Psycho II is a 1983 American slasher horror film directed by Richard Franklin from a screenplay by Tom Holland. It is the sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and stars Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Robert Loggia and Meg Tilly. The original music score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith.
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The film did well financially (leading to two further sequels) and moderately well critically. Several critics noted that the film worked hard to sustain the suspenseful atmosphere of the original. Inevitably, it was seen lacking the unique Hitchcock touch, with the plot weakened by the contrivance of leaving the door open for further sequels. The film was followed by Psycho III (1986) and Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990).
It is unrelated to the 1982 novel Psycho II by Robert Bloch, which he wrote as a sequel to his original novel Psycho.
On July 31, 2017, Arrow Video released Psycho II on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time.
- Digital Transfer from Original Film Elements
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original Stereo Audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary with writer Tom Holland
- Never-before-heard audio interview with director Richard Franklin
- Archive Interview with star Anthony Perkins
- Vintage EPK material featuring interviews with cast and crew
- Trailers & TV Spots
- Still Gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
- Collector’s Booklet with new writing on the film alongside a reprint of the Psycho II chapter from Richard Franklin’s unpublished autobiography
Psycho II takes place 22 years after the first film, Norman Bates is released from the mental institution and returns to the house and Bates Motel to live a normal life. However, Marion Crane’s sister, Lila Loomis and her daughter Mary Loomis, try to put Norman back in the institution by attempting to drive him crazy again…
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“Psycho II boasts an increasingly compelling mystery at its core that ensures the film grows more and more engrossing as it progresses – with the inclusion of a few unexpected twists lending the movie’s third act a surprisingly engrossing quality that proves impossible to resist.” Reel Film review
“Franklin manages to pay homage to the Master’s style without ever falling into the redundantly baroque excesses of, say, De Palma. Scary and fun, it’s as worthy a sequel as one might reasonably expect.” Geoff Andrew, Time Out
“Without belaboring the point, one can say that Psycho II, like many Psycho clones, is the work of another Hitchcock aficionado to whom being influenced by the master of suspense extends only to borrowing shots and plot devices from his films.” John McCarty, Psychos: Eighty Year of Mad Movies, Maniacs and Murderous Deeds, St. Martin’s Press, 1986
Psycho house and Bates Motel gallery
Image credits: Scenes from the Morgue