Bates Motel has lead to a renewed interest in the Psycho series. This video essay looks at how the sequels to Psycho compulsively re-perform significant scenes from the original in a nostalgic way that culminates in the remake.

The recapitulation of the famous scenes from the original in the sequels points to the influence of Hitchcock and the formal qualities of the first film as an art film, rather than sequels that just refer back to the events of their original film.

Essay written and edited by Christopher Heron, and sound recording by Brian Robertson.

 

 

This video essay was first published in October of 2012.

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