Psycho

1998

Action / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

28
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 37%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 29%
IMDb Rating 4.6 10 40853

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Cast

Julianne Moore as Lila Crane
Viggo Mortensen as Sam Loomis
Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates
Rita Wilson as Caroline
1080p.BLU
1.65 GB
1920*1080
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 45 min
P/S 2 / 28

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Eric Stevenson 4 / 10

Truly pointless

I admit to not having seen the original "Psycho" for awhile, but I can't deny that this is just the same movie as the original. That movie existed before content ratings and it's interesting how this was rated R. I guess in black and white it doesn't look as graphic. I shouldn't tell you the plot because it's the same as the original movie. It's amazing how insulting this can be when the problem is that it's too much like the original. It's just a movie that has no reason to exist.

The pacing seems slow and it's all stuff you've seen before. I mean, it's hard to even review this movie. What can I say that hasn't already been said about the original? We need variety and it would have been interesting to see how this departed from the original. A remake isn't supposed to be based on something. It's a retelling of something. *1/2

Reviewed by Sober-Friend 1 / 10

Another Remake Would Be a Good Idea

I thought this was a good idea. Use the original screenplay from "Psycho" and we would have a great film. Well we didn't get a great film. What we got is like armature dinner theater.

The performances here don't come off well. It all seems like they are rushing things. It feels forced. If you love the original then never watch this.

You know one day there will be another remake. I just hope the next time around they change the sexual orientation and genders. Make Marion someone named Marty. Make Norman a repressed homosexual. Then you would make something different and most likely better!

Reviewed by dwasifar 3 / 10

Waited 19 years, gave it another chance, still a disappointment

I was unimpressed by this when it first came out, but I thought I'd give it another chance recently and tried to watch it with an open mind. No; it's still not good. And the thing is, it could have been good, if the cast had found something new in the characters. But they mostly didn't, and I think that's because of the extremely questionable casting decisions. Anne Heche in particular seems lost and floundering in her role, and she is not helped by the crew cut that plays up her resemblance to Pee-Wee Herman. Once you see that, you can't unsee it, and it's Pee-Wee as Marion from then on.

Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates is another bad choice. Anthony Perkins' Norman is superficially likable, and when he turns scary, the transformation is unsettling. Vaughn's Norman is creepy from the beginning, so there's no unsettling shift when he turns out to be a creep. Viggo Mortensen's affected aw-shucks cowboy accent deprives the Sam Loomis character of its needed gravity; and Julianne Moore tries hard to convey the steely desperation that Vera Miles earlier brought to Lila Crane, but in the end just comes off as cranky.

Only William H. Macy brings something new and welcome to his role, giving the Arbogast character a refreshing abrasive charm, different from Martin Balsam, but as good if not better. In the supporting roles, there's nothing much to comment on except maybe for James Remar's note-perfect reproduction of the original film's state trooper.

This is intended to be a shot-for-shot remake, yet Van Sant felt compelled to add a couple of needless things. For example, we don't need to see Norman masturbating as he looks through the hole in the wall; it's better if his desire is completely frustrated. And having Lila cut loose with martial-arts moves at the end seems like a gratuitous nod to obligatory female empowerment. In any ordinary movie it would be unremarkable, but in this film, when you know it didn't happen in the original, it sticks out like a sore thumb and you know immediately that it was added for the wrong reasons.

I'd like to see someone else try this again. It's not really a BAD idea. It's just bad execution.

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