Psycho III

Overview

For his third outing as disturbed innkeeper Norman Bates, Anthony Perkins directed as well as starred in the thriller Psycho III. This time out, Norman is still manning the desk at the Bates Motel, where he now has an assistant, Duane Jeff Fahey, and a new long-term tenant, Maureen Coyle Diana Scarwid. Maureen has been seeing Duane and has some issues to resolve in her life; she gave up her vows as a nun not long ago, and she isn't sure just how she feels about either spiritual or earthly matters. Norman takes an...
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Overview

For his third outing as disturbed innkeeper Norman Bates, Anthony Perkins directed as well as starred in the thriller Psycho III. This time out, Norman is still manning the desk at the Bates Motel, where he now has an assistant, Duane Jeff Fahey, and a new long-term tenant, Maureen Coyle Diana Scarwid. Maureen has been seeing Duane and has some issues to resolve in her life; she gave up her vows as a nun not long ago, and she isn't sure just how she feels about either spiritual or earthly matters. Norman takes an interest in Maureen, which may not be good for her long-term health -- after all, the last woman with the initials "M.C." who stayed in that room and used the shower met with a rather nasty fate. Perkins played Norman Bates one more time, in the made-for-cable Psycho IV: The Beginning; a short-lived TV series followed, Bates Motel, in which Perkins did not participate.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue; Interviews with actors Katt Shea, Brinke Stevens and Special Makeup Effects artist Michael Westmore; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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This modest but stylish chiller occasionally dips into slasher movie mayhem, but is otherwise surprisingly witty and inspired. Charles Edward Pogue's tidy script skillfully alternates its gruesome bits of business with plenty of snappy dialogue and works in some clever twists, including a new revelation about Norman's mother. It also incorporates some deliciously macabre bits of humor, the funniest bit being a moment where Norman tries to keep the other characters from noticing a body stashed in a nearby icebox. In terms of acting, Anthony Perkins pulls off the difficult balancing act of being both sympathetic and scary as Norman Bates. His work is nicely bolstered by some excellent supporting performances, including Jeff Fahey's reptilian turn as the amoral, silver-tongued drifter out to rip Norman off and Diana Scarwid's affecting work as the vulnerable ex-nun who falls for Norman. Perkins also does a surprisingly accomplished job as director, working in inspired visual quotes from Vertigo and the original Psycho and also staging some unique sequences of his own design (the best is a stunning moment where the suicidal heroine mistakes a backlit Norman for the Virgin Mary). The only real problems with Psycho III are that it sometimes goes a bit too heavy on blood during its shock sequences and also throws in some gratuitous nudity, the most unusual moment being a bizarre and arty sex scene that feels like it was cut in from a Zalman King production. Despite these occasional lapses, Psycho III is a tight little thriller that is likely to please horror fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • UPC: 826663142914
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: A
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Color
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 23,714

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Perkins Norman Bates
Diana Scarwid Maureen Coyle
Jeff Fahey Duane Duke
Roberta Maxwell Tracy Venable
Hugh Gillin Sheriff Hunt
Lee Garlington Myrna
Robert Alan Browne Statier
Hugo L. Stanger Harvey Leach
Jack Murdock Lou
Donovan Scott Kyle
Katt Shea Ruben Patsy
Angele Ritter Bartender
Diane Rodriguez Nun
Brinke Stevens (uncredited body double)
Patience Cleveland Sister Margaret
Juliette Cummins Red
Gary Bayer Father Brian
Lisa Ives Belltower Nun
Karen Hensel Sister Catherine
Virginia Gregg Voice Only
Kay Heberle Ruthie
Steve Guevara Deputy Leo
Technical Credits
Anthony Perkins Director
David Blewitt Editor
Stephen Bray Songwriter
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Carter Burwell Score Composer, Songwriter
Louis R. Cooper Special Effects
Syd Dutton Songwriter, Special Effects
Hilton A. Green Producer
Dan Lester Special Effects
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
Karl G. Miller Special Effects
Nancy Nayor Casting
Charles E. Pogue Screenwriter
Mark Reedall Makeup
Peter V. Saldutti Costumes/Costume Designer
David Sanborn Songwriter
Denise Schlom Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanton-Miranda Songwriter
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Bill Taylor Special Effects
Michael Westmore Makeup
Bob Yerkes Stunts
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    This is one the best sequals i've seen in a longtime and i enjoyed it very much,Anthony Perkins is still excellent as the weird Norman Bates.

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