I saw Hour of the Wolf
last night as it is a David Lynch Guest Director selection at AFI 2010.
I liked it. While it is not a great film by any stretch, it seems influential to me none-the-less. It's one part horror film, one part classic Bergman and one part psychological drama/mystery.
I think it clearly references Psycho.
The male protagonist is turned more feminine with eye liner and lipstick applied. He sees a woman who turns into a corpse with open eye sockets. He walks down a long hallway filled with flying birds. Then is made to feel embarrassed in front of a pretty nude woman. And moments later someone slashes him around his body drawing blood. Plus both the make-up scene and the nude scene are done with the backdrop of unadorned hanging light bulbs
It also seems to have influenced other filmmakers in that:
The scene with his son by the water and the scene where a weird dude oddly moves to the ceiling may have influenced some Japanese horror filmmakers.
If some of the scenes in the film don't wig you out a bit, you might want to check your pulse.
It may just be a coincidence but Max von Sydow plays the troubled protagonist in Hour of the Wolf and plays a psychiatrist trying to help a troubled protagonist in Shutter Island (2010). It's possible that if you do enough roles you see both sides of the coin, but it does make you wonder whether Bergman's film influence the casting ...
As an aside, there is a specialized company that just took the mono soundtrack for Psycho and converted it to a multi-track score including splitting even the musical instruments apart, sound effects, vocals. This would be another terrific candidate for that kind of effort. The score and sound effects are quite interesting in the film and certainly compliment the eerie story but if turned into a modern soundtrack so that everything is not coming directly from the front speaker it would be a lot more involving.
Btw, add me to the list of those looking forward to seeing Black Swan
. I saw a preview trailer when I surfed over to the AFI site. Looks quite interesting.