Cinema: His Own Private Psycho

Same script, different shower--Will Gus Van Sant's take on Hitchcock still be cutting edge?

Who gave Gus Van Sant the bloody right to remake Psycho? That's the question outraged cinephiles have been asking since the risk-loving director of Good Will Hunting said he would "re-create" Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic, using the original script updated with color camera work and hip young actors. But according to Van Sant, the master of suspense himself--or at least his spirit--seems to favor the project. "We had some ghostly messages before we started," Van Sant says, describing an impromptu seance with Hitchcock at a Los Angeles restaurant. "We just happened to be with a medium who channeled him at the...

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