December 21, 1998 12:00 PM

Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche

This is a party trick of a movie, but it fails to bring anything new or special to the party. It’s a near shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s elegantly sicko classic Psycho (1960), using the same script. What’s new is the cast and the use of color, which means that the white bra worn so memorably by Janet Leigh in the original’s first scene is now, on Heche here, a tacky orange hue.

“Why?” would seem to be the pertinent question, and not just about the colored underwear. Director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) hasn’t reinterpreted the characters or their actions (except to have Vaughn, in the Anthony Perkins role, masturbate in a key scene), making this Psycho little more than an uninspired exercise in appropriation. (R)

Bottom Line: It’s shower curtains for this pointless stunt

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