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Watch: Steven Soderbergh's 'Psychos,' His Feature Length Mashup Of The 1960 And 1998 Versions Of 'Psycho'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 25, 2014 12:43 PM
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"The real trick—as was the case in 'Psycho'—is: can you keep the plot a secret and convince people to go without really telling them why they should go?" director Steven Soderbergh asked during an MSN interview about his final theatrical film "Side Effects." "The best case scenario is people coming in cold. Then you have the most fun." But merely tipping his hat to Alfred Hitchcock wasn't enough for the filmmaker, who has gone a bit further in deconstructing the iconic thriller.

Today, the director has posted "Psychos," which as you might gather from the title, is a feature-length mashup of Hitchcock's original 1960 movie and Gus Van Sant's controversial shot-for-shot 1998 remake. His approach is interesting, utilizing monochrome for the entire movie cutting between shots from Hitchcock's and Van Sant's films. But for the shower sequence, he goes to color, primarily using Van Sant's cut though overlaying imagery from Hitchcock's take as well. (And it should be noted that Soderbergh did something similar in "Kafka," with a key sequence in color in an otherwise black-and-white film).

Naturally, it's a fascinating watch so block off some time and jump over to Extension 765 to check the mashup that Soderbergh says cryptically comes from a place of “total affection, openness, and honey bought directly from a beekeeper.”

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4 Comments

  • Chris | February 26, 2014 5:50 AMReply

    Still nobody can touch the masterpiece that is 24 Hour Psycho.

  • Matthew Morettini | February 25, 2014 1:10 PMReply

    I did something like this with the shower scene back in '06. It's on YouTube. Search for it under "Psycho Re-Imagined." (For some reason, this site won't let me post the address; it thinks I'm a spammer.)

    Over 385K+ hits without ever receiving a link to it (as far as I know).


    I met Soderbergh once on the subway in NYC, a few weeks before Ocean's 12 opened. A complete gentlemen. We talked for about ten minutes. I went 4 extra stops just to keep up the conversation.

    Here's hoping he comes out of retirement and starts making features again.

  • hank | February 25, 2014 7:32 PM

    I think we can all agree he hasn't and will not "retire" ... I really wish certain bloggers would stop using the word. What's the difference between a feature and a 12 hour series these days? It's still filmmaking.

  • James | February 25, 2014 2:17 PM

    He has actually already shot a miniseries for Cinemax. He only retired from features, because the geography of the market had changed so much. I think we have many years of exciting work from him in TV and other arenas to look forward to.

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