Perkins made his film debut in The Actress (1953). He received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor and an Academy Award nomination for his second film, Friendly Persuasion (1956). The tall (6’2") Perkins also portrayed the troubled former Boston Red Sox baseball player Jimmy Piersall in the 1957 true story
Fear Strikes Out.
Following this, he released three pop albums in 1957 and 1958 on Epic and RCA as “Tony Perkins”. His single “Moon-Light Swim” was a hit in the United States, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1957. He starred with Shirley Booth and Shirley MacLaine in the film The Matchmaker (1958).
He also acted on the stage. In 1958, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Look Homeward, Angel on Broadway. During this time he also starred in Green Mansions (1959) with Audrey Hepburn and the college comedy Tall Story (1960) with… read more
On the one hand, it's a little ridiculous to even discuss the first, second, & third sequels to a film as accomplished, transgressive, and distincitve as the original; sequels seem immediately pointless and derivative. On the other hand, Perkins here draws liberally both from all of Hitchcock's mythology (the opening is a reworking of *Vertigo's* bell tower scenes/themes, e.g.) and, I'd have to guess,
Perkins' experience filming Russell's *Crimes of Passion* two years earlier. I do wish that this sequel included Perkins' *Psycho II* performance (and Vera Miles), but in all other ways it is a superior psychosexual slasher. (I'm always mystified by people who find Franklin's installment "taut" and "well-paced"—I've found it, each time I've watched it, much like Franklin's other thrillers: too long, too slow, poor in its pacing; also often uninspired in terms of direction.) Here we get scenes of Bava-esque lighting and kill scenes that recall the heyday of the slasher. It's not on the same planet as the original, but as a standalone 80s riff on slashers, it works better than a lot of the others I've seen.
While it's nowhere near the league of Hitchcock's masterpiece, this sequel is entertaining enough in a cheesy sort of way - even if it really is nothing more than a slightly above average slasher movie. Anthony Perkins turns out to be a fairly competent director, even if he is a bit past his prime as an actor.