Sept. 12, 2005, 5:59 p.m. CST
I want to move to Austin.. NOW!!
Sept. 12, 2005, 6:01 p.m. CST
am I first?!! YES!! and, is it just me or are there not enough breastesses in 90s horror.. not one in that Emily Rose flick.. WHICH I saw in an "urban" theatre.. and everyone was shouting at the screen and doing exactly what Harry hates.. made the movie kinda fun though.
Sept. 12, 2005, 6:05 p.m. CST
where ass kissing needs to stop. Just because QT likes Psycho 2 is no need for you to blaspheme in your declaration that you like it better than the original. C'mon Harry, you always have intriguing taste, but keep it just that, YOUR taste.
Sept. 12, 2005, 6:08 p.m. CST
by Quin the Eskimo
scare the crap out of me
Sept. 12, 2005, 6:20 p.m. CST
Nice one Grande Rojo.
Sept. 12, 2005, 6:23 p.m. CST
...ever since I was a kid I always preferred Psycho 2, it's by far the better film...and for all the reasons stated. The reason I don't like agreeing with you? You say things just to appear "cool" and be a trend setter. The difference here though is that I've thought it for about 20 years, where as you probably decided to say it after QT did. ;)
Sept. 12, 2005, 6:39 p.m. CST
Go home & sleep Loser.
Sept. 12, 2005, 6:43 p.m. CST
That said, I love most of QT's movies.
Sept. 12, 2005, 6:50 p.m. CST
Gimme a break. Thats not your bag, man. geek out about prequels or something. I'm not buying the whole "leave your tits out," "my penis wants to fuck Bobbie Bresee," etc... Even tho I've read that kinda weirdo shit from him for years now, I struggle to believe any of it goes through that huge head of his.
Sept. 12, 2005, 7:18 p.m. CST
Does anyone remember the 80s horror movie where some alien monster starts taking over the base,and at one point the (80s hot chick) decides to have sex with the one of the beasts tenticles only to be impailed by it?? i keep telling my buddy about it since we both like 80s cheesey movies but damn if i can remember the title???
Sept. 12, 2005, 7:38 p.m. CST
by Nate Champion
Wasn't that the title of Harry's autobiography?
Sept. 12, 2005, 7:39 p.m. CST
by zikade zarathos
Sorry, Harry, that Hitchcock couldn't "prove" himself to you. He only invented the genre. What does the guy have to do?! Preferring not only PSYCHO II (a horrible, but cheesy fun, movie), but the abysmal, drained-of-all-life, neon colored, shitty-acted Gus Van Sant remake to the original is absolutely ridiculous. PSYCHO II cut down what was a complex, interesting character into -- as you yourself described -- a fucking Universal monster. All the subtlety has been erased, and his nervous ticks ramped up to cartoonish levels for the audience who didn't pick up the first go round that he stuttered. It's IDIOTS-GUIDE-TO-PSYCHO, and I hated it the first time I saw it, but have grown to merely dismiss it as crap. Tarantino, for making such great, wild, fun films, has some of the absolute worst taste in movies I've ever seen -- Seriously, to prefer damn near any slasher movie to PSYCHO is to simply not understand film.
Sept. 12, 2005, 8 p.m. CST
by Neo Zeed
QT is reppin' that bad flick? For shame. Eli Roth lips must chapped from all that ass kissing. Hey QT I wanna another violent, funny crime movie outta ya before I die.
Sept. 12, 2005, 8:16 p.m. CST
It seems that just because QT said that he preferred Psycho 2, that you've taken 1/4 of this report to bash Hitchcock. Do you realize what the fuck you're doing? It's Hitch, goddamnit, open your eyes and see what you're writing.
Sept. 12, 2005, 9:58 p.m. CST
Any news on this thing? I is supposed to come out next year.
Sept. 12, 2005, 10:24 p.m. CST
you must be referring to R. KELLY!! and if you haven't seen the 2005 VMA LIVE performance of this song (runs about 12 min.), and you love torture you are missing out! p.s. every amityville horror movie (didnt see the remake) has sucked sucked sucked sucked sucked.
Sept. 12, 2005, 10:33 p.m. CST
This is what pisses me off. If I got the chance to go see something like this, with Tarantino of all fucking people there....I'd drink like a six pack of Sobe Fuel and fucking make it all the way through this thing, relishing ever moment. God...life is so not fucking fair. Quentin I love you.
Sept. 12, 2005, 10:40 p.m. CST
seriously, QT has gotta get a grip. not every grindhouse flick is a work of art. and laughing at them / with them isn't about feeling superior, it's about being apart of the communal experience of gratuitous exploitation. a lot of these movies are just flat out fucking funny (intentionally or not). if they are really creepy / scary / weird, theres no time for jokes.
Sept. 12, 2005, 11:24 p.m. CST
by Jervis Tetch
Er...no. No. Not close. Not in the same ballpark, not in the same zip code. No. Go through each film scene by scene, shot by shot, line by line. Compare. Consider what "Psycho" meant in 1960 to movie history vs. what "Psycho II" meant in 1983 to movie history. Compare. Where's the shower scene in "Psycho II"? (Actually, the shower scene is IN "Psycho II" and its the best murder in the movie.) Where's Bernard Herrmann's murder music in "Psycho II"? What's with the attack on the necking non-acting teenagers in the fruit cellar? (An exact duplicate of a shark attack in the similarly sold-out "Jaws 2.") And the climax? No. Nope. Not the same. Not close. P.S. Perkins tried hard, but he no longer looked young and innocent and he was already down the road to overdone self-parody in this film. No.
Sept. 12, 2005, 11:27 p.m. CST
by heywood jablomie
....is the way they sold those stupid fucking nine-day passes online. The first night of QT VI, the geeks were shoved to the side while Austin's yupoisie sashayed in, dressed like they were going to the opera or to some New Age aura cleansing. Fortunately, these people bailed after The Spy with My Face, realizing--holy shit! These are movies for a...bunch of GEEKS! But the real film lovers were herded in and out of the theatre Schindler's List style ad nauseam, so that these pseudo-L.A. posers could enjoy their $145 Brush with Tarantino. QT does this shit for the fans, and God bless him. I know the Austin people want to raise funds for their yearlong project, but please--not at the expense of the people who really care about this stuff, and, like me, flew 1000 miles to be there.
Sept. 13, 2005, 12:16 a.m. CST
by I Dunno
I know Tarantino has a coke fueled ADD taste in movies but let's not get crazy. Psycho II was a good thriller and avoided the obvious slasher film trappings that Psycho III fell into. Although the Hitchcock sillhouette in the bedroom scene was a little over the top. As for the Psycho remake, I atually thought it wasn't that bad. All the actors involved did a fairly good job. I find it interesting that the same people who jump all over this remake are creaming over the King Kong "re-imagination". I fail to see the difference.
Sept. 13, 2005, 12:26 a.m. CST
by Some Dude
...because it is a smart sequel to a great film. Without the first film, I don't think anyone would be scared of or scared for Norman. That said, it is the Empire of Psycho films (what an ending!). If only part 3 didn't suck so bad and had some good music. The Virgin Mary/suicide scene was a pretty neat subversion of the cliche shower scene, but everything else (barring the love story) was trash.
Sept. 13, 2005, 1 a.m. CST
Its better than 90% of the other stuff that gets covered. When lord, whens gonna be [AC's] time?
Sept. 13, 2005, 1:01 a.m. CST
the same way others enjoy NASCAR. I've tried to watch "bad" movies to see if I can enjoy them, but it just doesn't work for me. Back in college my dormmate said I had to watch bad movies to appreciate the good ones. Well, he was full of shit. What draws me to films is the expertise brought to the film by all the craftsmen involved. A successful film, you actually feel the filmmakers heart and soul on the screen. Badly made movies just look like some guys got together and found a way to get girls to take their clothes off in front of them. It would be nice if I could enjoy the crappy movies, 'cause I'd probably get more fun out of life. Unfortunately I'm one of those snobbish cinefile types that prefers quality over quan-titties. Although, I will admit when I was a teen I was a fan of Lifeforce, but when I see it now I realize I probably only liked it for Matilda May.
Sept. 13, 2005, 1:06 a.m. CST
tomorrow at all fine sellers of the DVD's you kids love so much. Oh, and Psycho III comes out too. Both in the "anamamorphic widescreen"
Sept. 13, 2005, 1:41 a.m. CST
I watched this on VHS when I was like 12, with my younger sister. After the movie ended we left the living room and she was walking past the bathroom. I pointed and screamed "BLOOD'S COMING OUT OF THE TOILET!!" Damn near scared her to death with that.
Sept. 13, 2005, 2:08 a.m. CST
by SLEAZY DINOSAUR
It wasn't a better movie than Psycho, but it was really good, a lot better than you expect a sequel to a classic to be. I also remember feeling really bad for Norman, he was really trying to make a go of normal life. I still think the scene where he's crying and remembering how his mother used to make him grilled cheese sandwiches was really moving. Also, that scene when he's talking to a dead phone line, and Meg Tilly is in front of him, and he says "no mother, don't make me kill her", man that creeped me out when I was a kid.
Sept. 13, 2005, 2:16 a.m. CST
by zikade zarathos
After hearing that speech, I would expect movies like Whale's BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN or Tod Browning's THE UNKNOWN, true classics that, due to the dated nature, might get inappropriate, annoying laughs. I'd buy that. But to get up there, say, "And don't anybody DARE laugh!" and then proceed to play FUNERAL HOME? MAUSOLEUM? I've seen these movies, and they're fun garbage -- hell, when the 'lazer eyes' part comes along in BEYOND EVIL, I would've been choking back fits of raucous laughter. I wouldn't have wanted to be in that theater when THAT movie played with the "RESPECT ALWAYS" rule in effect -- what about when the car explodes? That's hysterical! Oh well. Sounds like a good time, anyway...
Sept. 13, 2005, 2:39 a.m. CST
When the original GoodTimes dvd came out, lots of people complained that it wasn't in widescreen. The company responded by saying that it was actually shot for fullscreen, and just matted for theatrical release. So my question is are we actually getting 'less' picture with this widescreen dvd? Couldn't Universal release it with both 1.33:1 & 1.85:1 pictures? They're pretty efficient with double-sided dvds of late!
Sept. 13, 2005, 2:41 a.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
I think she retired to raise a family or something. I'd be happy to be proven wrong.
Sept. 13, 2005, 2:55 a.m. CST
I think I might possibly agree with saying Psycho II is my favourite of the bunch. Note that I'm not saying it's the BEST film - you can go on all you like about Hitch's substantial contribution to the horror genre, the innovative editing of the shower scene, etc, etc - but Psycho II's definitely the most fun of the bunch, and a film that stands up to repeated viewings. Psycho III is even more bonkers but has a lot of guilty pleasure moments ("Watch the guitar...") as well as being very nicely shot by Bruce Surtees; and Psycho IV, Bates Motel and the remake are all pretty awful. And yes, no more sex talk from Harry plz.
Sept. 13, 2005, 5:49 a.m. CST
by xavier masterson
You are a closeted sick deviant fuck.
Sept. 13, 2005, 8:15 a.m. CST
by Lou Stools
The night wasn't complete without them. Oh, and Tarintinoreno always looks like he just sniffed something funky...like his ass-smelling fingers.
Sept. 13, 2005, 9:23 a.m. CST
"...Having Quentin host 80s Horror Night
Sept. 13, 2005, 10:09 a.m. CST
by van dog
change Quentin for Michael Jackson and you have the gayest thing.
Sept. 13, 2005, 10:53 a.m. CST
Dunno if they make those, but if they do, they'd better make 'em in XXX!
Sept. 13, 2005, 11:21 a.m. CST
It really got on my tits the more I read of it. All that 'Quentin hates people talking in films, and it drives me insane too' nonsense. How many desperate links can someone make between themselves and someone else. It's like reading the diary of that bird from Single White Female. He hates people talking during films and so do I!!! He prefers Psycho II and, hey, me too! Just like Quentin, I also have a micro penis and a hairy back. We're like brothers seperated at birth. I mean... Christ! Do you have his photo in your wallet?
Sept. 13, 2005, 11:50 a.m. CST
Also written by Robert Bloch. Completely different than the movie, and I think completely different than what anyone was expecting (whether that's good or bad is debatable, I guess).
Sept. 13, 2005, 12:01 p.m. CST
There it is, folks. Your moment of Zen.
Sept. 13, 2005, 12:11 p.m. CST
lay off the coke and get to work! we want to give you more money if you'll let us... and you know what more money means? MORE COKE!
Sept. 13, 2005, 12:49 p.m. CST
SomeDude summed it up so well I'm just gonna copy it here "Psycho 2 is only as great a film as it is because it is a smart sequel to a great film. Without the first film, I don't think anyone would be scared of or scared for Norman. That said, it is the Empire of Psycho films (what an ending!)." Well put, and I'm in total agreement on all counts!
Sept. 13, 2005, 1:39 p.m. CST
errr...hence it being a sequel. Your point could apply to every sequel ever made, even your Empire reference. Sure, we might not have felt the same if it were not for Star Wars, but there's no denying Empire was the better film, as was Godfather part 2 e.t.c. Psycho is a classic and the innovation spawned countless imitations. No one fucks with Hitchcock, but Psycho 2 is a better film regardless of what was set up in the first. I even prefer the music in 2, and Bernard Herrman was one of my favourite composers.
Sept. 13, 2005, 1:39 p.m. CST
Sept. 13, 2005, 2:03 p.m. CST
by Jervis Tetch
Here are some lines from "Psycho": "Hotels like this aren't interested in you when you check in, but when your time is up..." "There are plenty of motels in the area. You should have, I mean just to be safe." "First time it's ever happened: the customer high-pressuring the salesman." "Mother's not herself today." "I think we're all caught in our private traps, we scratch and claw at the air, at each other, but for all of it, we never budge an inch." "We all go a little mad sometimes...haven't you?" "If it doesn't jell, it isn't aspic, and this ain't jelling." "She may have fooled me, but she didn't fool my mother." "If that woman at the house is Mrs. Bates, who's that woman buried out in Greenlawn cemetary?" "When the mind houses two personalities, there's always a battle. And in Norman's case, the dominant personality has won." "It's sad when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son." "Why, she wouldn't harm a fly." Now: gather up that many good, famous, or meaningful lines from "Psycho II."
Sept. 13, 2005, 2:34 p.m. CST
i love his movies, and he's clearly a talented cinema-collage artist / director / writer, but he also happens to be a monumental bonehead who talks out of his ass basically 24/7. that being said, wheres the goddamn KILL BILL deluxe DVD, jerko?!?! remember, cha-ching cha-cing? more moola means more cocaine!
Sept. 13, 2005, 4:02 p.m. CST
And that's all.
Sept. 13, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST
....but it IS okay to like Hitchcock, man. You can. We can see your point, but roll with it. You know you'd love his tuff if you weren't resisting how "easy" that is.
Sept. 13, 2005, 4:22 p.m. CST
2001 and 2010. Apples and oranges, but both delicious fruit. :) - eat me, TB'ers.
Sept. 13, 2005, 4:30 p.m. CST
by Jervis Tetch
"A boy's best friend is his mother." That one made the AFI list of greatest movie quotes.
Sept. 13, 2005, 5:28 p.m. CST
I rented SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT a few months ago, and its fucking great! I love every inch of the movie and shrieked with delight when i found that it was in QT fest, i hope it gets played again, so i can somehow make my way up to Austin and see it on a screen!
Sept. 13, 2005, 5:29 p.m. CST
by Jervis Tetch
...married a big time studio chief named John Calley, who was about twice her age. Still married, I think. P.S. Martin Balsam won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor a few years after he made "Psycho." He was pretty good.
Sept. 13, 2005, 6:14 p.m. CST
This is, imo, an irredeemable offence. That movie made me want to slash my wrists. Even if you had never seen the original, even if it never even existed, you would still have to look at Psycho '98 with the frozen expression of someone who has just smelled a juicy dog fart. The interesting challenge that movie poses is deciding the worst performance. Yeah, you might rush to say Vince Vaughn, but Viggo's is the stuff of junior high school plays. Van Sant's ability to get horrid performances out of good actors rivaled George Lucas (in that movie, at least. I somewhat like a couple of his other flicks).
Sept. 13, 2005, 7:56 p.m. CST
... but I can hear Harry and/or Quentin now... "Yeah, Orson Wells is good in The Third Man and all, but I much prefer Transformers the Movie!!"
Sept. 13, 2005, 8:23 p.m. CST
Did I read that right? that's some sort of typo right. He was joking about liking the remake BETTER than the original Hitchcock version? Isn't that breaking some sort of filmgeek commandment or something? Is he aloud to run in geek circles anymore now because of that? Quint! Clarify!! ERROR! ERROR! EXAMINE!
Sept. 13, 2005, 11:57 p.m. CST
I made it through your love for that turd called CABIN FEVER. I even tried to understand your feelings for Van Helsing. But bashing Psycho was more than I can take. Today my friend, you have lost me. Now go get some kleenex and CRY ME A RIVER, BITCH.
Sept. 14, 2005, 1:40 a.m. CST
Honestly, I love this website, have had a few scoops posted and have stuck up for Harry several times when people have taken the piss about his weight, etc. but this article made my blood boil. This is just the opinions of a pair of contrarians, pure and simple: "Hey, Harry/QT, the sky is blue." QT: "Well, yeah, that's what most people like to think, but I much prefer to think of it as light pink. I know it's not fashionable to say that, but that's what I think." Harry: "Like Quentin, I too think of the sky as being pink. Because I'm like Quentin. And he is like me. And I am like him. And I want him to like me. And I want people to know he likes me..."
Sept. 14, 2005, 3:07 a.m. CST
I know you weren't trying to nail the Tarrentino impression, but if you were, you should have typed this, OT: "Well, that's what most people think, allright? I much prefer to think of it as pink, okay? I know it's not fashionable to say that, allright? Thats just what I think, okay?"
Sept. 14, 2005, 5:10 a.m. CST
Okay, Batman & Robin is THE most underrated studio film in, like, the last decade, alright? Joel Schumacher is the Stanley Kubrick for the 21st century, yeah? I feel B an' R has the very best performance by Arnold Schwarzenegger of all time, okay, along with, y'know, Hercules In New York where he just, like, owned the screen from start to finish, right. I completely care about Mr Freeze in this thing and that
Sept. 14, 2005, 8:16 a.m. CST
you need to add more "fucking" and "fucks". And the occasional *snort* noises of blow vanishing up his sniffer.
Sept. 14, 2005, 9:11 a.m. CST
by Homer Sexual
I must agree emphatically that 80's horror was by far the best. And I thought my aunt and I were the only two people who loved Psycho II. As I recall, it wasn't even a modest hit, but it sure kept you guessing and had a great payoff. Cinematically, it is nowhere near the original. But the story? Great! Satisfying, twisty but not a rip-off. I have been wanting Silent Scream on DVD, but it isn't available. Friday the 13th parts I, II and IV. Halloween IV. I could go on and on, so many good flicks back then. And now? Emily Rose and The Ring. What a pathetic age we live in. I am the type of person who wants to go see a movie every Friday, yet often I don't because nothing looks even mildly appealing. Case in point, I saw Cabin Fever due to a recommendation here. That was not a good recommendation. Finally, I'm another person who hates to agree with Harry, particularly twice in one article, but May is terrific!
Sept. 14, 2005, 9:38 a.m. CST
Oh wait...that's not a direct quote. Hey Harry, hope that website is sending you free pies for the plug. It's achingly clear from all of your misogynistic comments that you could use some pie. I just don't understand how a woman's tits can turn a shitty film into a good film. I mean if that were the case, Oscar would have a BEST PORN category. But then again you thought the original "Psycho" felt flat because...why, again? Hitch used his TV crew? Wait a sec: what was Hitchcock famous for as a director?--isn't it for being a fucking CONTROL FREAK? Anything you see on that screen is due to his vision for better or for worse. In this case, FOR WORSE since the primarily-forgotten "Psycho II" is far superior to the classic original. Whatever. To each their own. I'm gonna be over here watching "The Shining". You go jerk off to "Killer Clowns From Outer Space" and tell me how that is. Then write a column about how the TV version of "The Shining" is superior to the Kubrick version.
Sept. 14, 2005, 11:53 a.m. CST
"I mean that movie is just fuckin raw, alright? I mean, the guy fingers her bloody wound, alright, and he thinks he's fingering her cunt, okay? That is just fuckin AWESOME... By the way, Revenge is my favorite Tony Scott movie, alright, I fucking LOVE Revenge, it makes Dances with Wolves look like a piss stain on my sofa, alriiiight. Its what made ME want HIM to direct True Romance, okaay?"
Sept. 14, 2005, 11:57 a.m. CST
that is all.
Sept. 14, 2005, 3:28 p.m. CST
"Okay, you know that scene in Maniac where he blows off the dude's head in the car? Alright, I used to fall asleep to that scene every night in the 80s, okay? And like Maniac Cop 2 is a fucking GREAT movie, an undiscovered masterpiece, alright? Like, there are fucking AMAZING shots in that movie, okay, and Bruce Campbell's death scene is like 100 times better than Janet Leigh's in Psycho, alright? It blew me away, I mean blew me the fuck away..! I'm gonna put together an all Maniac Cop marathon, alright, cuz it'll kick your asses out of your seats and into another theater playing some other fucking ridiculous piece of shit movie from the 80s that no one could posssibly like so much!!" Whew, sorry. Alright, thats enough of that...
Sept. 15, 2005, 9:33 p.m. CST
by Chief Redcock
Ok, Hitchcock's film rules over them all, no question. Psycho II is damn good though, and VERY different.... maybe more of a drama than a thriller or horror film, centering around Norman Bates as a human being. Tilly has a real nothing part though (I'm surprised no one has mentioned that, just her tits). Psycho III ain't bad either, directed by Perkins himself, and with a totally blasphemous opening credits sequence, an homage to Vertigo.... "There is no God!" shouted over a black screen? Tell me you don't love that! Hell, I'll even defend Psycho IV... it was written by the MAN Joseph Stefano, and there's something cool about a movie 1/4th or 1/3rd of which is a call-in to a radio show... i dunno, that element always felt cool to me. I'll even defend the remake. It's nothing brilliant, and not better than Hitch, but rather a postmodern statement about how context (and contemporary context) shapes and redefines the meaning of even the most familiar tropes. Watching those old lines and camera angles take on new implications in the hands of Van Sant, if not revelatory, was at least worth the trip. NOTHING, though, but NOTHING, trumps Hitch. Sorry Quentin, sorry Harry, you're both wrong.