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Psycho II
     

Psycho II

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Director: Richard Franklin

Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly

 

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A sequel to one of the most popular horror films of all time, this psychological thriller received a pleasantly surprised, positive critical reception. Anthony Perkins returns as Norman Bates, who has just been released from an insane asylum after 22 years, having been judged clinically sane by the State of California over the objections of Lila Crane Loomis (Vera

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A sequel to one of the most popular horror films of all time, this psychological thriller received a pleasantly surprised, positive critical reception. Anthony Perkins returns as Norman Bates, who has just been released from an insane asylum after 22 years, having been judged clinically sane by the State of California over the objections of Lila Crane Loomis (Vera Miles), sister to one of Norman's murder victims. Norman returns home to the hotel and hilltop mansion he once inhabited with his mother. As a parole condition, Norman is hired at a local diner, where he struggles to join mainstream society, despite the stares of patrons aware of his past. At the diner, Norman befriends Mary (Meg Tilly), a waitress, and it seems that he may be putting some semblance of a life back together. But then Norman begins to experience hallucinatory encounters with his long-dead mother, including a handwritten note, a phone call, and a sighting of her standing at her favorite window. Is Norman's psychosis manifesting itself again, or are old enemies attempting to drive him back into an institution? As the pressure mounts, bodies pile up, and Norman's fragile hold on normality becomes more and more tenuous.

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It's debatable whether or not a sequel to Psycho was really necessary, but Psycho II manages to beat the odds with surprising style. Not only is this a solid horror film, it's one of the best horror sequels ever made. The key to Psycho II's effectiveness is its old-fashioned approach to suspense. Despite the occasional flash of gore, this film is a subtle, low-key affair that earns its chills by concentrating on story and character. Tom Holland's clever script wisely takes its time to layer on its complications and surprises and builds gracefully to a final act full of shocks and surprises, especially its deviously clever final twist. Avowed Hitchcock disciple Richard Franklin does some fine work in the director's chair, quoting some of the most memorable visual devices from the original Hitchcock classic while working in some modern flourishes, including one memorably head-spinning crane shot. His skill makes it possible for him to turn even the simplest scene into a nail-biter: a great example is a scene where Norman's discovery of a note from Mother is intercut with a scene where Mary is harassed by Toomey. This sequence climaxes with a memorable dual-crescendo after building up a nerve-wracking amount of tension. Franklin also gets fine work from a fantastic support cast: Meg Tilly makes a likeably unconventional romantic interest, Dennis Franz is convincingly sleazy as the embittered former motel manager, and Vera Miles is frightfully intense as the woman obsessed with bringing Norman to justice by any means necessary. However, the most important attribute of the movie is the magnificent, understated performance by Anthony Perkins. He manages to turn a villain into a tragic hero, bringing out the humor and vulnerability in Norman Bates while also maintaining the quiet, menacing edge that keeps the audience guessing about his sanity. All in all, Psycho II is a clever, inspired piece of work that rises above its sequel status to stand on its own as an excellent exercise in suspense.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2016
UPC:
9337369008097
Original Release:
1983
Source:
Imports
Sales rank:
59,746

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Performance Credits
Anthony Perkins Norman Bates
Vera Miles Lila Loomis
Meg Tilly Mary
Robert Loggia Dr. Raymond
Dennis Franz Toomey
Hugh Gillin Sheriff Hunt
Claudia Bryar Mrs. Spool
Robert Alan Browne Statler
Ben Hartigan Judge
Lee Garlington Myrna
Tim Maier Josh
Jill Carroll Kim
Chris Hendrie Dep.Pool
Tom Holland Dep. Norris
Thaddeus Smith Deputy Sheriff
Oz Perkins Young Norman
Robert Traynor Desk Clerk
Gene Whittington Diver
George Dickerson County Sheriff
Jackie McNamara Actor
Ben Frommer Sexton
Bruce Greenwood Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Franklin Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
James Allen Production Designer
Melbourne Arnold Special Effects
John W. Corso Production Designer
Chuck Crafts Makeup
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Syd Dutton Special Effects
Robert E. Ellsworth Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
William Gray Production Manager
Hilton A. Green Producer
Tom Holland Screenwriter
Martha Johnston Set Decoration/Design
Andrew London Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Michael McCracken Makeup
Brian O'Dowd Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Polito Set Decoration/Design
Denise Schlom Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Schwartz Executive Producer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Don Zepfel Asst. Director

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