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Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Gus Van Sant's Remake of 'Psycho'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood February 10, 2014 at 11:23AM

Let's Not Do It Again! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with director Ti West introducing Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."
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Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn in 'Psycho'
Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn in 'Psycho'

Let's Not Do It Again! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with director Ti West introducing Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."

The only way to watch Van Sant’s remake of Psycho with a fresh eye is to never have seen Hitchcock’s irreplaceable original. That’s because Van Sant’s film is virtually an identical cousin of that 1960 classic using many of the same camera set-ups, albeit this time in color. Whether seen as a provocative post-modern deconstruction or an egregious waste of 60 million dollars, Van Sant’s film is oddly suspense-free, even with Joseph Stefano’s darkly comic screenplay and Bernard Herrmann’s slashing violins still along for the ride. Now apparently having become a Heaven’s Gate-like candidate for rehabilitation, this was given another recent reappraisal courtesy of the Village Voice.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.