back to the Nostromo, where Ash allows them inside against Ripley’s orders to follow the ship’s quarantine protocol. They unsuccessfully attempt to remove the creature from Kane’s face, discovering that its blood is a potent acid. Eventually the creature detaches on its own and is found dead. With the ship repaired, the crew resume their trip back to Earth.

As she prepares to enter stasis Ripley discovers that the Alien is aboard the shuttle. She puts on a space suit and opens the hatch, causing explosive decompression which forces the Alien to the open doorway. She shoots it with a grappling gun which pushes it out, but the gun is caught in the closing door and the Alien is tethered to the shuttle. It attempts to crawl into one of the engines, but Ripley activates them and blasts the Alien into space. The film ends with Ripley and Jones entering stasis for the return trip to Earth.

Psycho

  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Novel, Robert Bloch, Screenplay, Joseph Stefano, Samuel A Taylor
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire

In Phoenix, Arizona, lovers Marion Crane (Leigh) and Sam Loomis (John Gavin) want to marry, but cannot, as Sam is in debt and must also pay heavy alimony to his ex-wife. Unhappy and desperate to improve their situation, Marion steals $40,000 in cash from her office and drives to California, where Sam lives. All the while, Marion is nervous and apprehensive, and drives well into the night, eventually parking alongside the road to sleep. She is awakened by a concerned highway police officer, who warns her that it is dangerous to sleep in a car on a busy highway and tells her that there are many motels that she can use in future. However, Marion’s agitation and desperation to leave arouses his suspicions. He allows her to go on, but follows her, which agitates Marion further. Realizing that he now knows her plate number and can track her when the money is reported missing, she trades her 1956 Ford Mainline for a 1957 Ford Custom 300 before continuing to California. However, the same officer has been watching the exchange from across the street and gotten her new plate number. Marion leaves, worrying that the car trader will express suspicions of his own to the officer.

The last scene shows Norman Bates seated in a cell. His mind is now completely dominated by the persona of his mother. We hear “her” internal voice as a voice-over. She blames Norman, and plans on demonstrating to the authorities that it was Norman who did the crimes, whereas she is utterly harmless. She knows that people must be observing her, and will show them what kind of a person she is. As a fly crawls on Norman’s hand, Mother continues, “I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching. They’ll see, they’ll know, and they’ll say, ‘Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly'”. We see “Mother” smile with satisfaction, which shows through Norman’s demented stare (a double exposure shot of Norman’s face over a bleached skull). The film’s final shot is of Marion’s car being recovered from the swamp.