Psycho III

Psycho III

Director: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell

Cast: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell

     
 

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The third sequel to one of the most successful horror films of all time, Psycho III finds actor Anthony Perkins in his directing debut. Based on the original thriller by master of macabre Alfred Hitchcock, the audience learns that Norman Bates is up to his old tricks again -- or is he? Goodtimes has done a fair job by presenting a first ever 1.85:1 widescreen

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The third sequel to one of the most successful horror films of all time, Psycho III finds actor Anthony Perkins in his directing debut. Based on the original thriller by master of macabre Alfred Hitchcock, the audience learns that Norman Bates is up to his old tricks again -- or is he? Goodtimes has done a fair job by presenting a first ever 1.85:1 widescreen version of the film, although this version is unfortunately non-anamorphic. All colors and black levels are even, with only the slightest amount of edge enhancement present. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and sounds better than expected. Dialogue, effects, and Carter Burwell's haunting score all sound clear and concise. Subtle instances of directional effects (such as rain or thunder) are used well and effectively. Subtitles are also provided on this disc, in English, French, and Spanish. Sadly, fans of the Psycho series will be sorely disappointed to learn that the only extra feature available on this disc is an original theatrical trailer presented in a 1.33:1 full-frame version. Psycho III is a decent enough edition, but what it lacks in supplements would make even Mama Bates go off her rocker.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
UPC:
0018713810458
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:33:00

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 Mother
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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. There Is No God [5:53]
2. Coming and Going [3:28]
3. Help Wanted [5:56]
4. I Prefer the Nights [3:48]
5. Past History [6:22]
6. I'll Always Be with You [3:48]
7. Down Memory Lane [8:20]
8. Getting to Know You [3:40]
9. Bad Connection [5:11]
10. Homecoming [4:55]
11. Happiness [6:27]
12. Perfectly Natural [4:44]
13. Getting Lucky [4:03]
14. Watch the Guitar [7:28]
15. Next of Kin [3:24]
16. Forgive Me [4:59]
17. Guts [3:18]
18. Free at Last [6:56]

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