Genre Guesstimation – Psycho (1998)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Robb of Red Bezzle and it is Remade Movies.

Love or hate, compare and contrast, and dare to say they’re better. It could be a relocated remake a la The Magnificent Seven, an Animation to Live Action remake similar to The Jungle Book or straight forward reimagining such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of September by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Robb!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Re-Made Movies.

“We’re always quickest to doubt people who have a reputation for being honest. ” – Milton Arbogast

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Sep 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After stealing money from her boss a young woman flees the city and stops off at a mysterious motel on her way to freedom.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This film was Robb’s choice for me to watch.

I gotta say that on the one hand, I’m glad to have finally seen this film, I am also quite disappointed that it isn’t as good as the original despite it supposedly being a shot for shot remake.

I still question as to why a shot for shot remake is actually necessary since it virtually is the same film as the original just with different actors.

The fact that this film was in color instead of black and white also detracts from the thrills and suspense of the original and in some ways evens makes the story less interesting.

Despite having an amazing cast, most of them give lackluster performances with William H. Macy standing out among them as the best tho (as usual for him).

The original is much better and if you one really wants to see how this film was intended, watch the Hitchcock version insteda of this one.

Van Sant just isn’t Hitchcock even when using the same shots apparently.

Bottom Line – Not really sure why this needed to be remade. Hitchcock’s version is more thrilling and more interesting despite this being a shot for shot remake. The cast is ok and only Macy really stands out.  Liked it better in black and white and the colorization actually takes away from the impact of such a film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although this remake was critically panned, it did get a blessing from Alfred Hitchcock’s daughter, Patricia Hitchcock O’Connell. She even claimed that remaking a film shot-for-shot is something her father would have done. She seemed to forget that Hitchcock did indeed remake one of his own films, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) as The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), but it was not shot-for-shot.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all, stick to the original.  Van Sant is no Hitchcock despite trying to mimic his technique.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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3 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Psycho (1998)

  1. You nailed it here. There is absolutely NO reason for this to have been remade. I am anti-remake as a rule anyway (unless something can be updated using new technology to improve on the original somewhat or enhance it in some way. For example, I have no problems with the various KING KONG remakes – some far better than others. The original is a classic with the stop motion technique to animate Kong – and will never be bettered for what it is – but some of the others had their moments, including Kong: Skull Island which I rather liked). If you can’t improve on an original (and there aren’t many CLASSIC originals that CAN be improved upon) and the best you can hope for is a tie – than why bother? This shot for shot nonsense was a waste of time and money. Hitchcock’s original was a one of a kind gem. It should have been left alone. Period.


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