Psycho (1998) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Psycho (1998)

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  • Release Date:  1998
  • Genre:  Madness & Paranoia
  • Director:  Gus Van Sant
  • Screenwriter:  Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
  • Cast & Crew: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy, Robert Forster, Philip Baker Hall, Anne Haney, Chad Everett, Rance Howard, Rita Wilson, James Remar, James Le Gros, Steven Clark Pachosa, O.B. Babbs

Psycho (1998) Rating:

  • Andrew = 2 / 10;
  • IMDB = 4.6 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 2.8 / 10

Psycho (1998) Synopsis:

A desperate woman steals a large amount of money and ends up at a motel managed by a psychotic young man. The 1998’s version is a frame-by-frame remake, with the exact same storyline, characters and outcome as the 1960 classic.

Psycho (1998) Review:

It’s easy to see why Psycho 1998 is often deemed as one of the most pointless movies to make the big screen. The film is literally a frame by frame shot of Hitchcock’s Psycho movie, which is safe to say very hack to a film-making degree.

It’s hard to get past the fact that there’s nothing new at all. As the viewer, I kept wondering if this drivel is even worth watching. Despite the high profile actors and actresses, there were really no good performances, probably because they were set-off to mimic the original characters. In my opinion, I would have had much more respect for the director if he had kept many of the same aspects, but at least tried to take the film in a different direction, especially with such a great cast and high budget. However, this may be unrealistic since Hitchcock’s masterpiece would certainly trump anything that these filmmakers and writers would put out.

I’m giving Psycho (1998), two out of ten rating, simply because it was cool to see Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates, but there isn’t any other redeeming attributes or a positive thing to like about the remake’s filmmaking. This ill-shot remake is not worth anyone’s time, and already a waste of time for those people who were a part of it.

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