"...Like wow, daddio: This comic send-up of surf and slasher movies is a real solid sender. Using Gidget movies as its comic template, Psycho Beach Party camps up the details with knowing abandon..."
"...American Psycho, which opens nationwide this week, is a movie that comes with a lot of baggage attached. Comparisons, preconceptions, premonitions, and heated discussions are sure to dog this highly charged movie..."
"...It's even fitting, thematically, that Van Sant should want to shadow a director like Alfred Hitchcock, for whom doubling, doppelgangers, and mistaken identities were dominant narrative constructs. Van Sant used the carte blanche he earned from the success of the bland and prosaic Good Will Hunting to return to his artier and more experimental roots with this highly publicized and modestly budgeted “re-creation” (Van Sant's word) of Hitchcock's 1960 movie sensation Psycho..."
"...Starring: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Chloë Sevigny, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas and Guinevere Turner. Don't believe the hype: American Psycho is no more “the most disgusting film of the year” (as dodgy Brit tabloid News of the World tagged it) than it is the wittiest..."
"...From the Sixties through the Eighties, most famously with his play The Mystery of Irma Vep, Ludlam popularized the theatrical form that drew on old movies, pop culture, cross-dressing, and the kinky thrill inherent in the practice of (gasp!) forbidden homosexuality. Busch came along in 1984, mining the same vein with his Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which became one of the longest-running plays in off-Broadway history, and the similarly popular Psycho Beach Party, a pastiche of beach movies, psychological thrillers, cross-dressing, and (gasp!) forbidden homosexuality..."
"...Thirty-nine years ago, screenwriter Joseph Stefano was tapped by Alfred Hitchcock to adapt Robert Bloch's psychological horror novel Psycho for the big screen. That film forever altered the rules of filmmaking and has since become arguably the most famous, and certainly the most influential, thriller ever made..."
"...Alfred Hitchcock, the undisputed master of movie suspense, is given fairly fanciful treatment in this movie, which is theoretically based on Stephen Rebello’s book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho’. Yet, as written by John J..."
"...His grim outlook only intensifies when he receives a call from his ex saying that their teenage daughter Kanako (Komatsu, a lovely cipher) has gone missing. Once a psycho cop, always a psycho cop, and so it goes with Fujishima, who rifles Kanako’s drawers – ahem – and finds a hidden cache of needles and pills..."
"...Starring: Christopher Lambert, Diane Lane, Tom Skerritt, Daniel Baldwin and Katharine Isobel. Chess is the operative metaphor in this new psychological thriller, though the movie could have stood a few pointers in strategy and good gamesmanship..."
"...Imagine, if you will, witnessing Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho upon its initial release back in the fall of 1960, before the rest of the world had seen a film that dramatically transformed the trajectory of American cinema. For the first third of the movie, you’re engrossed in Marion Crane’s intriguing but nonthreatening narrative, the story of a good woman who’s made some bad choices, a sympathetic person who ultimately decides to make it right..."
"...Norman Bates was a good kid. Just look at the old publicity shots of Anthony Perkins in Psycho: Meek, mild, horrified by some unseen terror just out of frame..."
"...This isn't supposed to be a real world, it's a conceptual backdrop, a perfect Hollywood pitch -- “The peaceful world of the future, totally passive, we drop in Snipes as the criminal and Stallone as the police and they blow everything up. What a great film idea.” When psycho criminal Simon Phoenix (Snipes) is accidentally released from cryogenic suspended animation, he's the only violent force in this too-passive world..."
"...“Deranged” marks a turning point: Our heroine becomes the villain. It made me wonder, in light of #MeToo: When women tell their stories, aren’t we supposed to believe them? Well yes, we should, unless we can categorize them as “crazy” or “psycho” and then their tragic fates become acceptable (a concept that echoes the Victorian-era “madwoman in the attic”)..."
"...The power Martin possesses over Steven is where the movie breaks with reality and verges into the mythic. Later, once all the pieces fall into place, Sacred Deer becomes a taut family psycho-thriller along the lines of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games..."
"...The setup itself suggests what it means to be a survivor – to persist in reliving a trauma over and over – to keep getting up each day even when you know there’s danger, even when you know some people won’t believe you if you tell them what you’ve been through. Although there’s humor and a few “aww” moments, not to mention plenty of by-the-book psycho slasher action (though nothing too bloody or gory – the killing scenes quickly cut to morning), the quieter moments here and there take stabs at body-shaming and rape culture..."
"...I don’t know about you, but when I settle in for a nice big slice of the latest Fatal Attraction knockoff, it had better take things above and beyond the hundreds of Lifetime movies that have come before it. This latest iteration in the “psycho third wheel” genre offers up absolutely no surprises, and is probably one the most dull and predictable films in this wasteland filmgoers call September..."
"...Roth wisely draws out the drama, and both Izzo and de Armas strike the right chord between sexy and psycho. Reeves, on the other hand, doesn't quite fare so well..."
"...A bit of a spoiler warning here, though few of you will probably ever watch this work: Insult is added to injury in the film’s bizarrely peaceful coda that wraps up no loose ends and sinks it even further into mediocrity. Imagine if at the end of Psycho, Norman Bates' mom turned out to be a sweet old lady innocently rocking in her chair...."
"...Co-scripted by Ferrell and Adam McKay once again, the psycho-pompous Burgundy and his San Diego news team – disco-licious Brian Fantana (Rudd), racist sportscaster Champ Kind (Koechner), and just plain nuts weatherman Brick Tamland (Carell) – regroup to take their particularly egocentric brand of reportage to New York City. It's there that a billionaire Aussie (Lawson) is about to launch Global News Network, the world's first 24-hour news channel..."
"...Henry sees his future going up in smoke, so he and Travis concoct an addled plan to get the entire school stoned on marijuana brownies, thereby invalidating the tests. Their high jinks involve a drug dealer named Psycho Ed – played by Brody, in a twitchy, heavily tattooed, and entirely tedious performance that should be buried before they revoke his Oscar..."
"...Insert shrieking violins here: Austin photographer Annie Ray is setting up her signature photo booth at the Paramount Saturday night to coincide with the screening of Psycho...."
"...On that aforementioned Thanksgiving trip, Sara also discovers another girl who seems to have been the object of Rebecca’s unwanted affections. Until The Roommate, it had seemed as if the movies had advanced to the point where it is no longer customary to depict psycho killers as frustrated homosexuals..."
"...The rustic and, indeed, rusty town he's reassigned to watch over seems at first as though it were populated by eccentrics who’ve wandered in from the sets of Northern Exposure and Blue Velvet. However, Texans of the local persuasion, certainly, will smell the simple red reek of two-bit trouble massing against Marshal Hansen from the moment Ingerlise (Christensen), the beaten-down blonde wife of town psycho Jørgen (Bodnia), sashays into his new office with hungry eyes and multiple bruises..."
"...This is the blast radius of PTSD, the ordnance of nightmares, the Ouroboros of aggression and concomitant guilt. Waltz With Bashir is a dreamy, animated psycho-documentary about the attempt of director Folman (Saint Clara) to recall, exactly, what role – if any – he played in the massacre of Palestinian civilians (most of whom were women and children) at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut in 1982..."
"...That film mined the innate subterranean suspense of the Budapest metro for every single kilo of mystery it could get its paws on. Vacancy, which mixes bits of Psycho with Sliver (Stone! Baldwin! Berenger! Remember?) and still manages to come up wanting, works best when it slows down to catch its breath – which it doesn't do nearly enough..."
"...His 1987 book serves as the basis for De Palma's film, and after a corker of a re-creation of the L.A. Zoot Suit riots, the movie goes into a psycho-noir tailspin and never recovers..."
"...Soles. Any film that reunites Rock 'n’ Roll High School alumnus Riff Randall (Soles) and Principal Togar (Woronov) is aces and eights in my book, but Rob Zombie’s follow-up to his disappointing debut, House of 1,000 Corpses, does more than just exhume a morgue full of genre favorites – it’s also the year’s most viciously entertaining psycho-road-movie-revenge-'n’-wreckage-romance..."
"...Starring: Cécile De France, Maïwenn Le Besco, Phillipe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun, Andrei Finti and Oana Pellea. The Last House on the Left meets Psycho in this stylistically thrilling but ultimately tedious French import, dubbed and recut for an Americanized R-rating..."
"...Taking place five years after the events in the previous film, we begin with the escaped killer Riddick as he flees across an ice-bound planetoid dodging a group of mercenaries eager to collect the bounty on his head. In short order, the extremely reluctant hero is forced to cast his lot against a monstrous legion of psycho-religious world-conquerors, nicely deemed the Necromongers, who are led by their Lord Marshal (Feore) and who, like those pesky Borg before them, are hellbent on assimilating every society with which they come into contact..."
"...The mighty have fallen all over the place in Cox’s film, but it’s his period re-creation of the slapdash, rotten magic of West Hollywood in the early years of the Reagan administration that holds the film together. That’s not helped by his penchant for psycho-editing, replete with stuttering film, washed-out or oversaturated stock, and a soundtrack that feels like Scorsese’s GoodFellas after its been up all night partying at 10050 Cielo Dr..."
"...Monkeybone's premise -- an artist thrust into the midst of his own art -- isn't the most original gig around, but Kaja Blackley's graphic novel Dark Town, the basis of this film, handled it well. This film version does less so, ratcheting down Blackley's Freudian tale of a puppeteer lost amongst his creations to the level of a colorful, manic, kids' film, albeit one with a surfeit of psycho-sexual overtones and the titular farting simian..."
"...The first-timer's film is a noir-styled murder mystery about a private eye who is enlisted to solve the murder of Sausage King millionaire Eddie Pflutzensteiner. The man's golddigging young widow is the prime suspect but there's also suspicion about his psycho daughter, Sybil..."
"...New prints were struck for this anniversary re-release and the sound was digitally remixed and remastered. This is the one which features David Byrne in the big white suit and such keepers as "Psycho Killer," "Burnin' Down the House," and "Take Me to the River" – to name but a meager few...."
"...Perhaps it's coincidence, but nevertheless, the role offers fewer chuckles than it does Freudian heebie-jeebies. Slight in almost every way, Lost & Found is an inoffensive, eminently forgettable bit of fluff, yet more proof of my theory that Spade should quit his comedy gig and tackle the title role in Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, already...."
"...The majority of screen time is devoted to Only in America's film within a film: Just Say No to Satan. Set in the Plano suburbs, this plotline is rife with fatuous society matrons, vigilant anti-drug enforcers, dope-smoking teens, Robert Tilton-esque televangelists, a reputed psycho/hit man named John Wayne, and a Murdering Cheerleader Mom-ish intrigue about a woman who plans to kill the daughter of her next-door neighbor because it will increase her own property value (it almost, sort of, makes sense within the context of the movie)..."
"...Today, with Blockbuster Video and Tower Records franchises on every other block, first-time director Sutherland is able to work the genre far more efficiently by poring over Quentin Tarantino videos in alternation with Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen albums. Sutherland's debut feature, though not a wretched failure, is so clearly an exercise in artistic filter-feeding that you may find yourself more amused by spotting elements copped from earlier movies (“Hey! That's the interrogation scene from True Romance with Martin Sheen in the Christopher Walken psycho gangster role!”) than losing yourself in the story at hand..."
"...Starring: Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, David Arquette, Rose McGowan, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard and Courteney Cox. A triumphant return to form for Wes Craven, Scream is the kind of psychological slasher film for which horror fans have been waiting years..."
"...But soon, unsurprisingly, all manner of snafus begin to crop up, not the least of which is the rising level of antipathy between Jimmy and Quinn. Jamie Denton has a nice bit as a psycho cop who's more interested in making time with the panicky Jessica than in protecting and serving, but the film eventually bogs down in a mire of predictable crime film clichés..."
"...As the titular ten-year-old terror, Martin Short is wired, warping in from somewhere between Seventies Vegas and Fifties Hollywood to put his kitschy comic spin on the creature called “the problem child.” And who better to play an obnoxious brat than the creator of giddy, mildly unsettling man-child Ed Grimley? Short's much more engaging -- and disturbing -- than most child actors playing wicked kids. In fact, in a Bad Seed by Bad Seed comparison, Short blasts li'l Mac Culkin out of the psycho ward..."
"...Well, sort of. In the latest chapter of his “Hey! There's a Psycho in the Family” series, director Ruben (The Stepfather, Sleeping With the Enemy) turns from male adult to male child as a source for mayhem..."
"...Starring: Timothy Hutton, Lara Flynn Boyle, Faye Dunaway, Dwight Schultz, Oliver Platt and Steven Weber. Alternate titles abound for this latest entry in the female psycho genre: The Hand That Types the Letters, Single White Secretary, Fatal Dictation..."
"...A surprisingly serviceable take on the western Shane, this one has escaped con Van Damme hooking up with innocent mother of two (Arquette) just as the evil developer tries to drive her from her farm. It's a not very imaginative riff on the classic -- mysterious stranger comes to the aid of poor farmers whose land an evil magnate wants for his empire -- even down to the fact that the most interesting performances are turned in by the actors playing the hired-killer psycho (Jack Palance and Ted Levine, respectively)..."
"...De Palma's detractors will absolutely relish Raising Cain, a film that proves every negative thing they've ever said about him is true. In this ill-conceived hybrid of Sybil and Psycho, De Palma once again blatantly borrows from other movies without shame and rubs your nose in every camera trick imaginable, but he also does something of which he's seldom been guilty: he ignores the fundamental principles of suspense..."
"...Joey Turks (Zane) is a none-too-bright Hollywood sneak thief with nicer hair than mine, sort of a 90210-guy gone awry. Stabbed in the process of burglarizing a crony's homestead, Joey flees into a nearby cemetery where he (literally) stumbles upon Mona (Beals), a semi-psycho punk rock cabaret singer currently in the process of committing suicide..."
"...Harris, Max Perlich and Vic Tayback. A psycho-thriller with a creepy enough cast and featured music by the Pixies...."
"...Unfortunately, though, they've also managed to delete almost all of the necessary background stories that kept the original story moving along at its frenetic (if sometimes unbelievable) pace. Where did these psycho holy rollers come from, and how come it's so easy for them to pinpoint the mother and child's location at any given moment? I don't know, and neither does anyone else, I suspect..."
"...8/20 7:30Psycho 9:45Psycho..."
"...Mob Psycho 100..."
"...But when the Master of Suspense gave him the role of the deranged motel owner Norman Bates and told him, "You are the film," Perkins had no idea how to take it. He hadn't read the script for Psycho, and Hitchcock had bought up most copies of the novel it was based on in order to prevent the surprise ending from getting out...."