Psycho 2 (1983)
It’s 22 years since the events of Psycho (1960) and Norman Bates is released from a mental institution, apparently because he has been ‘cured’. However, ‘mother’ rears her ugly head again and people start getting butchered in and around the motel. But can Norman really be behind the killings?
I have to admit, I didn’t like the idea of a sequel in general. I couldn’t fathom how one would follow-up Hitchcock’s horror masterpiece. Yet, this film is a pleasant surprise. It’s certainly not a re-hash of the original and nor is it a by-the-numbers teen slasher flick.
Firstly, Perkins gives another career-defining performance as troubled motel-owner Norman Bates. What is really effective here is the way he manages to play the role of Norman 22 years on from his original performance – the transformation seems effortless and it’s as if Norman’s character has aged in exactly the same way as Perkins himself.
Some may say that this film is purely a vehicle for Perkins to play his character to the hilt. But this would be a very unfair judgement on the two other things which make this film darn good; they are:
- the supporting cast
- the plot