#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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, who 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.
Plot: After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, serial killer Norman Bates is finally released. Deciding to move back into his long-dead mother’s infamous old house, he soon finds himself tormented by ‘her’ demands and begins to question his own sanity.
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We all go a little sequel crazy sometimes.
22 years after the murderous and maniacal events at Bates Motel, Norman Bates, freshly released from a mental institution, is back home; and the spectre of ”Mother” is waiting to greet him.
We could say it was a cynical attempt at latching onto the coat tails of the 1980s slasher boom, but in spite of having the unenviable task of being a sequel to a masterpiece, Psycho II is a rather nifty sequel.
Director Richard Franklin is helped by having Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles heading up the cast list, this gives the film instant credibility, and while the mighty spectre of Hitchcock looms large, Franklin doesn’t copy the maestro and brings his own visual smarts to the piece.
Tom Holland’s screenplay doesn’t mimic either, expanding the Bates story with a series of quality twists whilst keeping the mystery element strong and the gripping factor on the high heat. Dean Cundey (cinematography) and Jerry Goldsmith (music) round out the strong points of the film’s tech credits.
Not to be dismissed as a lazy cash in, this is well worth a look. Great ending as well! 7/10
When phantoms of the past won’t let you live in peace
After 22 years at an asylum, Norman Bates (Anthony Hopkins) is declared sane and released, which is radically opposed by Lila Loomis, AKA Lila Crane from the original movie (Vera Miles). Norman goes back to his deceased mother’s house & motel where he befriends a compassionate local waitress (Meg Tilly). Unfortunately, some unforgiving locals won’t let him live in peace.
The first half of “Psycho II” (1983) is a compelling continuation of the classic 1960 film whereupon there’s an unexpected plot development around the mid-point (which is great, by the way).
From there, the events tend to bog down inside the creepy house with somewhat contrived twists & turns as the creators try to keep you confused as to who’s killing who. Thankfully, everything is sort of explained at the end with another revelation and what happened makes sense if you think about it. I say “sort of” because the truth isn’t fully spelled out. I appreciate that the film respects the intelligence of the viewer, but they should’ve made it a little clearer IMHO.
In any case, “Psycho II” includes several elements of the original while expanding on the story.
What’s great about the Psycho franchise is that it has its own story and Norman is a sympathetic character. It’s really a tragedy and not like the typical slasher where the antagonist is a zombie-like killing machine and its victims are mostly partying teenagers.
The film runs 1 hour, 53 minutes and, like the first film, was shot at the backlot of Universal Studios, Universal City, California.
EXPLANATION ***SPOILER ALERT*** (Don’t read further unless you’ve seen the film)
Miss Spool killed Toomey, the boy and Lila. Mary’s killing of Dr. Raymond was unintentional. Lila was a vindictive biyatch, but she wasn’t a killer. The only time Norman kills anyone is Miss Spool at the end. As far as her being Norman’s real mother or not, see “Psycho III” (1986).
Ranks as #1 in the “better than you’d think”- category
Safe to say that Psycho II suffers from all the prejudices possible. Numberless elements could be used as an excuse to avoid this movie and to place it among other pointless and money-making sequels. Brought out 22 years after the original masterpiece by Hitchcock himself, I can imagine that many fans refuse to give a subjective look at it. Very wrong, though!! Number two is a very worthy and underrated sequel, which brings perfect homage to the Master of Suspense best film. Even though Franklin can’t fully live up to Hitchcock’s style, he shows a pretty intense and mind-blowing story here. Franklin obviously worships Hitchcock (which was also clear in one of his previous films – Patrick) and this sequels is made with nothing but respect and goodwill. The very creative script – written by Tom Holland – has more than enough positive aspects and perplexing twists to consider the entire movie a triumph. Sure, some of the twists are far-fetched but overall the continuation of the Psycho couldn’t be better. It actually takes place 22 years later with Norman Bates judged sane and released from the mental institution. Some people immediately want to forgive and forget but some others are convinced that Norman will soon go crazy again. This last group of people also has a complete plan worked out to make Norman snap again. Soon there are people dying again in the infamous Bates ‘ Motel but who is the vicious murderer this time??? Psycho II manages to keep you guessing the entire movie and the terrific acting performance by Anthony Perkins keeps you even closer to the screen. If you were a fan of the original masterpiece ( and I can’t imagine anyone isn’t a fan of that ), make sure you catch this sequel too!! There were made two more sequels after this but you can easily skip then….and whatever you do…keep your hands off the Gus Van Sant remake of 1998. I wish I had!!
A worthy sequel and pretty well executed. Would recommend
Making a sequel to a great movie like “Psycho” by the master of suspense himself Alfred Hitchcock may not be sound like a good idea. When I found out that three sequels and a remake of the original exist I thought that they weren’t really necessary seeing as “Psycho” has become timeless in its presentation and didn’t really need a follow up. So out of my curiosity I decided to look at “Psycho II” and with low expectations.
But after watching it the first time, I was quite impressed with both the way it was filmed (similar to Hitchcock’s classic) and with the storyline for the film. Including the references to Bernard Herrmann’s soundtrack (the sequel soundtrack is composed by Jerry Goldsmith, who was a friend of Herrmann) and the little references to such as Marion Crane’s other name “Mary Samuels”, Arbogast’s cut on his face being reflected in the death of the assistant motel manager, and much more. After rewatching it again recently I thought I might give my views on the 1983 sequel.
Taking place 22 years after Alfred Hitchcock’s original, Norman Bates (again played by Anthony Perkins) is released back into society, but is objected to by Lila Crane – who is now Lila Loomis (as in Marion’s lover from the original film Sam Loomis) (again played by Vera Miles). As Norman makes a friend in a Diner waitress, Mary (Meg Tilly), the murders start happening again. Who could it be this time: Norman? Norman’s mother? Or someone else?
The formula of Psycho II retains a fair amount of the psychological aspect from the 1960 black and white masterpiece but also tries to incorporate a “who-done-it” murder mystery angle. One the first time seeing this movie there was a twist I personally did not expect along with some details I thought hinted at someone else aside from Mrs. Spool (Claudia Bryar) being the killer.
While I do enjoy this ambitious follow up to one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest works I won’t deny that Psycho II has its flaws, such as how the acting in some places (here and there) seems a little bit off and that there are some plot points that could have been either elaborated on or dropped from the finished film.
I think one example of the acting would be the scene where the teenager is murdered in the fruit cellar – the expression on the actor’s face doesn’t fully express the horror of a knife-wielding maniac in an old woman’s dress approaching you ready to kill.
For the plot points, the “adoptive mother” angle sort of works but at the same time it doesn’t. I think this because of this plot device has become quite cliche in some movies across other genres outside of the horror genre, however it can be an interesting device if executed correctly.
Another plot point that has had me thinking a bit was Mary being the killer. While the film tries to subvert what the audience thinks about who’s the real killer (which we’re lead to believe is Mrs. Spool). Though it does work but also doesn’t at the same time (in my opinion), it also raises many questions. And I consider this to be a good thing in the context of some horror movies. For a Psycho film, I cannot really tell if it does or doesn’t.
On one hand it does work because that can show the audience (possibly) a new side to Norman Bates or maybe unearth something about his past which wasn’t mentioned in Psycho. Plus we could have seen what Mrs. Bates is like as a living character rather than a taxidermied corpse (maybe more monstrous than Norman’s alter ego of his mother).
However, on the other, it doesn’t work because that could complicate the storyline as it sound quite fantastical and out there. Plus I also think that trying to explore the mind and backstory of Norman Bates sort of takes away a lot of the mystery and disturbing features about him.
It is food for thought about whatever made Mary kill people as Mother, if she was the one behind it (I may have to retrace some steps about this idea).
Some of the things I like about this sequel are the soundtrack composed by Jerry Goldsmith, which is what I personally find to be not only one of his best but also underrated pieces of work with nods to Bernard Hermman’s original music, such as the theme where Arbogast is walking up the stairs in the first film which is paid homage to in the scene where Mary prepares to take a shower, or the part of the score where Norman and Mary are fighting we hear that small segment of the shower theme from the original music. To me the soundtrack of Psycho II is a twisted mixture of suspense, terror, and doomed romance. One example of this is with the main title motif being used in the scene where Norman and Mary hold each other as they’re barricaded inside the room until the morning, and then ending with that creepy “downfall” of violin strings.
Another aspect about Psycho II I liked was the cinematography. I liked how the filmmakers took inspiration from the principal cinematography of Hitchcock’s Psycho as well as adding new cinematic shots for the film.
In conclusion I would say that Psycho II is a well crafted horror follow up to the forerunner movie of the slasher genre, and it is worth the watch.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 53 min (113 min)
Genre Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Richard Franklin
Writer Tom Holland, Robert Bloch (characters)
Actors Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia
Country USA, Australia
Awards 2 nominations.
Production Company Universal Pictures
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,110 m (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm