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Along with the re-release of Psycho, no fewer than five Hitchcock (above) remakes are in production, including Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot Psycho and new versions of Rear Window, The Thirty Nine Steps and To Catch a Thief. First on to the screens in October is 1954's Dial M For Murder. Re-titled A Perfect Murder, it sees Michael Douglas in the Ray Milland role of Steven Taylor, who plans to bump off his wealthy wife (Gwyneth Paltrow, below).

Twenty years after her debut in John Carpenter's Halloween, "Scream Queen" Jamie Lee Curtis will soon be reprising her role as Laurie Strode in Halloween: H20 (below). Reviving the franchise after 1995's Curse of Michael Myers, it's the latest in the slasher renaissance sparked by Scream.

Happiness is stalking, masturbation, dismemberment and paedophilia, according to writer/director Todd Solondz, whose follow-up to his indie hit Welcome to the Dollhouse has been making studio execs a little unhappy. Despite grabbing the Critics Prize at Cannes, it has been dropped by distributors October Films after pressure from parent company Universal.

Liese Spencer

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