Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
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Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of Psycho is probably the most universally hated film I can think of. I know people who legit like Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla remake (my wife, ugh.), but I can’t think of anybody with positive opinions on Vince Vaughn’s flopsweaty Norman Bates.
Until now, at least. You see, director Ti West (who makes awesome horror movies like House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, and The Sacrament) has a healthier outlook on matters such as these.
In an episode from Trailers from Hell, the director explains that, while he doesn’t think the ’98 Psycho is necessarily a good movie, it is, at least, an interesting experiment in filmmaking. In theory, a shot-for-shot remake should be just as good as the original, but with hundreds of different hands on the project, there’s no way to grasp the same magic that makes the original work.
Hear the dude out. After all, it’s not like the original has gone anywhere.