7. Psycho (1998)
This movie gets a lot of flack for being the distortion of a classic by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, but I view it more like a good cover version of a classic rock song. Gus Van Zandt set out to honor Alfred Hitchcock by giving his masterpiece a shot by shot remake while setting it in what was then modern day. In addition, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, and of course Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates, all give very good renditions as their respective characters. Along with this, the movie being in color and and made at a time when the censors were far more lenient than in Hitchcock’s day, it contains elements not found in the original. Sam’s semi nude talk with Marion comes to mind as does Tom Cassidy’s line about Marion’s bed being the, “only playground to beat Las Vegas.” Finally, and perhaps most importantly, with all these little added nuances, I find the film to be genuinely scary and Arbogast’s murder particularly unsettling. Thus, even if you’re a real purist who only wants to see the “real” Psycho when you want a movie for Halloween you should give this another shot, it’s better than most remakes.