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Psycho Remake Review

Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers! Don't read if you haven't seen Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. If you have not seen it, go to your closest video rental shop and watch it. Then proceed to read this review, and watch the remake with Vince Vaughn.

When I originally bought it I thought it was Hitchcock’s. When I realized it was the remake I was quite disappointed. Vince Vaughn in a movie like this sounded absolutely horrifying, and not in a good way. But I realized that another opportunity like this (Vaughn playing a role such as Norman) is improbable. So I watched it. To be quite honest I was impressed with how well the director paid attention to the details Hitchcock had sewn into his original work. He even kept the same opening credits. The only difference was that instead of black and white stripes he did black and green which I found completely unnecessary. Also, the movie is in color unlike the original which takes away the contrast in the movie, including Norman’s split persona.

Vince Vaughn did a decent job as Norman. The masturbation scene was not subtle enough. I don’t think it was necessary that they add the sounds of the zipper. They made it too obvious. Also, the painting that he removed from the wall was not the same as the one in the original movie which took away from the irony. And the shower scene was a fail for me. The shots weren’t as great and didn’t have as much of an impact. I couldn’t actually feel Marion’s pain like I did with the final jab in the original. And the shot of Marion’s eye was not as fantastic. Vince Vaughn is also built too big to play his own mother.

Lastly, the psychiatrist at the end didn’t mention anything about the mind being like a house. Not that I recall anyway.

Overall, don't watch this movie if you haven't seen Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. His gives you a lot more insight into psychology.


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