10 Terrible Movies By Great Directors

8. Psycho - Gus Van Sant

The Counsellor
Universal Pictures

Almost 40 years after the release of Alfred Hitchcock's classic mystery/thriller Psycho, Gus Van Sant remade the film shot-for-shot. It should have been obvious to him that doing so would result in failure. Remaking universally acclaimed movies is rarely a good idea since there are very few things to improve upon and a lot to potentially get wrong.

Van Sant made no significant changes or additions to Hitchcock's iconic work, apart from it being shot in color. Despite the life-like imagery, it somehow feels more lifeless than its predecessor. There is a distinct lack of suspense because everyone already knows what will happen, and the tension is not nearly as well executed as the original.

Van Sant's incredible work on Good Will Hunting, Milk, and a number of music videos for artists like David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Elton John make it seem like Psycho came from a completely different person. Despite it being a massive failure, Van Sant's Psycho will likely never be forgotten.


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