Psycho II

 Genre: Thriller

Year of Release: 1983

Rated: R

Director: Richard Franklin

Summary: 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.

Review: Well, this is not directed by Hitchcock, Psycho II is still a good follow-up to its predecessor, Psycho. A lot of people don't like when a book or more makes the villain look sympathetic. Psycho II walks a thin line of trying to be sympathetic and making the viewer question who to root for. That is a key ingredient to making a memorable villain.

The side characters are cast in shades of grey. Mary (Meg Tilly) and her mom (Vera Miles) done some questionable things. The movie manages to capture a dark and twisted tone staying true to Hitchcock's style.

There is a twist at the end that doesn't feel like it was just throw in there. Unlike other horror movies, it is not made up on the spot. If you are going to make a follow up to a Hitchcock film, it has to be good.


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