This time the print didn't wait for the movie itself to begin before it betrayed flaws; smaller but similar scratches were visible in this print of Psycho from the trailers on.
I stayed through the start of the film itself just to make sure that the scratches weren't miraculously isolated to the trailers. As such, I headed out and talked to the manager again.
I won't argue whether or not this is in keeping with the spirit of the character (though I don't think it is), but I think it's a distasteful and pointless scene nonetheless.
"Pointless" - there's a phrase that seems to come up a lot in discussions of the remake of Psycho.
Simply remaking Psycho would be bad enough - new versions of classics don't go over very well - but he took this problem to an extreme in his avowed intention to literally recreate the original film.
The woman was born to play comedy; her perfect role would be as someone's wacky sidekick in a sitcom.
As for Van Sant's Psycho, it's not a terrible movie, but it does still seem terribly pointless, Gus's altruistic motives to the contrary.
Van Sant also states that he did this remake as something of a science experiment; he says that he wanted to see if by copying the camera shots and the script, would it still be Psycho?
Some "outdated" phrases are altered or removed, and a little additional gore and nudity are added.
We also get to see the lovely sight of Vince Vaughn's Norman Bates whacking off as he spies on Marion Crane (Anne Heche).