The pointlessness of Gus Van Sant’s project is staggering; plays are restaged all the time, for instance, but rarely does anyone try to copy a specific famous production of one. Few changes have been made to this scene-by-scene remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece, but they’re all bad. The use of color makes the movie less scarier than the original; some scenes are more graphic, but the film lacks the shock value of the original. Vince Vaughn is fine in the lead, though.

1998-U.S. 109 min. Color. Produced by Brian Grazer, Gus Van Sant. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Cast: Vince Vaughn (Norman Bates), Anne Heche (Marion Crane), Julianne Moore (Lila Crane), Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy, Robert Forster… Rita Wilson.

Trivia: Nicole Kidman and Drew Barrymore were allegedly considered for the part of Marion.

Razzie: Worst Remake or Sequel, Director.


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