Psycho 3 (1986)
Director: Anthony Perkins
Main Stars: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahe, Roberta Maxwell
Storyline: A month after the last movie Norman Bates re-opens the motel again.
Review (Spoils): Only a month after the last film Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins,) re-opens the motel and the fun begins almost right away. He starts to get bugged with reporters (Roberta Maxwell), poor musicians (Jeff Fahe) and a woman (Diana Scarwid ) who left the convent and I guess thought it was a good idea to have a relationship with Norman. Well mother gets all pissed off again and people start to get killed off.
We have the normal creepiness of Norman Bates as he is still collecting dead animals, we have some flashbacks and ex nun who looks like one of his first kills, a nice dead mother, creepy mom voices, peeping toms, slit wrists, lots of knife stabs, blackmail, a nasty impaling and of course some more background story on Norman himself.
The series is running out of ideas and I’m not too sure why Anthony Perkins directed this film instead of someone else. Mother foes over board in this one and there is a lot more communication going on from the dead. We learn a bit more on the history of the crazy Bates family and the finally really learn what set him off in the first film.
Rating: I’m going to be honest this series is not bad overall. Being the third film in this series of was expecting a hell of a lot worse. We are lacking in the gore with this one but the story trying to get into the mind of Norman and explaining some of the reasons why Mother has issues brings the series to a nice close. I would personally watch all 3 of theses in a row it would be a good drinking session.
Psycho 2 (1983)
Director: Richard Franklin
Main Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly
Storyline: Norman is back 20 years later but the ghosts of his past still haunt him.
Review (Spoils): Declared legally sane Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is released after 22 years and returns to the old motel and home. From the moment he steps onto the front steps he thinks he see’s someone in his mother’s bedroom window. Norman with the help of his doctor tries to rebuild his life and takes on a job as a cook at the local diner. At the diner Norman hits it off with the new young waitress Mary (Meg Tilly) including taking her in at the motel as she got kicked out by her boyfriend. During all this Norman is getting strange notes left off and on from his mother or someone who is trying to drive him off the edge again. During all this yet again someone is with the classic black dress and wig is slaughtering people but if it Norman?
We have some dumb teenagers, a young Meg Tilly, the classic Norman Bates, a few Mothers, stabbings, deceit and a nasty classic stab in the head. The stab in the head is well worth the film in general.
Rating: Norman is back and to be honest this film is actually entertaining. For a sequel this is not bad and the series carry well with this 20 year continuation. Anthony Perkins and Meg Tilly steal the show in this one and it is actual a pretty decent film.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Main Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh
Storyline: A woman steals some money and runs from town. She stalls in an old motel owned by a strange young man and his mother. It will be her last mistake.
Review (Spoils): This film is awesome for a few reasons.The first reason is it was written and film not as a horror film but as a thriller. It makes you believe that the whole film is based around the stolen money and than BAM it’s a whole new film of horror. Alfred Hitchcock is an amazing director alone just for doing that not to mention his other great films. Janet Leigh does an awesome job playing the attractive woman who steals the company money and runs to the hills. The inner voice dialogue is a beautiful added touch. Not to mention her most classic scene in film.
Anthony Perkins plays the Norman Bates character owner of the motel with his mother and he does steal the show. The shy, strange and plays with dead animals as hobby. Oh and he is very close to his mother. The creepiness of the film is capture purely on just his character. He does one of the most memorable villains in horror film and he is handy with a knife.
Rating: Cannot dislike this film in any way. It is dark, creepy and opens the door to the classic mommy’s boy son syndrome. Grab a case and your moms dress and enjoy a great ride.