A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
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. Written by
Meg Tilly's character's name, Mary Samuels, is a reference to the original Psycho (1960). In that film Marion Crane signs her name as Marie Samuels in the Bates Motel. The book upon which the film was based had Marion named "Mary". See more »
The kid's finger marks on the window in the fruit cellar as he's being attacked and when his girlfriend runs away are totally different. See more »
Mother, oh God, Mother. Blood! Blood!
The basis of the staff report Norman Bates is judged returned to sanity and is ordered released at will.
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I first saw this movie as a horror loving kid, and I loved it. But then, as a grownup, I was reluctant to watch it again since so many films I loved as a kid turned out to be junk, after all. Since I'm a big Meg Tilly fan, I kinda wanted to keep my good memories... so I watched it again, for the same reason (go figure).
Well, it was even better than I remembered. Anthony Perkins gives a truly moving performance, and it's an accomplishment in itself considering the fact that it's an 80's horror movie - not to mentioned the legacy of the first. But the actor proposed a completely convincing continuation of the character. And yes, Tilly is quite good; not at all your average damsel in distress. I wish she'd consider a comeback (she was the ultimate wicked step-mom in Body Snatchers).
All in all, a very nice surprise, and certainly no disgrace to the original.
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