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This review is from: Psycho II: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Now declared legally sane, Norman Bates is released from a mental institution after spending 22 years in confinement over the protests of Marion Crane's sister Lila Loomis.
She insists that he's still a killer and that the court's indifference to his victims by releasing him is a gross miscarriage of justice.
Norman returns to his motel and the old Victorian mansion where his troubles started, and history predictably begins to repeat itself.....
It sounded like such a silly idea at the time. Release a belated sequel to one of the finest movies ever made. Blatant cash in? It was like having a straight to DVD sequel to The Sixth Sense.
But hey, the film works brilliantly, and as a standalone film, its solid.
Yes the opening scene does feature the shower sequence, which is a little concerning, but Perkins puts in an amazing performance as the tortured Bates.
But it's the twists and turns of the movie that really holds attention. If this was made now, it'd go straight for the gore factor, and have some nameless person playing Normans son, going on a rampage.
But the makers have gone step beyond the appreciation factor, by having a very feasible narrative that compliments the first movie.
Fuse camera-work is wonderful here, and the last shot of Perkins standing outside the house, is beautifully sinister.
It takes a couple of viewings to really get the jist of the complex plot, but all in all, it was worth the long wait.