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Encyclopedia > Psycho (1998 film)
Psycho

Original film poster for Psycho
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Produced by Gus Van Sant
Brian Grazer
Written by Novel:
Robert Bloch
Screenplay:
Joseph Stefano
Starring Vince Vaughn
Anne Heche
Julianne Moore
Viggo Mortensen
William H. Macy
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography Christopher Doyle
Editing by Amy E. Duddleston
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Imagine Entertainment
Release date(s) December 4, 1998
Running time 105 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000 (est.)
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Psycho is a 1998 film remake of the Alfred Hitchcock 1960 version produced and directed by Gus Van Sant for Universal Pictures. Both films are based on the novel Psycho by Robert Bloch, which were in turn inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. The film's tagline is: "A recreation of the nightmare that started it all..." Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 409 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (515 × 755 pixel, file size: 50 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Poster for the 1998 remake of Psycho. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Brian Grazer (born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, California) is a Jewish-American film and television producer who founded Imagine Entertainment with partner Ron Howard. ... Robert Albert Bloch (April 5, 1917, Chicago-September 23, 1994, Los Angeles) was a prolific American writer. ... Joseph Stefano (5 May 1922 - 25 August 2006) was an American screenwriter. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ... Anne Celeste Heche (IPA: ) (born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. ... Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. ... William Hall Macy Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Christopher Doyle (born May 2, 1952 in Sydney, Australia; Chinese name: 杜可風) is a highly acclaimed, multi-award winning cinematographer, known for his extreme angles and vanguard color grading. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... Imagine Entertainment is a film and television production company founded in 1986 by director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer. ... is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 â€“ April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Psycho is a 1960 suspense/horror film directed by auteur Alfred Hitchcock from the screenplay by Joseph Stefano about a psychotic killer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... Psycho is a 1959 pulp thriller by Robert Bloch. ... Robert Albert Bloch (April 5, 1917, Chicago-September 23, 1994, Los Angeles) was a prolific American writer. ... “Gein” redirects here. ...


Although this version is in color and features a different cast, it is nearly a shot for shot remake that copies Hitchcock's camera movements and editing. A few changes are introduced to account for advancements in technology since the original film and to make the content more explicit. Murder sequences are also intercut with surreal dream images. Shot-for-shot (or shot-for-shot adaptation, shot-for-shot representation) is a term used to describe a visual work that is transferred almost completely identical from the original work without much interpretations. ...


Anne Heche plays Marion Crane, with Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates, William H. Macy as Milton Arbogast, Viggo Mortensen as Sam Loomis, and Julianne Moore as Lila Crane. Small roles go to Robert Forster as Dr. Fred Simon, Philip Baker Hall as Sheriff Al Chambers, Anne Haney as Mrs. Eliza Chambers, Rita Wilson as Caroline, and Micheal Balzary (aka Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers) as Bob Summerfield. While in the original, Alfred Hitchcock had a cameo as a man in a cowboy hat outside the bank, director Gus Van Sant has a cameo talking to the man in the new version's parallel shot. Anne Celeste Heche (IPA: ) (born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ... Norman Bates is a fictional character created by writer Robert Bloch as the central character in his novel Psycho. ... William Hall Macy Jr. ... Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. ... Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Robert Forster (born July 13, 1941) is an American actor. ... Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. ... Anne Haney as Rishon Uxbridge in Star Trek: The Next Generation Anne Haney (b. ... Rita Wilson (born October 26, 1956)[1] is an American actress and producer. ... Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962 in Melbourne, Australia), better known by his stage name Flea, is the bassist for the alternative rock rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 â€“ April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ...


The film's soundtrack, Psycho: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture, included Danny Elfman's re-recordings of some of Bernard Herrmann's score for the original film, along with a collection of songs in genres from country to drum and bass, connected mainly by titles containing "psycho" or other death or insanity-related words. Many of the songs were recorded specifically for the soundtrack, to the extent that a number of them sample Herrmann's score as well. Psycho: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album to the 1998 remake of Psycho. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician who led the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has composed film scores extensively since 1985s Pee-wees Big Adventure. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ...

Contents

Plot summary

Psycho is a 1960 suspense/horror film directed by auteur Alfred Hitchcock from the screenplay by Joseph Stefano about a psychotic killer. ...

Differences between the 1998 and 1960 versions

  • In the original, there is no nudity in the opening scene. In the remake, the character of Sam Loomis displays rear nudity. We also hear heavy breathing from another couple in the next hotel room.
  • In the original, Marion Crane steals $40,000 in cash tendered as payment for a deal at the real estate office where she works. In the remake, she steals $400,000 in cash instead.
  • In the original, Marion Crane pays $700 in cash for a used car to trade with her car while a suspicious lawman watches her. In the remake, she pays $4000 in cash instead, but the licence numbers on the two cars are the same as in the original: ANL 709 on her first car, and NFB 418 on the new one.
  • In the original, Marion Crane has a long talk with Norman Bates in his parlor, which causes her to change her mind and return the money. In the remake, Marion seems to understand that Norman is crazy, and seems terrified of him. But when she announces that she is going to return the money, the sense of their shared understanding is gone.
  • In the remake, it is assumed that Norman Bates masturbates while watching Marion Crane through the eyehole, as we hear heavy breathing and Norman's body twitches at the end of the scene. In the original, there is no indication that Norman did anything other than simply watch in this scene.
  • In the original, there is no visible nudity in the shower. In the remake, Marion Crane collapses to death after the stabbings, showing rear nudity.
  • In the original, while searching for Marion Crane, her sister Lila apologizes to Sam Loomis for breaking down in tears, just until Milton Arbogast enters the hardware store. In the remake, Lila apologizes to Sam for yelling at him instead.
  • In the original, when Lila Crane and Sam Loomis check into the Bates Motel to investigate their suspicions of Norman Bates and his mother, Norman and Lila smile at each other. In the remake, Norman and Lila wink at each other instead.
  • In the original, Norman Bates knocks Sam Loomis unconscious with a vase in his parlor during a heated argument which escalates into a struggle then flees to the house to find Lila Crane. In the remake, he knocks Sam unconscious with a golf club and the heated argument never escalates into a struggle.
  • When Lila Crane discovers the body of Norman Bates' mother, several white doves suddenly fly up. As birds are a recurring motif in the movie, with Norman's hobby of stuffing dead birds, the sudden unexpected appearance of live birds here may symbolize the approaching end of Norman's presence in the motel.
  • In the original, Lila Crane watches in disbelief as Sam Loomis wrestles the butcher's knife away from Norman Bates and rescues her. In the remake, she kicks Norman in the face in anger instead.

Reaction

This version of Psycho received negative reviews and was awarded two Golden Raspberry Awards, for Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Director (Van Sant). Razzie Award The Raspberry Awards or Razzies, first awarded in 1981, were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to counterpoint the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ...


A number of critics and writers viewed Van Sant's version more as an actual experiment in shot-for-shot remakes. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote that the film "demonstrates that a shot-by-shot remake is pointless; genius apparently resides between or beneath the shots, or in chemistry that cannot be timed or counted".[1] Screenwriter Joseph Stefano, who worked on the 1960 version, thought that although she spoke the same lines, Anne Heche potrays Marion Crane as an entirely different character.[2] Even Van Sant admitted that it was an experiment that proved that no one can really copy a film exactly the same way as the original.[3] Shot-for-shot (or shot-for-shot adaptation, shot-for-shot representation) is a term used to describe a visual work that is transferred almost completely identical from the original work without much interpretations. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Joseph Stefano (5 May 1922 - 25 August 2006) was an American screenwriter. ...


Main cast

Actor Role
Vince Vaughn Norman Bates
Anne Heche Marion Crane
Julianne Moore Lila Crane
Viggo Mortensen Sam Loomis
William H. Macy Milton Arbogast
Robert Forster Dr. Fred Simon
Philip Baker Hall Sheriff Al Chambers
Anne Haney Mrs. Eliza Chambers
Chad Everett Tom Cassidy
Rance Howard Mr. George Lowery
Rita Wilson Caroline
James Remar Patrolman
James LeGros Charlie
Michael "Flea" Balzary Bob Summerfield

Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ... Anne Celeste Heche (IPA: ) (born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. ... Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. ... William Hall Macy Jr. ... Robert Forster (born July 13, 1941) is an American actor. ... Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. ... Anne Haney as Rishon Uxbridge in Star Trek: The Next Generation Anne Haney (b. ... Chad Everett (born June 11, 1936 in South Bend, Indiana, United States) is an American actor who has appeared in over 40 films and television series but is probably best known for his role as Dr. Joe Gannon in the 1970s television drama Medical Center. ... Rance Howard, born November 17, 1928 in Oklahoma, is an American actor who has starred in film and on television, appearing in over 100 films. ... Rita Wilson (born October 26, 1956)[1] is an American actress and producer. ... William James Remar (b. ... James LeGros (born April 27, 1962) is a film and television actor. ... Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962 in Melbourne, Australia), better known by his stage name Flea, is the bassist for the alternative rock rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. ...

References

  1. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Review of Psycho (1998 film)", 1998-12-06. Retrieved on 2007-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Psycho Analysis: An Interview With Screenwriter Joseph Stefano", The Austin Chronicle, 1999-10-15. Retrieved on 2007-11-03. 
  3. ^ "The odd world of Gus Van Sant", International Herald Tribune, 2005-07-15. Retrieved on 2007-11-03. 

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