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  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
  • Producers: Gus Van Sant, Brian Grazer, Dany Wolf, James Whitaker, John Marshall
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: August 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783243456
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

1998 remake. Marion Crane steals a lot of cash from a man whom her boss is in business with. On the way to see her boyfriend, she stops off by an old motel, run by the odd Norman Bates. She is murdered in the shower. Her sister, boyfriend, and a private investigator try to find out where she is, while we learn more about Norman Bates.

Customer Reviews

This is one of the worst remakes ever made!
C HAGAN
There is a saying, "They don't make them like that anymore." And I hope they don't make them like this movie anymore.
gobirds2
The original Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock is a genuine classic in all of film history and is flawless in execution.
Classics Survive

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68 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Beusch VINE VOICE on May 2, 2002
Format: DVD
This remake of the cherished 1960 Hitchcock classic is pointless and unnecessary. It's like remaking Sunset Boulevard (rest in peace, Billy Wilder) in color with Raquel Welch and Freddy Prinze, Jr. in the Gloria Swanson and William Holden roles and throwing in a Basic Instinct sex scene for good measure. Psycho is like Casablanca, Laura, It's a Wonderful Life, Some Like It Hot and To Kill a Mockingbird -- great films where the audience, after seeing them, can never picture other actors playing those roles. For me, Marion Crane will always be Janet Leigh and Norman Bates will always be Anthony Perkins -- period. Hitchcock's Psycho is a masterpiece that deserves to stand on its own without a shot-for-shot pale imitation to stain its memory. There are many things wrong with this version, but I'll concentrate on four areas:
First, Vince Vaughn has a completely and utterly impossible task of trying to match up to Anthony Perkins' performance in the original. Perkins' Norman Bates came out of his own personality. He, like Norman Bates, lost his father at an early age and had a internal conflict over his own sexual identity. He, like Norman Bates, had a clinging, possessive mother. Vaughn, in contrast, is behind the eight ball as soon as he appears on the screen in the remake. Vaughn plays Norman Bates. Perkins IS Norman Bates. Vaughn tries his best, but it isn't nearly enough.
The updated touches director Gus Van Sandt has added -- namely the masturbation, vomiting, nudity and the added gore. Instead of making a positive additional contribution to the story, these updates merely seem like a gratuitous tack-on that Van Sandt has added to appeal to modern audiences. Martin Scorcese's remake of Cape Fear earned the right to deal more graphically with its subject matter than the original.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dark Mechanicus JSG on July 19, 2003
Format: DVD
Gus Van Sant is a talented director in his own right, as he proved in his stirring and depressing account of the travails and adventures of a latter-day Henry V "My Own Private Idaho." So why, then, did Van Sant feel the need to make this version of "Psycho", which isn't even a 'version', since this movie is a slavish shot-for-shot remake of the original, albeit set in the 1990's.
As I've said on many an occasion, I have no problem with a true remake: a fresh look on an old theme is perfectly fine, so long as it's well done and has something new to say. But given Van Sant's directorial talent, and considering the top tier (albeit underrated) acting talent involved (Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, William H. Macy, and Viggo Mortensen, it's hard to fathom why Van Sant would choose to use his talents on something like this.
It's worth emphasizing to the incredulous that this movie is NOT a remake, but is, indeed, a SHOT-for-SHOT reshoot of the original Hitchcock classic. Except for perhaps two little inexplicable touches, the film uses every camera angle, and every snippet of dialogue, and all of the characters, in the original film: the only departure from the original "Psycho" is that this movie is shot in color. Of the two departures, there isn't much to say: they take the form of brief 'visions' edited MTV-style into the killing sequences, and include a roiling stormy sky, a masked woman in a bikini, and an ewe.
For this we needed a feature film? What's more, while the movie itself is at first intriguing as a curiosity ("hmmm...let's see how Anne Heche plays the shower sequence) quickly begins to resemble bad dinner theater, and the film and actors, by definition, draw comparison to the original. Lamentably, they don't do well in the comparison.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By DC Glass on April 2, 2002
Format: DVD
Where was Alfred Hitchcock's name in the credits? Was the film dedicated to him and I blinked and missed it? Was he acknowledged in any way, other than his silly cameo? How much money was Patricia Hitchcock paid to say, in the featurette, that her father would have approved of this movie? These and many other questions can be condensed into one word: why? Remaking this, shot-for-shot and in color, was a huge error in judgement made by whomever it was that green-lighted this cinematic travesty. Whereas, in the original, Anthony Perkins, under the guidence of the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, played Norman as the somewhat disturbed but likeable boy next door and therefore the ending was a shock, Vince Vaughn played crazy right from the get-go, completely spoiling the rest of the film. Viggo Mortensen's acting couldn't have been worse, and what's the deal with them changing the house? The old house was sinister and creepy, especially in black and white; the new house looks like a reject from a William Castle movie. The opening credits, in color, look very nice, but the film slides quickly downhill from there. This film might have worked if only Anne Heche had played Norman instead of Marion. If you've never seen either version, please see the original!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Raif Hollister on March 4, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
In other words, a lifeless corpse of a movie.
This movie is exactly like the original, the only differences being that it is not scary, interesting, engaging, or convincing.
The movie equivalent of a Paint by Numbers knockoff of the Mona Lisa.
Van Sant's next projects include remakes of the following:
"Gone With the Wind" with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
"Citizen Kane" starring Tom Cruise with a soundtrack by N'SYNC
"The Grapes of Wrath" starring Bob Saget, Rosie O'Donnell (as "Ma"), and George "Goober" Lindsey.
Hooray for Hollywood.
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