In 1960 Alfred Hitchcock took a step back from his glossy, big-budget color films to make a small horror film. Small budget, black and white and controversial Psycho was unleashed upon the world.
Audiences were introduced to Norman Bates and his mother. They were mesmerized by the creepy house they lived in. And it made audiences so afraid to step into a shower it probably made water companies pretty upset.
Psycho is undoubtedly a classic film. So what do you do with classic films? Well, you remake them years later of course! In 1998 Gus Van Sant had a more unique approach to doing a remake Psycho than expected. What if they remade the film as a shot-for-shot remake. Trying to adhere to as close to the original film as he could Van Sant went on to remake Psycho in what could possibly be one of the strangest remakes ever put on film.
I check out Hitchcock’s original 1960 film Psycho starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles and John Gavin. Then take a look at Van Sant’s 1998 remake starring Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore and Viggo Mortensen.