Psycho Movie Review 1998

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Since Hitchcock's "Psycho" is one of the most famous movies of all time, it would seem redundant to summarize the plot here. Although, redundant is a fitting description of Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot recreation. Wisely, Van Sant doesn't meddle with a good thing. On the other hand, ya pretty much have to ask, "what's the point?" Significant to the success of the original was that it pushed the envelope in 1960. (A shot of a toilet flushing! A woman taking a shower! Blasphemy!) But by today's standards, "Psycho" is utterly tame. Performances are excellent all around. As talented as Vaughn is, however, the inevitable comparison between him and Anthony Perkins reveals that Vaughn is just too cool for this role. Perkins' Norman Bates was geeky and frail, Vaughn just isn't. As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 106 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Creepy Houses, No-Exit Motel, Moms, Sanity Check
Joseph Stefano
Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, Viggo Mortensen, Robert Forster, Philip Baker Hall, Anne Haney, Chad Everett, Rance Howard, Rita Wilson, James Remar, James LeGros
Christopher Doyle
Gus Van Sant
Bernard Herrmann
Brian Grazer, Gus Van Sant, Dany Wolf, Imagine Entertainment, Universal Pictures


Golden Raspberries 1998: Worst Remake/Sequel, Worst Director (Van Sant).

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