Psycho 2 title

Tag Line : It's 22 years later, and Norman Bates is coming home.

Psycho 2Some 20 years after Alfred Hitchcock released his 1960 thriller, and they FINALLY decided to film a sequel to it. It's been 22 years since the events of Psycho and Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins reprising his original role) has just been released from psychiatric care, apparently cured from his mental illness.

However the sister of one of Bates victims, Lila Crane-Loomis (Vera Miles also reprising her original role), is outraged and swears revenge. Norman is returned home to his old motel, only to make another enemy when he fires the present manager Mr Toomey (Dennis Franz) 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 named Mary Samuels (Meg Tilley) who works at the local diner. But things start to go peculiar when he starts receiving notes and telephone calls, supposedly from his dead mother.

His therapist doctor Raymond (Robert Loggia) does some investigating and finds that Lila is apparently behind the malicious calls, but when she and Mr Toomey both vanish, apparently the victims of a mysterious old lady wielding a knife (sound familiar?), we see that something else is amiss. Questions are also raised as to whether the late Mrs Bates was actually Norman's real mother or not.

Is there another killer at work, or has Norman flipped his lid again? Is Mary involved in Lila's plot? And who then was Normans REAL mother? One thing is for sure, nothing is as it seems and it also looks like Norman is about to have a relapse and go back to his old ways, if he has not done so already.

This is certainly a worthy follow up to Hitchcock's original Psycho and fans of the original should definitely check it out. Even if only to watch the scene with Meg Tilley in the shower!

Overall Marks : 6/10

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Norman Bates is back. Coming home was a bad mistake" and "Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the shower".

  • The movie was written by Tom Holland, who went onto script the film "Child's Play". Holland also makes a cameo appearance in the film as Deputy Norris.

  • The movie's budget was $5million but has grossed in excess of $32million to date in the USA alone.

  • The Bates mansion was the original set from the first movie, however the motel set was no longer standing and so had to be reconstructed.

  • A slightly different version of this film was used when screened on television in the US. This included various extra takes, including one when Norman is on the porch of the house and he says goodbye to Dr. Raymond.

  • Apparently Anthony Perkins was very jealous of how the press were making more of a big deal over Meg Tilly's role than his own, and so repeatedly tried get her fired during filming.

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