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Psycho (1998)

by  |  July 1st, 2012  |  Horror


Alfred Hitchcock’s, Psycho (1960), what can I say about the brilliance of this movie that hasn’t already been said? I mean this movie which was based on the book by the same name, by Robert Bloch, catapulted both Anthony Perkins (The Trial) and Janet Leigh (The Fog) in to horror icons!

This movie would spawn 2 sequels, a prequel, and various forms of remake and its own versions of both TV and movie series! In 1998 though, Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) would remake Alfred Hitchcock’s history making classic!

Written by: Joseph A. Stefano (Psycho 4: The Beginning), Directed by: Gus Van Sant. Starring Vince Vaughn (Swingers), Anne Heche (Volcano), Viggo Mortensen (Appaloosa), Julianne Moore (Hannibal), William H. Macy (Fargo), Philip Baker Hall (The Insider), Rance Howard (Chinatown), Chad Everett (Medical Center), Rita Wilson (Runaway Bride), James Remar (The Warriors) and James LeGros (Guncrazy).

Now you might be wondering why I am recommending this movie… (For those of you who haven’t seen Mr. Van Sant’s version of this movie, it is almost a carbon copy of Alfred Hitchcock’s original classic.)

Now I am the first to admit that I am probably one of the select few fans of the original Psycho movie series that actually liked the remake…

But what can I say… The remake had a great cast, with whom I personally think did justice to the characters, and the original actors that played these characters in the original movie. I mean Vince Vaughn was an extremely chilling Norman Bates, I liked how Julianne Moore brought to the role of, ‘Lila’ a stronger more modern woman. I also liked Viggo Mortensen’s more small town portrayal of, ‘Sam’, etc…

On the left, ‘Anthony Perkins’ as the original Norman Bates in, Alfred Hitchcock’s, ‘Psycho’ (1960), on the right, ‘Vince Vaughn’ as taking over the role as, ‘Norman Bates’ in Director Gus Van Sant’s remake of Hitchcock’s classic!

The soundtrack… Now I have to admit that I did like Alfred Hitchcock’s classic soundtrack, and the job that Bernard Herman did in creating one of the most recognizably harrowing, scary, and desperate scores in horror movie history. But the work that was done in this movie, and the more modern music (for 1998) that was put in to it (including the song, ‘Living Dead Girl’ by Rob Zombie) was so enjoyable that I ended up going out and picking up the sound track with in days of seeing the movie on the big screen for the first time!

Another thing that I wanted to mention of note is the fact that this movie, which for Hitchcock’s version was set in roughly the early 1960s, for Van Sant’s was set in modern 1998. And despite the fact that a lot of the shots for the movie were identical to Hitchcock’s, and the scripts were basically the same. The transition between 1960 and 1998 was seamless!

Now before I go in to what I mean by this, I will admit that the look that was given to Anne Heche’s ‘Marion Crane’ was probably a little too close to the look that was given to Janet Leigh’s ‘Marion Crane’. But over all everyone else looked and acted like they were in 1998 and not 1960!

That is a real feat, considering the fact that a lot of the movies that had been remade during that time from other movies and TV series from other periods in history, including, The Brady Bunch (1995), and Romeo + Juliet (1996), had failed miserably to transition from the period in to the modern day!

I also wanted to say about this movie which, I am pretty certain had been meant as more of an homage to Hitchcock and ‘Psycho’ then a lazy remake, tells the story of how a woman by the name of Marion Crane goes missing after stealing four hundred thousand dollars from her boss, so that she can go and be with her boyfriend, and how a Private Detective by the name of Milton Arbogast (Macy) and Marion’s sister traces the clues to the Bates Motel, and the weird man and his mother that run the place!

Anne Heche as, ‘Marion Crane’ after she runs off with the stolen $400 thousand

The last thing that I did want to say is that although there had been remakes coming out before this version of Psycho came out, I am fairly certain that this version of Psycho was the catalyst for the studios to slowly start ramping up the remakes to the point that we are at where a large portion of the movies that are coming out these days are remakes of the classic originals!

Despite that though this movie is a fun one, check it out, you might find that you like it!

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Alfred Hitchcock’s, Psycho (1960), what can I say about the brilliance of this movie that hasn’t already been said? I mean this movie which was based on the book by the same name, by Robert Bloch, catapulted both Anthony Perkins (The Trial) and Janet Leigh (The Fog) in to horror icons!
This movie would spawn 2 sequels, a prequel, and various forms of remake and its own versions of both TV and movie series! In 1998 though, Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) would remake Alfred Hitchcock’s history making classic!
Written by: Joseph A. Stefano (Psycho 4: The Beginning), Directed by: Gus Van Sant. Starring Vince Vaughn (Swingers), Anne Heche (Volcano), Viggo Mortensen (Appaloosa), Julianne Moore (Hannibal), William H. Macy (Fargo), Philip Baker Hall (The Insider), Rance Howard (Chinatown), Chad Everett (Medical Center), Rita Wilson (Runaway Bride), James Remar (The Warriors) and James LeGros (Guncrazy).
Now you might be wondering why I am recommending this movie… (For those of you who haven’t seen Mr. Van Sant’s version of this movie, it is almost a carbon copy of Alfred Hitchcock’s original classic.)
Now I am the first to admit that I am probably one of the select few fans of the original Psycho movie series that actually liked the remake…
But what can I say… The remake had a great cast, with whom I personally think did justice to the characters, and the original actors that played these characters in the original movie. I mean Vince Vaughn was an extremely chilling Norman Bates, I liked how Julianne Moore brought to the role of, ‘Lila’ a stronger more modern woman. I also liked Viggo Mortensen’s more small town portrayal of, ‘Sam’, etc…

On the left, ‘Anthony Perkins’ as the original Norman Bates in, Alfred Hitchcock’s, ‘Psycho’ (1960), on the right, ‘Vince Vaughn’ as taking over the role as, ‘Norman Bates’ in Director Gus Van Sant’s remake of Hitchcock’s classic!The soundtrack… Now I have to admit that I did like Alfred Hitchcock’s classic soundtrack, and the job that Bernard Herman did in creating one of the most recognizably harrowing, scary, and desperate scores in horror movie history. But the work that was done in this movie, and the more modern music (for 1998) that was put in to it (including the song, ‘Living Dead Girl’ by Rob Zombie) was so enjoyable that I ended up going out and picking up the sound track with in days of seeing the movie on the big screen for the first time!
Another thing that I wanted to mention of note is the fact that this movie, which for Hitchcock’s version was set in roughly the early 1960s, for Van Sant’s was set in modern 1998. And despite the fact that a lot of the shots for the movie were identical to Hitchcock’s, and the scripts were basically the same. The transition between 1960 and 1998 was seamless!
Now before I go in to what I mean by this, I will admit that the look that was given to Anne Heche’s ‘Marion Crane’ was probably a little too close to the look that was given to Janet Leigh’s ‘Marion Crane’. But over all everyone else looked and acted like they were in 1998 and not 1960!

That is a real feat, considering the fact that a lot of the movies that had been remade during that time from other movies and TV series from other periods in history, including, The Brady Bunch (1995), and Romeo + Juliet (1996), had failed miserably to transition from the period in to the modern day!
I also wanted to say about this movie which, I am pretty certain had been meant as more of an homage to Hitchcock and ‘Psycho’ then a lazy remake, tells the story of how a woman by the name of Marion Crane goes missing after stealing four hundred thousand dollars from her boss, so that she can go and be with her boyfriend, and how a Private Detective by the name of Milton Arbogast (Macy) and Marion’s sister traces the clues to the Bates Motel, and the weird man and his mother that run the place!

Anne Heche as, ‘Marion Crane’ after she runs off with the stolen $400 thousandThe last thing that I did want to say is that although there had been remakes coming out before this version of Psycho came out, I am fairly certain that this version of Psycho was the catalyst for the studios to slowly start ramping up the remakes to the point that we are at where a large portion of the movies that are coming out these days are remakes of the classic originals!
Despite that though this movie is a fun one, check it out, you might find that you like it!

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Nathan Strack

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I am a huge Horror/B-Movie/Grindhouse movie fan! Rather it be Writing/Acting/Directing or just watching one I love it all!

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