Psycho IV: The Beginning
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Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey star in this chilling prequel to the classic Hitchcock thriller. A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Perkins) is drawn to a late night radio show where the host (CCH Pounder) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide – the murder of a mother by her own child. Reliving his childhood, Norman recounts his trials as a young boy (Thomas) living with his widowed schizophrenic mother (Hussey). These haunting memories are more than just disturbing visions of the past; they threaten to rekindle his killing urge in this spine-tingling thriller.
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The flashbacks zip in and out of the supposed present where Norman admits on air that he is thinking of killing his wife. There is some rudimentary suspense that immediately gets lost with all the time traveling.
The actors know their craft, I don’t fault them. But this movie comes off as a glib explanation that purposely ignores the other two features in the series.