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Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock United States, 1960

It’s always a horrific pleasure to revisit Hitchcock’s seminal thriller Psycho, but this week we provide a truly novel reason: To watch the original masterpiece alongside Gus Vant Sant’s pseudo shot-for-shot 1998 remake. Despite his overpowering influence, is the Master of Suspense inimitable?

Psycho

Gus Van Sant United States, 1998

It is obvious: Some films simply cannot be remade, let alone a classic as distinctive as Hitchcock’s Psycho. So let’s dismiss whether Gus Van Sant’s remake—shot by Christopher Doyle in color!—is good or bad and instead revel in its strangeness: A brazenly experimental film made in the mainstream.

Suspiria

Dario Argento Italy, 1977

A psychedelic horror classic, a gothic nightmare told in exceptionally vivid colour, and a rich exercise in heightened style. Dario Argento’s film terrified Luca Guadagnino so much that he had to respond with his own version. In Luca’s words: “Suspiria’s influence on my psyche has yet to stop”.

Suspiria

Luca Guadagnino Italy, 2018

Luca Guadagnino’s (Call Me By Your Name) much anticipated, electrifying horror film stars Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson in a new take on the 1977 original cult classic, with a mesmeric score by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke! Prepare for your skin to crawl with gory, erotic and hallucinatory splendour.

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

Zhang Yimou China, 2009

Talk about unexpected. Famed Fifth Generation Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Red Sorghum, Hero) remaking a Coen brothers classic? Yet he makes it his own, throwing it back in the past to obscure the noir’s twisty morality in modern China, and flexing his trademark visual sumptuousness.

Blood Simple

Joel Coen United States, 1984

By now, most of you know the Coen brothers’ startling, iconic debut: A gripping Texan neo-noir that announced one of America’s greatest directing talents. But perhaps you didn’t know this new classic as remade by Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou! We’ve paired the both for an original vs. remake showdown.

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