R | 1h 45min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 4
December 1998 (USA)
BY: EMILY KLINEFELTER
I just want to start off by saying; I think Vince Vaughn crushed
this role (in a good way). I didn’t know he could play this type of character until I witnessed it, and he did a great job!
Marion Crane (Anne Heche), a beautiful blonde, is looking for a fresh start with her broke boyfriend. She finds her- self at a crossroad in her life. Her bosses have handed her $400,000.00 to deposit. Here is the dilemma, steal the money or don’t steal the money, ha! Steal the money!
After getting just a little paranoid about stealing a TON of money, Marion stops at a used car lot and trades in her car on the way to see her boyfriend. She then pulls to the side of the road to take a nap because felonies are exhausting… A creepy police officer wakes her and sends her on her way. Then when it gets late she pulls into a motel, this time, to rest for the night.
“Oh, we have 12 vacancies. 12 cabins, 12 vacancies.” – Norman
Marion meets the son of the motel owner Norman (Vince Vaughn). He is an awkward, soft spoken, kind man, who seems to take great interest in Marion. After Norman checks her into her room he invites her over for dinner.
“I don’t set a fancy table, but my kitchen’s awful homey.”- Norman
Marion agrees to join him. As she is getting ready she over hears Norman and his overly domineering mother arguing about his dinner invite. Norman decides to bring down dinner and eat in the back room with Marion rather than have her come up to his house, which is located right next to the motel.
The two talk and share in small talk. Marion learns that Norman enjoys taxidermy and that even though his mother is nasty to him…
“A boy’s best friend is his mother.”- Norman
The night continues and Norman shows a creepier side so Marion excuses herself for the night. Norman isn’t terribly thrilled that she is retiring for the evening but alas, they part. Or do they?
Riddle me this: A mother, a son and a woman sit down for dinner. Everyone eats but only 2 spots are set. One is murdered that night but only one lives. How many people were at dinner?
“They’re probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching… they’ll see. They’ll see that they’ll know, and they’ll say, “Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly…”- Norman.
Overall 4 out of 5
Shrieks 2 out of 5