Criminal on the run, Marion Crane (Anne Heche) takes refuge at the motel operated by Norman Bates (Vince Vaughn) – a troubled man whose victims encounter a grisly fate at the hands of his “mother.” Marion soon becomes the next victim and her disappearance prompts inquiries from her sister (Julianne Moore) and a private investigator (William H. Macy). They both soon discover the morbid bond linking Norman to his mysterious “mother” at the Bates Motel. Relive the terror in acclaimed director Gus Van Sant’s all-new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of suspense...PSYCHO
Credited with inventing the genre of the modern horror film, PSYCHO has had its share of sequels and imitators, none of which diminishes the achievement of this shocking and complex horror thriller. Alfred Hitchcock's choreography of elements in PSYCHO is considered so perfect it inspired a shot-by-shot remake by Gus Van Zant in 1998. However, Hitchcock's black-and-white original, featuring Anthony Perkins's haunting characterisation of lonely motel keeper Norman Bates, has never been equalled. Bates presides over an out-of-the-way motel under the domineering spectre of his mother. The young, well-intentioned Bates is introduced to the audience when Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), a blonde on the run with stolen money, checks in for the night. But Momma doesn't like loose women, so the stage is set for this classic tale of horror and one of the most famous scenes in film history. PSYCHO was initially received by audiences with shock and amazement and it still terrifies today. Though it is now considered prototypical Hitchcock, its setting, pace, and emphasis on terror was a major departure for the director at the time, coming after the more classically grand NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
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Reviewed by JACQUI from m on 06 December 2012
Vince Vaughn gives one of the most powerful performance I have seen in a long time. He is completely believable as Norman Bates and at times I have to remind myself that this is a remake. Other characters pale by comparison, particularly Anne Heche. A classic horror movie all collectors should own
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Reviewed by Nicky from Johannesburg on 13 December 2012
Boring at stages