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Psycho II (1983)

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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.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writers:

Tom Holland, Robert Bloch (characters)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Perkins ... Norman Bates
Vera Miles ... Lila Crane Loomis
Meg Tilly ... Mary Loomis
Robert Loggia ... Dr. Bill Raymond
Dennis Franz ... Warren Toomey
Hugh Gillin ... Sheriff John Hunt
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Emma Spool
Robert Alan Browne ... Ralph Statler
Ben Hartigan Ben Hartigan ... Judge
Lee Garlington ... Myrna
Tim Maier Tim Maier ... Josh
Jill Carroll ... Kim
Chris Hendrie ... Deputy Pool
Tom Holland ... Deputy Norris
Michael Lomazow Michael Lomazow ... D.A.
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Storyline

It's 22 years later. And Norman Bates is coming home. After being judged as "legally sane" in a court of law, Norman Bates is released from a mental institution, against the protests of Lila Loomis (the sister of Marion Crane). Upon his return to his home (and the motel which lays in its shadow) Norman strikes up a friendship with Mary, a waitress at a local diner. Just as he tries to adjust back to normality, the murders around the site of the Bates Motel. Has Mrs. Bates returned to pull Norman's strings again, or is the bloodbath someone else's handy work?

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The sequel to this movie, 1983's Psycho 2, got surprisingly good reviews. In fact 61% of the reviewers on Rottentomatoes liked it. It's funny how all the critics say it cannot hold a candle to the original. They are forgetting that the original was very controversial when it came out and many critics hated it. It is only later; in retrospect; that the film has become almost universally beloved and is now considered one of the best movies ever made. See more »

Goofs

The position of the paintbrush on the floor, after Norman drops it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Norman Bates: [voice-over] Mother, oh God, Mother. Blood! Blood!
Judge: The basis of the staff report Norman Bates is judged returned to sanity and is ordered released at will.
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Alternate Versions

Scenes of gore were shortened in the original theatrical version. However, the current Region 1 DVD includes all gore as well as some slightly longer scenes. See more »


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Piano Sonata Op. 27, No. 2 'Moonlight'
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Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played by Anthony Perkins
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Mama we're all crazy now.
11 May 2014 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

With the gory slasher craze in full swing, it's not all that surprising that the early 1980s saw the return of Norman Bates, the granddaddy of all knife wielding psychos; what is surprising is how good this belated sequel turns out to be.

Rather than simply mimicking the dumb 'teenagers in peril' format so popular at the time, Psycho II actually proves to be an intelligent sequel worthy of the original, benefiting from a smart script by Tom 'Fright Night' Holland that introduces clever twists and turns aplenty, excellent direction from Richard Franklin, who respectfully pays homage to Hitchcock's genius while adding in some nifty tricks of his own, and terrific performances, with cutie Meg Tilly impressing as 'girl in peril' Mary, and Perkins putting in a wonderfully twitchy central turn as neurotic nut-job Norm.

It was always going to be a very tall order for the film to measure up to the original classic, but this is an extremely good effort, providing atmosphere, thrills, a couple of inventive kills, some dark humour, and one hell of a memorable ending. Hitchcock would have been proud. Oh, and for those wondering if lovely Meg Tilly strips off for a shower scene…. yes, she does (a body double providing the T&A), but unlike Janet Leigh, she makes it out of the bathroom alive.


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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Psicosis 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,310,244, 5 June 1983

Gross USA:

$34,725,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,725,000
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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