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Psycho (1998)

Released 1998
Distributor Universal

The only way to watch Gus Van Sant’s remake of Psycho with a fresh eye is to never have seen Hitchcock’s irreplaceable original. That’s because Van Sant’s film is virtually an identical cousin of that 1960 classic using many of the same camera set-ups, albeit this time in color. Whether seen as a provocative post-modern deconstruction or an egregious waste of 60 million dollars, Van Sant’s film is oddly suspense-free, even with Joseph Stefano’s darkly comic screenplay and Bernard Herrmann’s slashing violins still along for the ride. Now apparently having become a Heaven’s Gate-like candidate for rehabilitation, this was given another recent reappraisal courtesy of the Village Voice.

About Ti West

Ti West is the writer and director of The Roost, Trigger Man, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, V/H/S/ (Second Honeymoon) & The Sacrament.  In general, he is a big fan of movies and the trailers that come before them.