Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Psycho (1998)

Directed by Gus Van Sant

Starring Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen


Like everyone else is asking, why was it made? There certainly wasn’t anything wrong with the original film’s place in film history. If they absolutely had to remake it, I would only wish that they had made it an artistic venture rather than the business venture it obviously was. Remaking it almost exactly as it was is an insult to Van Sant, Hitchcock, and the art of filmmaking. Let me correct myself. The masturbation sequence was new.

Overall, a lot of theatrical overacting by most people. Heche was OK. The stabbing scene was done pretty well, and I feel her additional nakedness added to the horror, but her death stare just doesn’t compare to Leigh’s. Macy and Forster were good. Moore is growing on me, maybe because she’s starting to play real people with real flaws and spice rather than your average good-looking person, which she isn’t. It was nice seeing semi-stars in the film. For a few moments, it almost seemed like they believed in the project through their performances. The dialogue was very 50’s-ish and awkward in the 90’s setting.

They maintained the original cinematography and editing, and that was kind of refreshing in this 90’s crappy horror era. Unfortunately, Van Sant chose to precisely recreate the matte problems Hitchcock had, with Macy falling down the stairs for example. The new mother corpse looked better and more real than the old one.

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