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5.0 out of 5 stars After 22 Years, Norman Bates Is Coming Home. But Someone Might Not Like It..., March 28, 2009
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22 years after the original "Psycho," Anthony Perkins returns to the role that will forever define his career: Norman Bates. Vera Miles also returns as Marion's sister Lila, hell-bent on revenge. Meg Tilly joins the cast as Mary, an innocent young girl who may or may not know Norman's troubled past. And Mother isn't having anyone share her Norman...

Tom Holland has written a superb story that continues the saga of Norman Bates. As with the original film, suspense abounds. Is Norman insane again? Or is someone out for blood? You'll just have to watch "Psycho II," the thrilling sequel to Sir Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece. And this film, while not near the level of the original, holds its own very well as a suspense thriller, injecting some romance into the mix. A haunting score by Jerry Goldsmith heightens the tension and never lets up. I recommend this movie. "Mother, you can't make me kill her." "Norman, your mother is dead." "It's starting again..."

Charles Edward Pogue continues the saga of Norman Bates in "Psycho III," the most shocking and (in my opinion) deliciously satisfying sequel yet, with Anthony Perkins doing double duty as director and star. The film begins with a nod to "Vertigo," another classic from The Master Of Suspense. This time, Diana Scarwid and Jeff Fahey join the cast as a troubled nun and cocky guitar player (in more ways than one), respectively. Roberta Maxwell also stars as a reporter obsessed with Norman Bates. And Mother isn't having any of it...

I highly recommend "Psycho III". The story adds more depth to Norman. And Perkins has never been better, the music more intoxicating and the production values are sky-high.

"Psycho IV: The Beginning" is a so-so film. There are several inconsistencies with the first three, but it's nice to see how Norman Bates became a mama's boy and it's also a worthy conclusion to the saga. Should have been a two hour movie like the first three.
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