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Psycho II (1983)

Years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, Norman Bates still can't quite elude the demands of "Mother." Vera Miles also returns as the inquisitive woman who is haunted by her sister's brutal murder and the ominous motel where it all occurred.

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Rating : 6.4
Studio : Universal Pictures,  Oak, 
Crew : Production Design,  Director of Photography, 
Cast : Anthony Perkins Vera Miles Meg Tilly Robert Loggia Dennis Franz
Genre : Horror Thriller

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Reviews

John Chard
2018/02/24

We all go a little sequel crazy sometimes.22 years after the murderous and maniacal events at Bates Motel, Norman Bates, freshly released from a mental institution, is back home; and the spectre of ”Mother” is waiting to greet him.We could say it was a cynical attempt at latching onto the coat tails of the 1980s slasher boom, but in spite of having the unenviable task of being a sequel to a masterpiece, Psycho II is a rather nifty sequel.Director Richard Franklin is helped by having Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles heading up the cast list, this gives the film instant credibility, and while the mighty spectre of Hitchcock looms large, Franklin doesn’t copy the maestro and brings his own visual smarts to the piece.Tom Holland’s screenplay doesn’t mimic either, expanding the Bates story with a series of quality twists whilst keeping the mystery element strong and the gripping factor on the high heat. Dean Cundey (cinematography) and Jerry Goldsmith (music) round out the strong points of the film’s tech credits.Not to be dismissed as a lazy cash in, this is well worth a look. Great ending as well! 7/10

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doggonegood44
2017/04/17

Don't compare it to the original...---...because it's not a fair comparison. Hitchcock is long gone.If, however, you judge Psycho II on strictly its own merits, it's pretty good. Or as good as I think a sequel to Psycho could ever be.Anthony Perkins is a large reason for this. He still has it. Many closed doors and strange passageways etched onto his face. Perkins delivers.Jerry Goldsmith - the composer....comes up with something COMPLETELY different than Hermann did. And once again, on its own and without judging it or comparing it to the original, it's quite beautiful and sad.Now I can't say much for the sequels that continued past this one, but Psycho II is a guilty pleasure of mine.

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poe426
2014/10/21

A sequel worthy of the original...---When Ed Gein was finally arrested for his depredations, he was sentenced to Life in a mental institution; he lived to a ripe old age, and died of natural causes. Kind of an anticlimactic end for one of this country's most notorious serial killers, don'tcha think? In his novel, PSYCHO II, Robert Bloch (who had chronicled the axeploits of our boy Norman in PSYCHO) pulled the rug from under readers with a twist ending that can't be called anything but a "cheat." It was deliberate and probably not done without good reason, but it was still a cheat, nonetheless. The makers of PSYCHO II, I think, did it better. (Blasphemy? Perhaps; but Honest blasphemy.) To turn Norman loose on an unsuspecting world after all them years was exactly the kind of thing that happens all too often in this country. (I've always thought that "mentally ill" patients who commit heinous crimes of the Norman Bates variety should be considered "Guilty by reason of Insanity" and dealt with accordingly. And, yes, I think the Death penalty is a viable option. I've known too many psychopaths in my life to think otherwise.) PSYCHO II, besides a realistic Real World approach to the question of Life after Life in prison, is also surprisingly touching. Meg Tilly deserves a great deal of the credit for this: hers is one of the BEST supporting roles ever written, and as an actress she DELIVERS. In fact, there's nothing I'd bother to criticize about this one at all... except perhaps the notion of once again unleashing a notorious serial killer on an unsuspecting society.

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Spikeopath
2014/10/19

We all go a little sequel crazy sometimes.---22 years after the murderous and maniacal events at Bates Motel, Norman Bates, freshly released from a mental institution, is back home; and the spectre of "Mother" is waiting to greet him.We could say it was a cynical attempt at latching onto the coat tails of the 1980s slasher boom, but in spite of having the unenviable task of being a sequel to a masterpiece, Psycho II is a rather nifty sequel.Director Richard Franklin is helped by having Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles heading up the cast list, this gives the film instant credibility, and while the mighty spectre of Hitchcock looms large, Franklin doesn't copy the maestro and brings his own visual smarts to the piece.Tom Holland's screenplay doesn't mimic either, expanding the Bates story with a series of quality twists whilst keeping the mystery element strong and the gripping factor on the high heat. Dean Cundey (cinematography) and Jerry Goldsmith (music) round out the strong points of the film's tech credits.Not to be dismissed as a lazy cash in, this is well worth a look. Great ending as well! 7/10

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Jamie Spraggon
2014/01/30

The Bates Motel is back in business---Some 20 years after Alfred Hitchcock released the thriller PSYCHO, they finally decided to make a sequel to it. It's been 22 years since the events of PSYCHO and Norman Bates has just been released from psychiatric care, apparently cured from his mental illness. However the sister of one of his victims Lila Crane-Loomis is outraged and swears revenge. Norman is returned home to his motel, only to make another enemy when he fires Mr. Toomey who'd been hired by the hospital and had been running the place as an "adult" motel. Norman begins to adjust back to normal life and even takes on a permanent lodger, a young girl called Mary Samuels who works at the local diner. But things start to go peculiar when he starts receiving phone calls and notes from his dead mother. His therapist doctor Raymond does some investigating and finds that Lila is behind the malicious calls, but when she and Mr. Toomey both vanish, apparently the victims of a mysterious old lady wielding a knife, we see that something else is amiss. Questions are also raised as to whether the late Mrs Bates was actually Norman's real mother. Norman's guest Mary is also not who she seems as she is the daughter to Lila and is also drive Norman to insanity again, you also find out who Norman's real mother is!This film starred: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles & Meg TilleyIn my opinion I think that this film is better than the original. I was not a fan of the first film, however I am a fan of this film. The director took a massive risk in directing this as it could have been a massive failure, however it was a enjoyable film IN MY OPINION.***/***** Good film.

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AaronCapenBanner
2013/10/13

Norman Bates Returns.---Richard Franklin directs this belated sequel to the late Alfred Hitchcock classic that sees Anthony Perkins return as Norman Bates, released from a mental asylum after 22 years, seemingly rehabilitated and repentant, but that doesn't satisfy Lila Crane(returning Vera Miles) who is outraged at this, and still(understandably) hates Norman, who returns to his home, and reopens the motel, with the help of old family friend Mrs. Spool. He gets a job as a dishwasher in a local diner, where he meets a beautiful young woman(played by Meg Tilly) who befriends him, but strange events start to happen, and new murders occur, making it obvious that Norman has reverted to his old ways, or has he? Surprisingly good sequel is better than you would expect, with fine direction and acting, and a good script that keeps the viewer guessing. Does go for graphic violence towards the end, and the ending is a bit silly(though effective), but still remains a memorable and respectful sequel.

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DarthVoorhees
2012/04/25

As far as blatantly unnecessary sequels go this isn't just good it's great...---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 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.

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namashi_1
2012/03/10

A Terrific Sequel!---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 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!

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Toronto85
2011/04/12

Psycho II---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 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

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Kieran Green
2011/02/20

a fine follow up to Hitchcock's original,---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 'slasher' period and their are some clever twists and turns which are clever.

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