It's 22 years later, and Norman Bates is coming home. So goes the tag line for the sequel to the 1960's Hitchcock classic Psycho. I consider the original Psycho to be a perfect horror film, so anything that would follow is going to fall short of the mark. Surprisingly, Psycho 2 is a really great film in its own right. Returning is Anthony Perkins as Normal Bates, reprising his iconic role. He fills his mother's shoes with just the right amount of crazy. He doesn't need to say a thing. It's the gleam in his eye that says Mama's back in town. Or is she? Also returning is Vera Miles as Lila Loomis, the sister of Marion Crane who was murdered in the infamous shower scene in the original film. Joining the cast is Meg Tilly as Mary Loomis, the daughter of Lila.
The acting is wonderful and the plot is full of twists and turns. Psycho 2 is a great example of how a sequel should work. It starts with plenty of references from the original and then ventures into unknown territory, expanding the mythology and building on the firm foundation of the original story. Director Richard Franklin has the cajones to step into Hitchcock's shoes. Thankfully, he doesn't try to duplicate the original but gives the material his own sense of pacing and storytelling that is perfect for 1980's audiences. It still holds up well over 25 years later and doesn't seem dated at all.
I could go on but it's better for you to simply rent this baby and enjoy the film. If all sequels were this good we would be most fortunate indeed!
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