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Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Gus Van Sant’s Remake of ‘Psycho’

Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Gus Van Sant's Remake of 'Psycho'

Let’s Not Do It Again! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with director Ti West introducing Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

The only way to watch Van Sant’s remake of Psycho with a
fresh eye is to never have seen Hitchcock’s irreplaceable original. That’s
because Van Sant’s film is virtually an identical cousin of that 1960 classic
using many of the same camera set-ups, albeit this time in color. Whether seen
as a provocative post-modern deconstruction or an egregious waste of 60 million
dollars, Van Sant’s film is oddly suspense-free, even with Joseph Stefano’s
darkly comic screenplay and Bernard Herrmann’s slashing violins still along for
the ride. Now apparently having become a Heaven’s Gate-like candidate for
rehabilitation, this was given another recent reappraisal courtesy of the
Village Voice.

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