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      Psycho II

      1983, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 53m

      37 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      Although it can't hold a cleaver to the classic original, Psycho II succeeds well enough on its own merits to satisfy horror fans. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Two decades after the original murders at the Bates Motel, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) completes his treatment at a mental institution and returns home to find his hotel run down under the management of Warren Toomey (Dennis Franz). Despite a new friendship with a waitress (Meg Tilly) and a job busing tables at a diner, Norman begins to hear voices once again. No matter how hard he tries, Norman cannot keep "Mother" from returning and coaxing him to unleash the homicidal maniac within.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Richard Franklin

      • Producer: Hilton A. Green

      • Writer: Tom Holland

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Distributor: Universal Pictures

      • Production Co: Universal Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Surround

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      • Feb 08, 2016

        Everyone onscreen is having a high old time in this return to Hitchcock's masterpiece that begins, lest anyone's forgotten, in the shower (that shower) and from there we proceed to find out if modern medicine has cured ol' Norman Bates. But in truth does anyone want him better? Do even we want him better? Perkins et al dive into the deep end of the pool with salacious glee as we watch him twitch and squirm through every difficulty. Can he keep his sanity? No cast should ever be allowed to have this much fun.

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      • Jan 03, 2016

        There's something almost sinful about knocking this tragically underrated classic. It does everything a good sequel should aspire to and then does a lot more. There's a fresh take on the concept that really works, and the twists are ingenious. In the original, Hitchcock was trying to take what was essentially a tacky, pulpy concept and make it work, and that's of course what he did. And he did it by finding an innovative and devilishly clever way of telling the story. Well they did it again with the sequel damn it! lt's almost like people are afraid to consider it a good or great movie from the outset because it has too much to contend with, like being in the shadow of the original and because it wasn't Hitchcock directing, and so on...............Open your mind, and get involved, this is a brilliant movie.

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      • Oct 25, 2013

        A compelling psychological thriller, Psycho II picks up where the Hitchcock classic left off. The story follows the release of Norman Bates from a mental institution as he attempts to reintegrate back into society, but forces conspire against him as he once again hears Mother's call. The writing is rather impressive and finds a nice balance of honoring the Hitchcock classic while also exploring new territory. Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles return, and are joined by Meg Tilly and Robert Loggia. The directing is also well-done, though it's clearly not up to Hitchcock's level. Full of intrigue and suspense, Psycho II is a strong follow-up to a masterpiece.

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      • May 06, 2013

        15 years before Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the 'Halloween' franchise in 'H20' Perkins did the same thing with his most famous character and by and large produced a very effective sequel to a classic Hitchcock film. The plot is cleverly thought out and thankfully it's not a complete copy of the original. Perkins steps back into the role brilliantly and produces a sympathetic turn as Norman. The return of Miles is a nice touch and Franklin does a good job replicating certain shots but also expanding the 'Psycho' universe. The film is also nicely scored by Jerry Goldsmith. The twist at the end is a little absurd but will bring a smile to most faces. Definitely one of the better sequels to a classic.

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