Psycho II – USA, 1983 – reviews

Psycho II is a 1983 American slasher horror feature film directed by Richard Franklin (Link; RoadgamesPatrick) from a screenplay written by Tom Holland (Rock, Paper, Scissors; Child’s PlayFright Night). It is obviously the belated sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and stars Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Robert Loggia and Meg Tilly. The original music score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen).

The film did well financially and moderately well critically. Several critics noted that the film worked hard to sustain the suspenseful atmosphere of the original. Inevitably, it was seen lacking the unique Hitchcock touch, with the plot weakened by the contrivance of leaving the door open for further sequels. Further direct sequels  Psycho III (1986) and Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) followed. Bates Motel (1987), starring Bud Cort, was a TV movie pilot for a planned series. A series titled Bates Motel ran for five seasons from 2013 to 2017.

It is unrelated to the 1982 novel Psycho II by Robert Bloch, which he wrote as a sequel to his original novel Psycho.

Plot:

Twenty-two years after the events of the first film, Norman Bates is released from the mental institution and returns to the house and Bates Motel to attempt to live a normal life. However, Marion Crane’s sister, Lila Loomis and her daughter Mary Loomis, try to put Norman back in the institution by attempting to drive him crazy again…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Psycho II boasts an increasingly compelling mystery at its core that ensures the film grows more and more engrossing as it progresses – with the inclusion of a few unexpected twists lending the movie’s third act a surprisingly engrossing quality that proves impossible to resist.” Reel Film

“Franklin manages to pay homage to the Master’s style without ever falling into the redundantly baroque excesses of, say, De Palma. Scary and fun, it’s as worthy a sequel as one might reasonably expect.” Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“Without belaboring the point, one can say that Psycho II, like many Psycho clones, is the work of another Hitchcock aficionado to whom being influenced by the master of suspense extends only to borrowing shots and plot devices from his films.” John McCarty, Psychos: Eighty Year of Mad Movies, Maniacs and Murderous Deeds, St. Martin’s Press, 1986

On July 31, 2017, Arrow Video released Psycho II on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time.

  • Digital Transfer from Original Film Elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Stereo Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with writer Tom Holland
  • never-before-heard audio interview with director Richard Franklin
  • Archive Interview with star Anthony Perkins
  • Vintage EPK material featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Trailers & TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • Collector’s Booklet with new writing on the film alongside a reprint of the Psycho II chapter from Richard Franklin’s unpublished autobiography

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Psycho house and Bates Motel gallery

Image credits: Scenes from the Morgue

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