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Plot: After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him. Runtime: 113 mins Release Date: 03 Jun 1983
It's a wonderful sequel to Hitchcock's masterpeice! (by marcfantozzi)
Psycho II is a great horror sequel. Not only is it entertaining, it has many wonderful twists and turns through out which make it even more enjoyable. Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Robert Loggia and Meg Tilly are all great and turn in very good performances. Vera Miles turns in a very eccentric performance, it shows how much she hates Norman. Anthony Perkins makes the viewer feel sorry for him as he slowly becomes confused again. Meg Tilly has a lot of charm and Robert Loggia is very good as the very caring Doctor. It's a well done thrill- ride, highly entertaining and full of suspense, <more>
thanks to director Franklin. Well done to every one involved. I think this is the best Psycho sequel. I love it a lot! You'd think that as it is the sequel to the classic Psycho, it would suck, it does not!My personal rating: 10 out of 10.
Surprisingly good sequel! (by TalesfromTheCryptfan)
22 years after the incident at the Bates Motel, Norman Bates Anthony Perkins has finally been released out of the mental institution for the criminally insane and is back home. Even though he's back, he is still haunted by his mom's voice and has a second job as a cook at a diner, he's gotten strange phone calls and notes by something trying to play "Mother" so he or she can drive Norman back to his original state of insanity.Very good sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece of horror has good acting and has Perkins reprising his role as everyone's favorite <more>
loony with Meg Tilly, Vera Mills from the original Robert Loggia and Dennis Franz co-star. Jerry Goldsmith's score is half as good as the original's music score and there's plenty of good scares to make one hell of a sequel to an all-time masterpiece, there's a nice twist in the end to the film.For anyone who loved the original classic, i suggest you try this one you might like it.
a fine follow up to Hitchcock's original, (by greene515)
Psycho II is a fine follow up to Hitchcock's original, Anthony Perkins returns as Norman Bates After twenty-two years of psychiatric care he returns to the Bates motel the scene of his previous crimes. But the sister of one of his victims Marion Crane Janet Leigh Vera Miles vows revenge on him and plots to send him back to the asylum, Bates befriends the troubled Mary Meg Tily and the pair form a friendship which see's the troubled girl reside with Bates at the motel. Psycho II has some fine suspenseful scenes and also some clever gore which remains typical of the <more>
'slasher' period and their are some clever twists and turns which are clever.
As far as blatantly unnecessary sequels go this isn't just good it's great... (by DarthVoorhees)
Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' is a classic piece of cinema. It has become one of the defining iconic pieces of film that is heralded as a holy grail. What I admire about it is it's simplicity and the audacity it has to create a bizarre character like Norman Bates. I can only imagine what audiences must have thought going into that film because the implications of such a character for an audience coming out of the conservative fifties must have been truly unsettling. What makes Norman such a great character is how clear the divide is between Mother and Norman. Norman is a likable <more>
guy. Anthony Perkins does not scream psychopath, he could just as easily be your friend or neighbor. There is a large chunk of Psycho were we even are encouraged to identify with Norman and I imagine that is what made the film so endearing to 60's audiences. Flash forward twenty years to 'Psycho II'. Norman's secret is out of the bag and you don't even need to see 'Psycho' to know it. 'Psycho II' was released in the sea of Freddy Krueger wanna be's and going into 'Psycho II' I expected something along those lines. I put off seeing it as sort of an exercise in film snobbery as I thought the attempt to do a sequel should be shunned. I feared Norman Bates would be turned into a Freddy Krueger. That isn't to say I don't like Freddy Krueger I just saw 'Psycho' as above it. This may have been my great mistake in looking at the film. Hitchcock probably wasn't setting out to make a Holy Grail with 'Psycho' and Robert Bloch's initial novel was nothing more than a dime story scandal novel. It makes perfect sense taking Norman Bates and putting him in the culture he created. I expected Norman to wield a knife with no motive other than shock value and going in with little knowledge of the film I was pleasantly surprised to see that the film does not take this approach, in fact it violently rejects it as it's main arc. Norman Bates wants to be cured and turn over a new leaf and surprisingly the audience wants him to too. Norman is our hero here. Anthony Perkins gives an absolutely wonderful performance as Norman Bates. The character is multi-dimensional and has grown since the last film. Perkins plays up all of Norman's good qualities, he is a polite and kind man with a horrible alter ego. We see that the last thing Norman wants in the world is to become Mother again. In a way 'Psycho II' is kind of a tragic film. With Norman we see an addict whose addiction completely dominated his life. In 'Psycho II' he starts off clean and sober but slowly he begins to relapse and we can't help but feel sorry for him. Perkins brings Norman to low points. He becomes absolutely pathetic and powerless by the climax of the film and we feel for him because Perkins shows that Norman has genuinely tried to overcome the demons in his closet.There are grisly killings in 'Psycho II' and I expected them. 'Psycho II' feels like an 80's slasher when the bodies start littering the screen. Frankly, this is the least interesting aspect of the film. 'Psycho II' is a character study and the murders merely serve to mess with Norman's sanity. It doesn't matter who the killer really ends up being in 'Psycho II' because we know it is not Norman. One thing that really strikes me about the original 'Psycho' and indeed any good horror film is that it is not the monster that we fear but the presence around the monster. 'Psycho II' is all about presence. 'Mother' is an entity. I would be perfectly fine with 'Psycho II' if all the killings took place in Norman's imagination because the weight of the violence is so strong. Stylistically, the killings have more in common with a Friday the 13th film than Hitchcock but what matters is this isn't a film with a body count for the sake of having one.The film isn't really completely about Norman however. 'Psycho II' does a very good job in showing how the community and Norman's victims were affected by what he did. The plot involved Lila Loomis and her daughter Mary is pitch perfect. Bringing back Vera Miles was a wonderful choice as her character has become just as disturbed as Norman. And really what reaction does someone have to such grisly events? No one has any faith in Norman to come back from the depths of insanity and it really is symbolical of 'Psycho' and it's slasher clones. By the end of 'Psycho II' Norman is back for good and it is satisfying to see the cost it has on the character and the fruitless battle he put up to save himself from this fate.
A Sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Cult-Classic 'Psycho', 'Psycho II' lives up-to the expectations & turns out to be A Terrific Sequel! Also, Anthony Perkins once again plays Norman Bates, amazingly.'Psycho II' Synopsis: After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude... but the specters of his crimes -- and his mother -- continue to haunt him.'Psycho II' has a superior start, middle & end. The Thrills are top-notch! Tom Holland's Screenplay is gripping & very well-written. Richard Franklin's <more>
Direction is eerie & unsettling. Cinematography is good. Editing is sharp. Art Design is excellent.Performance-Wise: As mentioned before, Anthony Perkins once again plays Norman Bates, amazingly. He's impeccable in here! Vera Miles is first-rate. Meg Tilly is impressive. Robert Loggia leaves a mark. Dennis Franz is passable.On the whole, 'Psycho II' is a High-Class Sequel, that Thrills, Scares & above all, Entertains Big Time!
If imitation is the best form of flattery, Hitch would be blushing if he were here today (by ersinkdotcom)
22 years after being institutionalized for several murders including his mother , Norman Bates Anthony Perkins returns to his home and the motel he ran. Settling back into normal life is made difficult when the sister Vera Miles of one of his victims begins taking drastic measures to have him sent back to the mental institute. The disappearance of some locals raise suspicions that Norman might be up to his old tricks again.Director Richard Franklin compels Director of Photography Dean Cundey to both mimic certain shots from the 1960 classic and come up with new ways to visually fray the <more>
edges of the audiences' sanity. The angled shots of Norman Bates looking up at the house are some of the most unhinging moments in horror history. Cundey's use of sweeping overhead shots are captivating as well.
I first saw this movie as a horror loving kid, and I loved it. But then, as a grownup, I was reluctant to watch it again since so many films I loved as a kid turned out to be junk, after all. Since I'm a big Meg Tilly fan, I kinda wanted to keep my good memories... so I watched it again, for the same reason go figure .Well, it was even better than I remembered. Anthony Perkins gives a truly moving performance, and it's an accomplishment in itself considering the fact that it's an 80's horror movie - not to mentioned the legacy of the first. But the actor proposed a completely <more>
convincing continuation of the character. And yes, Tilly is quite good; not at all your average damsel in distress. I wish she'd consider a comeback she was the ultimate wicked step-mom in Body Snatchers .All in all, a very nice surprise, and certainly no disgrace to the original.
Psycho II does a great job continuing with the story of Norman Bates. I was surprising to me how well done this was, most sequels fail to entertain as much as the original. This one is not as good as the original, but does add way more tension that kept me more on the edge of my seat. It's 22 years later and Norman Bates is being released from the psychiatric hospital he's been locked away in. Lila Loomis Vera Miles who was Marion's sister from the first is absolutely appalled that they would release Norman after all that he did. Nevertheless, Norman returns home and finds out <more>
that someone has been running the motel while he's been away. It's turned into a seedy place involving drugs, which Norman finds out when looking through one of the rooms. He gets a job at the diner and meets a lovely young girl named Mary Meg Tilly . He overhears her break up with her boyfriend leaving her with no place to go. Of course, he invites her to spend the night in his house. We quickly find out that Mary isn't who she says she is. We also see a few people murdered by what appears to be a woman. Is Norman up to his old tricks, or might it be someone else all together? I loved Psycho II. I love the mystery element to it. You see a few people murdered, but the whole time you think in the back off your mind "it can't be Norman, not again". Despite the clues all pointing to him, you get the sense that it might be someone else. And the suspect list is pretty long. The kills were well done in a way that they weren't overly gory, but brutal enough to get the reaction across to the audience. Norman Bates becomes a character that you feel for in Psycho II. He's been locked away 22 years, and you cannot help but feel for him as the movie goes along.The acting was very good in this as well. Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles reprise their roles and do a terrific job. I like Meg Tilly in this one as well. Their are so many twists and turns in this sequel, it really keeps you guessing and wondering the whole time. The ending is rather shocking but adds to the back story of Norman Bates and his family. Psycho II is a brilliant sequel to the legendary original. One of my favourite 80's movies.8/10
With the gory slasher craze in full swing, it's not all that surprising that the early 1980s saw the return of Norman Bates, the granddaddy of all knife wielding psychos; what is surprising is how good this belated sequel turns out to be.Rather than simply mimicking the dumb 'teenagers in peril' format so popular at the time, Psycho II actually proves to be an intelligent sequel worthy of the original, benefiting from a smart script by Tom 'Fright Night' Holland that introduces clever twists and turns aplenty, excellent direction from Richard Franklin, who respectfully <more>
pays homage to Hitchcock's genius while adding in some nifty tricks of his own, and terrific performances, with cutie Meg Tilly impressing as 'girl in peril' Mary, and Perkins putting in a wonderfully twitchy central turn as neurotic nut-job Norm.It was always going to be a very tall order for the film to measure up to the original classic, but this is an extremely good effort, providing atmosphere, thrills, a couple of inventive kills, some dark humour, and one hell of a memorable ending. Hitchcock would have been proud. Oh, and for those wondering if lovely Meg Tilly strips off for a shower scene . yes, she does a body double providing the T&A , but unlike Janet Leigh, she makes it out of the bathroom alive.