Psycho II (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  3 June 1983 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Gillin ...
Claudia Bryar ...
Robert Alan Browne ...
Ben Hartigan ...
Tim Maier ...
Jill Carroll ...
Deputy Pool
Tom Holland ...
Deputy Norris
Michael Lomazow ...


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 alfiehitchie

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It's 22 years later, and Norman Bates is coming home. See more »


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Release Date:

3 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Psicosis 2  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$32,000,000 (USA)

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Oscar winning director Quentin Tarantino has stated that he prefers this film rather than the first one. See more »


The knife as Norman cuts the sandwich. See more »


[first lines]
Norman Bates: [voice-over] Mother, oh God, Mother. Blood! Blood!
Judge: The basis of the staff report Norman Bates is judged returned to sanity and is ordered released at will.
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Piano Sonata Op. 13 'Pathétique'
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Actually not as bad as I expected, but it defeats he whole purpose of the first classic thriller
30 April 2008 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I don't know why, but when I was shopping for DVD's at Best Buy I found the triple feature for all the Psycho sequels, it was ten dollars, so I figured what the heck? So I bought it and I watched Psycho 2 last night, it actually was not as bad as I expected. It was an interesting plot and made the story work, I'm not going to say that it was un-necessary, yeah, Psycho did not need a sequel, but it wasn't a bad movie to watch. My only problem with the film, the blood, Hitchcock did something that made the first film scary, he left things to the imagination, the mind's power and thought is more powerful than seeing something and jumping so quickly to conclusion. Psycho 2 shows a lot more blood and gore. But Anthony Perkins performs well and makes Psycho 2 worth the watch.

Norman Bates is back in business, he is released from the mental institution, but when Lila Loomis finds out about this, she freaks out and sends her daughter, Mary into undercover duty to try to get Norman back where he belongs. But something is odd, Norman seems actually like he could have a normal life, just everyone is playing tricks on him to where he's loosing his mind once again, or is he? Mary tries to keep a cool Norman so she's not the next Marian Craine.

Psycho 2 is over all a decent sequel, I wouldn't mind watching it again actually. The story keeps your attention and there are some chilling moments. It was a little predictable I think, I had a feeling with Mary, that her story wouldn't end so well, but it's all good, you'll have to see what I mean. Psycho 2 is worth the watch if you loved the first Psycho, just like I said, I think they did mess up on showing too much blood and gore, Hitchcock got it right by leaving it to the imagination.


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