Two differences in the version of "Psycho": It's in color and, of course, it has a new cast. A spokesman says the report of their departure isn't true. Heche says it's not sacrilegious to remake "Psycho," as some hard-core Hitchcock fans have claimed. But when director Van Sant was offered the opportunity to remake an old film from the Universal library, he picked "Psycho," a personal favorite. Gus is saying, 'Not only am I not going to make it different, I'm going to honor you every step of the way. And with similar respect, Heche has recreated one of Hitchcock's most memorable characters, Marion Crane. And this guy comes in once every couple of weeks and has sex with her in a motel room.
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'Psycho': The Mama's Boy, His Motel Guest and That Shower
There was a time when no one could enter a theater playing "Psycho" after the film had started. Today's audiences can traipse freely, and at the theater I attended somebody even made a loud cellular phone call just as the rest of us were bracing ourselves for the shower scene. It turns out the apparent rocks in Van Sant's head are mere pebbles. If he isn't Hitchcock, neither is he crazy. His film is an artful, good-looking remake a modest term, but it beats plagiarism that shrewdly revitalizes the aspects of the real "Psycho" that it follows most faithfully but seldom diverges seriously or successfully from one of the cinema's most brilliant blueprints. Those of us not quite ready to write off the first film will gain little from learning that Norman keeps porn magazines and toy soldiers in his once off-limits childhood bedroom. If the filmmaker is right in supposing that "Psycho" is most widely remembered as that scary shower movie, here's a brief reminder.
Anne Heche honored to play 'kook' in 'Psycho'
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Why would anyone want to approach that horror classic, the godfather of slasher films? How would anyone approach it - especially when one got to the shower scene? Van Sant, an expert craftsman whose previous films include "Good Will Hunting" and "Drugstore Cowboy," has opted to recreate much of the original film shot by shot, except in color with different actors: Vince Vaughn replacing Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Anne Heche in Janet Leigh 's role. The director has said he is working in the tradition of appropriated art, as Andy Warhol did with his Campbell's Soup cans. Still, the "Psycho" shower murder may be cinema's most famous 45 seconds, at least in terms of how it was filmed. Hitchcock used a dizzying array of quick cuts to evoke the grisly killing without ever showing the knife entering the skin. Van Sant has indicated his shower scene will be more graphic than Hitchcock could get away with in We'll see when the new version opens Dec.