A film that feels better than it is. Housewife's connection of old and new age cults is interesting but some questionable casting decisions, some plotting issues, and some de rigeur horror images leaves the film feels no like off-brand Clive Barker. It's final shots are wonderful though.
Gus Van Sant is certainly capable of making some unsuccessful films, but he is too talented and intelligent a director to have simply believed that a (mostly) shot-for-shot remake of Psycho would have been an unproblematic exercise. Criticizing Van Sant for doing so seems like the same type of laziness that the film's detractors assume of Van Sant. The remake deserves a significant reappraisal that considers the relationship between the two films rather than a zero-sum competition that prizes the…