starring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles and Meg Tilly
I had no intention of watching the Psycho sequels, I really don't. But this, along with the rest of the series, was on TV some nights ago, completely uncut, which meant I get to watch this entire franchise for free and you don't get things for free that often!
|And thus, History repeats itself...|
|"hello old friend, happy to see me again?"|
Being a fan of the original and having so much respect for it, I was skeptical that this sequel would hardly make up for the Hitchcockian flavor that the first film has, but Psycho II knows its audience like the back of its hands and went from a psycho-thriller to a bonafide slasher-drama as Bates is no longer just a monster here, but also a victim of his own insanity. Whether he's responsible for all the murders happening upon his release or not, and how this will effect the new life he's having, it all creates a fine tension for the film and, overall, it works.
|He's no Samuel Loomis, but Dr. Bill Raymond knows who's the real|
devil in this film...
Another thing I find impressive here is the well-handled use of familiar elements from the original; showers, voyeurism, the ole' fashion "bad things happen to good people at the most unexpected time" scenario (ironically due to Norman's past infamy, but not played very well unfortunately), I have to admit defeat, and accept this worthy sequel as an unbeatable slasher classic.
|Friend or Foe? Mary calms Norman down.|
1 female knifed to death (stock footage)
1 male had his face slashed with knife, stabbed to death
1 male knifed to death
1 female knife to the mouth
1 male accidentally knifed on the chest
1 female shot
1 elderly female drinks poisoned tea, head bashed with shovel