Really bad idea for a movie, this new "Psycho" is a shot-for-shot remake of the original.
It may have been an outrageous assault on every horror fans' artistic sensibilities, but it was a good marketing ploy. And in the decade that followed, remakes like it would spring up on an annual basis, although most of them would be complete "reimaginings" of the movies they redid: "Dawn of the Dead," "Halloween," "Hills Have Eyes," and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
The "Psycho" remake cashed in on the post-"Scream" horror craze of the 1990s. "Psycho" had even been referenced in "Scream." Director Sant hired hip actors Vaughn and Heche to star, making a new "Psycho" for mainstream kids. Even though it's a shot-for-shot copy and uses Bernard Herrmann's score, somehow the magic didn't translate. Vaughn is a weak Norman Bates and Heche comes across as sleazy, not tragic, the way Janet Leigh originally portrayed the character. Soon-to-be megastar Julianne Moore is the Vera Miles character in this one, and isn't particularly interesting in the role either, playing it as more of a lesbian.