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273 Ratings

Psycho II

Directed by Richard Franklin
United States, 1983
Horror, Thriller


After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes, and his mother, continue to haunt him.

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Psycho II Directed by Richard Franklin

Awards & Festivals

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1984 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture

Critics reviews

The film’s one distinction is that it isn’t as bad as you might initially reasonably expect it to be, and it isn’t a true folly like Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake, but this forgettable competency quickly grows grating. Psycho II manages to refashion the raw materials of an authentically dangerous horror film into a soporific personal-remedy video randomly replete with fatal kitchen utensils.
September 19, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Psycho II

    Defying expectations, "Psycho II" has aged like a fine wine. I suppose cinematography by Dean Cundey, a screenplay courtesy of "Fright Night's" Tom Holland, and a Jerry Goldsmith score will do that for you, but the heart of the film is Anthony Perkins, still very much the awkward but polite man-child. The rather brilliant twist here is making him an object of our sympathy. And bravo to the practical gore effects.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Psycho II

    A chilling and eerie sequel that actually works. Perkins faded boyish charisma melded with an underlying madness is great to watch. Tilly is also great sparring off with the unhinged Perkins. The support cast is colorful and great to watch. Goldsmiths score is also a standout for me. Sure, it is very plot heavy and slow sometimes but when the third reel gives us a grim final twist all is forgiven.

  • Frankly, Mr. Shankly's rating of the film Psycho II

    Maybe unnecessary (certainly risky), but a very effective thriller with well-dosed suspense scenes. A worthy watching, except for the opening, which could've been avoided. Also, Meg Tilly is quite lovely.

  • Rocco's rating of the film Psycho II

    Dims none of the original’s shine and expands and reflects upon it in fascinating, smart ways. Holland’s script is a slithery, twisting marvel that constantly throws the viewer off center without feeling cheap. Cundey and Franklin mirror the script’s thematic callbacks with visual ones, creating a circuitous, fate-haunted piece of work that lends depth and a sense of myth to one of cinema’s most iconic villains.

  • João R.'s rating of the film Psycho II

    I would normally advise against trying to stretch out such an iconic and outstanding movie as "Pyscho", but I'll admit that I found the storytelling clever and stimulating enough to keep me interested. A good addition to the Bates' storyline.

  • A.B. II: The Return's rating of the film Psycho II

    Despite some narrative hiccups and a few cheesy moments, I actually really like this film. There's plenty of good suspense and some interesting murder sequences. But, most importantly, I like how it examines the character of Norman Bates, getting beyond the psychosis and into more of the tragic aspects of the man himself. I'll even admit that I prefer Perkins' performance in this film over the original.

  • RBCrickmar's rating of the film Psycho II

    There are plenty of campy delights to be found in Richard Franklin's knowing homage to the original. Perkins' peculiarness in the lead role is what gives the film much of its edginess, as you're never wholly convinced that Norman is psycho. The fact that the film is a retread of the original and yet it still manages to have a suspenseful atmosphere is down to Perkins' capacity to imbue Norman with such gentleness.

  • Antoine Tremblay's rating of the film Psycho II

    While not in the same league as the original Hitchcock masterpiece, Psycho II is deserving of it's cult status it seems to have gain over the years. Fantastic atmosphere, Perkins gave his career best performance in this one and the score is amazing. A must watch. Tarantino prefers this to the first of the franchise. It may be a bit too much to say but still, criminally underrated. 5 stars just to boost the ratings.

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