AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake (1998)
In 1998, Gus Van Sant set out to film a remake of Hitchcock’s classsic, Psycho. Van Sant used a shooting script from the original movie which included notes from Hitchcock himself.
I saw this remake when it hit video for the first time. Being a huge fan of the original, of course, I was set to not like it from the beginning. Honestly, at the time, I didn’t hate it, it just felt superfluous. Like why even bother? So I filed it away and really never thought of it again.
So now that I’ve decided to have this Psycho week, I decided to rewatch this remake (as well as the original). I still feel the same. Even more so after watching this right after the original. Why bother, Van Sant? It’s so close to the original there is literally NO NEED to watch this movie. Sure, Julianne Moore tries to bring a little different to the Crane sister character and Vince Vaughn definitely plays Bates a little different, but not enough to warrant watching this. Anne Heche does NOTHING different with Marion Crane which makes her performance even less. You not only get nothing new out of this you are also watching an almost literal copy of the dialogue and scenes from the 1960 original. SO WHY NOT JUST WATCH THE ORIGINAL?
Like I said, I don’t hate this remake. It just makes me sad. It has to be one of the most useless movies ever made. When Van Sant was asked why he did it, he just said that he did it so no one else would have to. NO ONE ELSE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF DOING IT, DUDE. He must have been high off his big 1997 hit Good Will Hunting and thought he was invincible. Apparently not.
Here’s the trailer:
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