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Gus Van Sant's Psycho Just Turned 15 -- and is More Fascinating than you Remember

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But this isn’t a modern horror remake. The conception and value of Van Sant’s movie is as an art project. If you’re looking to be scared by Psycho, or if you want to just sit back and be swept up in it, you’re probably out of luck. It’s more of a “What if?” than a traditional movie. “What if somebody tried to restage an old movie the way you would a play?” Actually, somebody did that. It was really weird. And what’s wrong with that?

I’m glad that Van Sant’s Psycho isn’t a horror favorite of kids who grew up in the ‘90s. It shouldn’t be. But I’m also glad it exists for me to pull out and marvel at every once in a while. Experiments don’t always have to work to be worth doing.

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