Psycho II

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Released 1983

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Director:
Richard Franklin
Released:
1983
Rating:
R
Psycho II is the terrifying sequel to one of the most suspenseful films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Anthony Perkins makes a horrific homecoming in his role as the infamous Norman Bates, who after years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, still can't quite elude the demands of "Mother." Vera Miles also returns as the inquisitive woman who is haunted by her sister's brutal murder and the ominous motel where it all occurred. Meg Tilly and Dennis Franz co-star in this fiendish chiller.

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  • 75

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    This is a silly movie, yes. But since it works as a humorous homage for students of Hitchcock and his B-movie masterpiece, and since it works as a high-grade slasher film for the r...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's too heavy on plot and too willing to cheat about its plot to be really successful, but it does have its moments, and it's better than your average, run-of-the-mill slasher movie.

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Chuck Bowen

    Director Richard Franklin and screenwriter Tom Holland can't seem to figure out if Psycho II should resemble a film from the 1950s or the 1980s, so they split the difference, and t...

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Thrillers, Psychological, Slashers