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I haven't watched the recent BM series though but I'm hearing a lot of good things about it!
I am not the greatest fan of Psycho, I think of it more of a thriller than a horror film. Psycho II is my favourite of the Psycho series.
'Nuff said. ;-)
Having Olivia Hussey in the film helps, yes. :D And having Perkins as Norman makes all the difference. It could have been just a prequel, without the contemporary story of the supposedly cured Norman.
I like Fariaga who plays Norma Bates. Loved her in "The Conjuring" and she is a top notch actress (and not bad to look at either)
Kid playing Norman is good too.
And of course our old pal Nestor Carbonnell from the glory days of "Lost"
Bates Motel is an alright tv show in my opinion, but I can´t accept it as having a direct link to the original 1960 Psycho. Some things, such as the relationship between Norman and his mother, are better left untold. Knowing the details takes away from the tension in the original story. That mistake has more often been made. It actually reminds me of The Innocents/The Nightcomers in the sense that they're both high quality products, but the latter wasn't really necessary.
Is that it over?
I really enjoy psycho 2. It is a lot better than it has any right to be. Perkins is the jewel in the crown but the film is also made with quite a bit of reverence and style. It ramps up the gore but it has a solid narrative, credible character motivation (which is saying a lot for a sequel in the horror genre!) and also uses he character of Norman particularly well. You're right - Goldsmith's score elevates proceedings as well. I'd say the only part the irritates me is the twist finale. I realise why they did it but it's the only time when things feel very gimmicky in the film and the ramifications of the reveal makes it feel like it is the one part of the film that is careless with the mythology.
Love it @DarthDimi
I only saw this again a few months back and it has stood the test of time very well. Perkins is brilliant in it and really garners sympathy in his portrayal of poor old Norman.
It has a good tight script and some good shocks along the way.
Well directed by Richard Franklin (whatever happened to him?) with just the right amount of homage and respect to the original.
And yep the score is radically different to Herrmanns but is just as excellent. The main theme is really beautiful and sad.
I remember seeing it at the cinema way back in 83' and falling head over hills in love with Meg Tilly who plays Mary !
Yes, sadly. :(
How many seasons did it run to?
I've seen the first Psycho (1960) film, but none of the rest.
Those titles are classic! Love 'em to bits.