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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake (1998)

Posted in Alfred Hitchock, movies, Norman Bates, pop culture, Psycho, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2012 by Paxton

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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.

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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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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Advertising for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho

Posted in Alfred Hitchock, movies, Psycho with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by Paxton

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Psycho was a groundbreaking suspense and horror movie.  It was expertly crafted and has been endlessly homaged and duplicated.  In many ways, it’s the grandfather of the modern slasher movie and Norman Bates is the grandfather of the modern slasher.  Released in 1960, it was unlike anything audiences had seen before. Part of that, was the way Hitchcock marketed the film.  He played up star Janet Leigh, who was a big star at the time having been in movies since the 40s (including Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil), only to have her character killed 10 minutes into the movie.  Hitchcock did everything he could to simultaneously play up the shocking and surprising nature of the film and build up a little buzz in the media.  He did this by hanging signs in theaters stating that no one can arrive to the theater late.  If you’re late, you can’t enter.  Hitchcock even talked about it in the super long trailer.

This week, to begin AWESOME-tober-fest 2012, I’m going to look at several aspects of Psycho.  Today, I’ll look at some advertising.  The rest of this week I’ll look at the book by Robert Bloch that started it all, the short lived TV series based on the movie and I’ll finish it all up by reviewing the 1998 remake with Vince Vaughn.

So, let’s start our look at Psycho with some of the advertising.  You can click them to see the images bigger on Flickr.

Movie Posters:
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Lobby cards:
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Newspaper ad:
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The original 6min long trailer:

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