The dominance of slasher/splatter films in the '80s is perhaps more indicative of trauma and therapeutic engagement with "The Shower Scene" but this Psycho effect is over.
- there can be the interminability of both therapy and film; the late '80s seemed to be the end of the Psycho effect.
- Benjamin's "surgical intervention" can be seen at Universal Studios where the shower scene is endlessly repeated such that the effect of that scene has been attenuated
- this has led to a mass preparedness in anticipation of the disaster with its incumbent energy
Situating the Psycho
- within the horror genre
- within psychotherapy
The Devil - the pre-Oedipal father or primitive Father - primarily this is a select-client relationship with the Devil. What does the client get from the Devil? They get the Father, but one becomes the child of an adopted, choice-marked Father.
- We can see the Devil-father as an absolute authority, not triangulating with the mother and the root of sexual difference
- The Devil is the only occult figure that doesn't grant immortal life (unlike the Vampire)
- This is because he celebrates finitude, it presupposes that it will be uninhibited - not stuck on this existence or attached.
- So the Client must substitute without stopping
- The Client gets quality time with the knowledge of a certain deadline in future
- (The first use of DNA in this manner was proposed by Alec Jeffreys; Rickels has the story wrong: the first use of this technique was a paternity case, but there was no rape.)
- everywhere we have a sense that the "psycho" is untreatable
- the psychopath represents a failure of a whole tradition of interpretation that culminates in psychoanalysis
- He has reconstructed the psyche based on a belief that the "psycho" state is easily possible
- Early on he wouldn't treat adolescents, turning them over to incarceration, but he had a turning point wherein he noticed in antisocial children's behaviors a gesture for hope
- We shouldn't dismiss these bad behaviors as only that, but these are attempts made by the children to communicate a point:
- a signal of hope that illuminates the lost environment
- Hope - indoeuropean, has roots in hunting language; refers to startled hesitation where one rethinks the next move; the word in German hunting language (Jägerspache) refers to this hesitation
- Schauer - German; Horror, associated with the powerful storms from the North Sea
- The survivor is part of the psychopathic environment
- with each survivor, the scope of hope grows more and more
- There is a break in good parenting, leading to confusion. Sometimes the parent will spoil the child (not always useful)
- from this antisocial behavior may appear and from this we can hope because the child is trying to find a way to reconcile
- Winnicott privileges the psychotic because the psychotic has protected his authentic self; given this, therapy can be used to recover
Psycho, A. Hitchcock.
- There is something accusatory about the swooping camera in the beginning of the film.
- That this scene is in such a heavy-named town (Phoenix), we can easily imagine a slashed town where violence is hard to contain.
- She is the image of the mother turned around, to whom you show disrespect, "You make respectability sound disrespectful."
- The "Shower Scene" itself: the violence of having been eradicated so completely and quickly.
Does film mummify its subject? The stuffed birds in the parlor
- there is something about the film medium that destroys its subject in order to preserve it