- 1 hr 45 min
Psycho (1998) was a psychological thriller film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, and Julianne Moore. The movie is a remake of the classic 1960 thriller film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The movie follows Marion Crane (Anne Heche), a young woman who has stolen a large sum of money from her employer and decides to flee the city. On her way, she ends up at the Bates Motel, run by the awkward and shy Norman Bates (Vince Vaughn). Marion and Norman's relationship becomes complicated as Norman's dark and sinister past is slowly revealed.
The movie aims to be a shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock's classic, with some slight changes to some of the details of the original film. The cinematography, score, and pacing are all very similar to the original, with the famous shower scene being almost exactly the same as the original.
Despite the similarities to the classic film, this version of Psycho was not received well by critics or audiences. Many compared it unfavorably to the original, criticizing it for being too faithful to the original and not adding anything new to the story. The casting of Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates was also criticized, as he was seen as being too young and not sinister enough.
Anne Heche's portrayal of the ill-fated Marion Crane was praised, with some critics noting that she brought a sense of vulnerability and depth to the character that wasn't present in the original film. Julianne Moore's performance as Lila Crane, Marion's sister who comes looking for her, was also praised, with some critics saying that she brought a sense of strength and determination to the role that wasn't present in the original film.
Despite these performances, the movie was ultimately seen as unnecessary and inferior to the original, with many feeling that it was a pointless exercise in recreating a classic film without adding anything new to the story or characters.
Overall, while Psycho (1998) may be an interesting curiosity for fans of the original film, it ultimately fails to capture the same sense of tension and suspense of the classic. The movie may be worth watching for Anne Heche and Julianne Moore's performances, but ultimately, it pales in comparison to the original film.
Psycho is a 1998 mystery with a runtime of 1 hour and 45 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.6 and a MetaScore of 47.