Psycho

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Universal Pictures Released 1998

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Director:
Gus Van Sant
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
Psycho is the 1998 shot-for-shot remake of the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic that defined the modern slasher film, directed by Gus Van Sant (To Die For, Elephant, Drugstore Cowboy) and filling the classic roles with the brightest stars of the modern era. Real estate secretary Marion Crane (Anne Heche, Six Days, Seven Nights) seeks to leave the meager accommodations of her life and make her union with her boyfriend Sam (Viggo Mortensen, A History of Violence) official - but neither is at the right stage in their lives to do so, mostly due to financial considerations. An opportunity to change this presents itself however, when Marion steals $400,000 from work and flees towards Sam to make a life for them. She stops at a secluded motel along the way and meets the odd proprietor, Norman Bates (Vince Vaughn, Swingers, Wedding Crashers) and makes a bad impression on his confined, invalid mother. But when Marion is viciously murdered in the shower by Norman's mother, Norman must now deal with the cover up and whatever unwanted attention comes as a result.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    It remains the most structurally elegant and sneakily playful of thrillers. At least some things never change.

  • 60

    Variety

    A faithful-unto-slavish remake of the 1960 Hitchcock classic, pic contains nothing to outrage or offend partisans of the original, yet neither does it stand to add much to their ap...

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is an invaluable experiment in the theory of cinema, because it demonstrates that a shot-by-shot remake is pointless; genius apparently resides between or beneath the sho...

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    Slashers, Thrillers