MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 583 this week

Psycho (1998)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  4 December 1998 (USA)
4.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.6/10 from 35,793 users   Metascore: 47/100
Reviews: 584 user | 121 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

A young female embezzeler arrives at the Bates Motel which has terrible secrets of its own.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 29 Oct 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 25 Mar 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 02 Dec 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Psycho" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Psycho (1998)

Psycho (1998) on IMDb 4.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Psycho.

User Polls

3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Psycho III (1986)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Norman Bates is back again running his "quiet" little motel a month after the events in Psycho II. Norman meets three new people, one being a beautiful young nun with whom his budding ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Perkins
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey
Psycho II (1983)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude... but the specters of his crimes -- and his mother -- continue to haunt him.

Director: Richard Franklin
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly
Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV Movie 1990)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Norman Bates returns for this "prequel", once more having mommy trouble. This time around he is invited to share memories of mom with a radio talk show host, but the PYSCHO fears that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Anthony Perkins, CCH Pounder, Henry Thomas
Psycho (1960)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Paranoid Park (2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A teenage skateboarder's life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Gabe Nevins, Daniel Liu, Taylor Momsen
The Psycho Legacy (Video 2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The cast and crew of all four Psycho films recall their time working on the influential horror series as today's masters of horror reminisce on what the movies stirred in them.

Director: Robert V. Galluzzo
Stars: Jason Allentoff, Sharen Camille, Clint Carney
Elephant (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen
Last Days (2005)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A Seattle-set rock & roll drama about a musician whose life and career is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain's.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Michael Pitt, Lukas Haas, Asia Argento
Gerry (2002)
Adventure | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A friendship between two young men is tested when they go for a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Casey Affleck, Matt Damon
Psycho I (2013)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

23-year-old Meera meets a guy in a bus on her way to work. A casual fun chat with him soon triggers off a series of unpleasant events and Meera realizes that she has become an obsession for... See full summary »

Director: Kishore Bhargav
Stars: Kiren Jogi, Vijay Kashyap, Priyanka Kothari
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Anne Haney ...
Mrs. Chambers
...
...
Mr. Lowery
...
...
Patrolman
...
Car Dealer (as James LeGros)
Steven Clark Pachosa ...
Police Guard
O.B. Babbs ...
Mechanic
Edit

Storyline

Marion Crane steals a lot of cash from a man whom her boss is in business with. On the way to see her boyfriend, she stops off by an old motel, run by the odd Norman Bates. She is murdered in the shower. Her sister, boyfriend, and a private investigator try to find out where she is, while we learn more about Norman Bates. Written by Jordan Sharp <rainman88@earthlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Classic Story of a Boy and His Mother See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Psicosis  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,031,850 (USA) (4 December 1998)

Gross:

£1,447,991 (UK) (22 January 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The age relations of the actors are inverted in this film. In the original "Psycho," Marion was older than her lover Sam, and Lila was her younger sister. In the remake, Marion is younger than Sam and Lila is her older sister. See more »

Goofs

Arbogast's line stating he will return in an hour or less was shortened, removing the "or less" piece, yet Lila still quotes him as saying "an hour or less" after the phone call. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samuel 'Sam' Loomis: You never did eat your lunch, did you?
Marion Crane: I better get back to the office. These extended lunch hours give my boss excess acid.
Samuel 'Sam' Loomis: Why don't you call your boss and tell him you're taking the rest of the afternoon off? Its Friday, anyway - and hot.
Marion Crane: What do I do with my free afternoon? Walk you to the airport?
See more »

Crazy Credits

If you look closely at the swamp after the end credits, the water turns red, obviously to blood. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Hour: Episode #7.37 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

What We Do Is Secret
Written by Darby Crash, Pat Smear
Performed by The Germs
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Quite Possibly the Worst Film Ever
11 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I know that the original Psycho was a classic and remaking it was a mistake, ESPECIALLY a shot-by-shot remake. I think that that has been more or less proven by the rest of the comments here. But there's far more wrong with this movie than just that.

The first problem is the color. The original film was shot in black and white but, what few people realize is, the original was shot AFTER color film had been invented. The choice of black and white film was partially a budget concern, but it was also a stylistic choice of Hitchcock's. Now, this is not to say that the remake should have been redone in black and white, but the colors of this movie are all too wrong. The most predominant colors in the film are orange and green, particularly on Marion who is not supposed to be a flashy character. The bright colors make it look like a happy movie and, when horrific events take place in these color schemes, it looks like a cartoon more than anything and the audience is inclined to laugh rather than scream.

The second problem is the lighting. This is a dark dark tale which should be highlighted by dim lighting, but this remake seemed not only to fail in this but seemed to go in the OPPOSITE direction. Most of the scenes are very brightly lit, even at times when it is illogical to do so because it's at NIGHT!

Another obvious problem is Vince Vaughn's performance. Yes, he does pull off Norman Bate's awkwardness and madness quite well, I don't deny him that. But there is one element to the character that he failed to show: the softness. There should be a certain deceptive friendliness to the character, at least at first, which then fades away once we realize the truth about him. Beyond being a character trait of Norman Bates, this is a recognized character trait of ALL PSYCHOPATHS!!!!

There are a few good aspects of this film. Some of the performances are great. As I said, Vince Vaughn came very close to pulling off a decent portrayal of Norman Bates. Viggo Mortensen and Juliane Moore were great together and their chemistry was very different from the characters in the original, which was a welcome change. Anne Heche may have been atrocious but, unlike Janet Leigh who was untruthfully advertised as one of the biggest stars of the film, Anne Heche was given last billing in the opening credits.

I read on the cover of a copy of the Psycho novel that Gus Van Sant claimed this was not a remake of the Hitchcock film but rather a new adaptation of the original novel. I now wish that I had bought that book and saved the comment because, after seeing this film, that comment is quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen. There was no attempt in this film to disguise the fact that it was a rip off of the original, and it would be far more believable if Van Sant had tried to tell us that he was really a three ton ape from the planet Zafroomulax. So many shots were copied exactly without any actual thought as to why Hitchcock had composed the original shot in that way. Such as the scene in which Sam and Lila are talking while their faces are entirely covered in shadow. Hitchcock covered these actors' faces in shadow because he thought they were bad actors and wanted to hide their faces so nobody could see their awful performances, not because of any artistic or stylistic purpose.

In other words, my review is about as pointless as the movie itself in that it replicates something that's already been said. Like everyone else here, I reccommend you don't waste your time on this film and get the original.


71 of 118 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Ultimate Mutliation of a Classic Masterpiece TerpStudent
am i the only one who loved it? pig_boss2005
Who should have played Norman Bates celticank
what the heck year is this supposed to be? chevstriss
Nude Woman + Cow filokvetch50
Why a lot of negative posts? krysc1989
Discuss Psycho (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?