Well well, Rod Hilton does it again! I was checking his site, The Editing Room: Abridged Scripts for Movies and what do I come across but a very funny abridged script for the arguably uncalled-for, ill-advised shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho directed by Gus Van Sant in 1998, in keeping with the Psycho theme of today’s previous post!
I really can’t bitch and moan too much about the movie, since I rented it when it came out on DVD. No, VHS, it was released on DVD a little less than a year before we got our first DVD player. I guess I have the half-hearted excuse that I’d thought Vince Vaughn was sexy as hell as a charming, sociopathic killer in Clay Pigeons (an opinion which I still stand by– if only he hadn’t run his good looks into the ground five years later from partying and not taking care of his health*) and I thought he might bring that vibe to the Psycho remake, but it turned out to NOT be worth seeing the remake for. If you really liked it, then good for you, I’ve got no quarrel and am happy some movie-goers got enjoyment out of it. Occasionally, I may put down some movies when I write about them here (though I try to keep things at least 90% positive) but I try to make it a policy never to put down the fans of whatever movie I’ve been talking shit about. Yes, I realize I am so Caucasian that I almost glow in the dark and that I’m well over 30 years old , but I’m still using the motto don’t hate the player, hate the game …and I try to keep Horror Boom relatively hate-free. God knows at least half the internet–especially when discussing the entertainment industry– drips disdain, dislike (at best), and negativity.** I don’t want that elitist bullshit here, and I get the feeling you agree!
OK, anyway, back to the Psycho remake. My experience was that there was nothing in the movie that stayed in my mind for longer than thirty minutes after the credits rolled the movie In fact, I found reading this hilarious script about ten times more entertaining than the actual remake. Hope you find it amusing too!
While we’re on the word “psycho,” by the way, I’m losing my damn mind knowing the American Horror Story: Asylum premiere is less than 48 hours away! OK, deeeeeeeeep breaths… no need for an adrenaline surge when I’m trying to wind down and fall asleep. If this waiting-for-Christmas-morning-in-elementary-school feeling doesn’t subside, I’ll end up having to go pour myself a glass of wine or something to get rid of the fight-or-flight response my brain sends out when I’m excited about an upcoming event. Now here’s that script!
*I’ll still stand by that, too. He’s still funny (though the last time I really laughed hard at a performance was in Old School ) but due to some (legal) vices over the years, it’s actually depressing. If I did one of those ‘scared straight’ photo progressions for him over the years (like I’ve seen as scare tactics for meth and heroin where they show a series of ten mug shots over the space of ten years or less where the woman starts out looking fine–if not completely wholesome, anyway– then by the last mug shot look so frightening that they might make small children cry) it’d be clear how far downhill his good looks went since the late 90s to now. I’m in no way implying VV uses meth or coke or any kind of drug at all, by the way, when I use that analogy.
**and that’s not even counting trolls going out of their way to ruin someone’s day or evening, sadly.
- The Possession: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room (horrorboom.com)
- Psycho (1998) Macabre month of horror #10 (greencarbon2112.wordpress.com)
- AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake (1998) (paxholley.net)
- Guest Blog: KBatz – Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (horroraddicts.wordpress.com)
- Norman Bates is So Money (moviepurgatory.wordpress.com)