Monday, May 11, 2009

Psycho II (1983)

3 / 5 May '09
Tagline: It's 2 years later, and Norman Bates is finally coming home
Directed by: Richard Franklin
Written by: Tom Holland
Actors include: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 113 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

There is such a thing as too much...too much complication of plot, too much movie (it's nearly 2 hours long) and too much patience required to get to the end of the movie. We pick up at Bates' trial where he gets off on the murder of the Secretary due to insanity with her sister (Vera Miles from the original) angerly looking on. Bates tries to resume normal life by working in a diner where he meets a young waitress with no where to go. He takes her in at the motel, but Mother seems pissed off and is calling and leaving notes everywhere. No no not the mother from the first one, this "mother" is supposedly Norman's biological mother. Not only that but could it even be his mother at all or is someone trying to drive him mad? Again you can see it coming a mile away, although there is the odd surprise thrown in and the last bit of the movie is quite interesting. If you wish to watch through the series, of course you'll want to see this one too, just be really really patient because I spent much of my time squirmy wanting them to movie it along. Still not as bad as it could have been and at least Anthony and Vera are in this one!

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