Psycho (film series)
PSYCHO II (18)
D: Richard Franklin
Universal (Hilton A. Green & Bernard Schwartz)
W: Tom Holland [based on characters created by Robert Bloch]
DP: Dean Cundey
Ed: Andrew London
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates), Meg Tilly (Mary Samuels), Vera Miles (Lila Loomis), Robert Loggia (Dr. Bill Raymond), Dennis Franz (Warren Twomey), Hugh Gillen (Sheriff John Hunt)
It was never going to be an easy task following up with a sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror movie, but Psycho II does not do a bad job at all, despite being nowhere near the seminal 1960 film. Robert Bloch did, in fact, write a follow up to the original novel, but this film is not based upon that book.
Anthony Perkins reprises his role as Norman Bates, released from a mental institution after 22 years, much to the annoyance of Lila Loomis, the sister of the first film's main victim, Marion Crane. Returning to the ominous family house overlooking his namesake hotel, Bates attempts to move on with his life and away from that which haunts him, in doing so, he allows a young woman to move into his home, only for "mother" to begin another killing spree...
Much of the plot is predictable to anybody who has ever seen a horror movie, or indeed the original film, but there's still some wiggle room in the plot for a couple of interesting twists and turns.
Perkins slips back into his most famous character like it's a glove and Meg Tilly provides an excellent supporting character with her breakthrough performance.
Not as good as the original film by a long shot, but miles ahead of the pathetic remake.