Surprisingly good third outing for Norman. The movie might lack serious scares and the air of mystery that enveloped the other movies, but this movie succeeds nevertheless. This is a more tragic and human story about how history repeats itself and that some people are doomed by design. Perkins direction is solid but he could have eased on the callbacks to the original in my opinion. A fitting end and a good watch!
As much as I enjoy "Psycho II," there's a lot here that feels like a needed course correction: the return of classic Hitchcock iconography, putting to bed the notion that Mrs. Bates wasn't Norman's mother, and embracing a shadowy Southern Gothic atmosphere. With so much to orchestrate as director, Perkins seems to have less attention to devote to his performance, but the conclusion feels a fitting end for Norman.
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.
This third installment of Psycho (directed by Perkins himself) is actually surprisingly good. Psycho 4 is also worth checking out (as long as you ignore the contradictions and minor potholes each sequel provides).