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Hitchcock is turning over in his grave!!
, February 7, 2007
This review is from: Psycho (DVD)
I really hate to even give this one star. I really enjoyed some films by director Gus Van Zandt, like "Drugstore Cowboy" and "To Die For"; but, after he remade Hitchcock's classic "Psycho", I don't care if he ever makes another film again. First of all, this is a film that does not need to be remade. Especially a shot for shot COLOR (?) remake. Hitch shot "Psycho" in B&W on purpose! He had a reason for not using color in the film. And, for Gus Van Zandt not to get that just proves that he has no clue as to what made Hitch's masterpiece of cinema a classic to begin with, no idea of what made that film such a classic that it still is today.
Not only is the film as flat as a penny on a train track, but for some unknown reason, Van Zandt felt the need to insert completely unneccesary shots, like storm clouds, and (what was he thinking?!?!) scenes of Norman masturbating while he's peeping. That was very offensive to any fan of the original, because the suspense is now replaced with repulsion! But, to me, the ultimate crime was at the end: Instead of freeze framing on the liscence plate of the car as it is being pulled from the marsh, Van Zandt for God knows what reason allows his camera to keep rolling, letting the scene play out during the duration of credits. What a travesty to anything Hitchcock!!
People have slammed director Brian DePalma for borrowing from Hitchcock (one of the many reasons that I love DePalma!), and some have even declared his classic "Dressed To Kill" a "Psycho" rip off; but, at least it had a very new and fresh angle. Even DePalma wouldn't be as stupid as to try and remake a Hitchcock classic. There is no need when you can still watch the original films by the Master Of Suspense, available in most stores and Amazon on VHS and/or DVD.
Van Zandt should be hung in a public square for tampering with this timeless classic! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT waste your time with this piece of garbage! If you haven't seen "Psycho", seek out the original version and see what everyone is talking about when it comes to one of the best psychological suspense mystery thrillers ever made. Thank you.
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