The Leicester Square Theatre in conjunction with Cigarette Burns Cinema hosts a unique screening that no cineaste should miss – PSYCHO VS PSYCHO.

Director Gus Van Sant was met with howls of derision upon the release of 1998’s PSYCHO, his shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary 1960 thriller PSYCHO. With only a couple of minor changes to the original, to make some scenes more explicit and to bring some of the topical references up-to-date, many critics were left asking – why?

Roger Ebert dismissed Van Sant’s film as “an attempt to re-create remembered passion…it demonstrates that a shot-by-shot remake is pointless; genius apparently resides between or beneath the shots, or in chemistry that cannot be timed or counted”. However, other critics argued that the film’s basics were so strong that the remake remains a powerful work in and of itself, with the New York Times claiming the 1998 film“remains the most structurally elegant and sneakily playful of thrillers…at least some things never change”.
Taking advantage of the unique screening arrangements of the Leicester Square Theatre, for the first time ever Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic PSYCHO will be shown simultaneously with Van Sant’s 1998 remake. This fascinating experiment provides a unique insight into the nature of directorial technique and the role of actors’ interpretation, while asking the question: can a story be told exactly the same way twice? Find out with Cigarette Burns Cinema on October 25th, while watching one of the best thrillers ever made on the big screen!
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Scala Beyond was a six week long film festival (18th August – 29th September) which celebrated cult films and all forms of cinema exhibition inspired by the legendary Scala Cinema which was based in London’s Kings Cross until the early 90′s. Even though this year’s festival has now finished, Scala Beyond continues with their monthly Scala Beyond: Picks a monthly guide to cinema events and screenings all across the Uk and Ireland celebrating repertory filmgoing, inventive programming and cinemas of all shapes and sizes!

The Classic Horror Campaign has been included in the Scala Forever and Scala Beyond festival line-ups for the last two years and we host regular monthly screenings at the Roxy Bar & Screen in London (SE1). Our next event is a double bill of Carnival Of Souls (1962) and The Blood On Satan’s Claw (1971) on Sunday 21st October from 3pm. Buy tickets here or on the door if we’re not sold out!

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