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Psycho III (1986)

Norman Bates falls in love with a nun - which makes his "mother" jealous - who has visited the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Gillin ...
Robert Alan Browne ...
Gary Bayer ...
Juliette Cummins ...
Steve Guevara ...
Deputy Leo
Kay Heberle ...
Karen Hensel ...
Jack Murdock ...


Norman Bates is back again running his "quiet" little motel a month after the events in Psycho II. Norman meets three new people, one being a beautiful young nun with whom his budding relationship is beginning to make his "Mother" jealous. He also hires a young man in need of a job to take care of the motel. A snooping reporter is showing interest in Norman's case. What will these new friends do for Norman? Written by nxvaeh

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Release Date:

2 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Psicosis 3  »

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$14,481,606 (USA)

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Anthony Perkins originally wanted to use a stunt woman for the scene where Duane throws Red out of the motel room. Juliette Cummins convinced Perkins to not use a stunt double and did her own stunt for that scene. See more »


Close examination of the newspaper on Norman's kitchen table near the beginning of the film ("Emma Spool still missing") reveals that identical random paragraphs of text are repeated in adjacent articles. See more »


[first lines]
Maureen Coyle: There is no God!
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Music by Carter Burwell
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Performed by Carter Burwell, Steve Bray, & David Sanborn
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"Norman Bates directs Norman Bates,"
29 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

*** This comment may contain spoilers ***

...read the introduction of Psycho III on TV. I was excited to watch Anthony Perkins's directorial debut, but I must say that this film had so much more potential to be better than it was.

Psycho III in several ways, is better than Psycho II. It reveals much more about Norman as a person, not just a crazy old man with a mental illness. Anthony Perkins once told David Letterman of the Psycho franchise that "They're not really horror movies. They're tragedies." I really felt sympathy for Norman in this sequel above all the others. There is not a better word to describe everything about Norman than tragic.

Psycho III contains a lot of 'familar' scenes. The bell tower scene at the beginning inspired from Vertigo, when Norman's 'girlfriend' Maureen fell down the stairs of the home, done exactly the same way Detective Arbogast fell in the original film; 'floaty' like. After Norman 'saved' Maureen from her attempt at suicide, they have a quick heart-to-heart, in which Norman says "We all go a little mad sometimes," a famous quote from the original. Clearly Perkins wanted to pay homage to the Master of Suspense.

On to his performance - wonderful as always, but I can't help noticing that a lot of the Bates trademark movements and facial expressions were brought back in this sequel, some unnecessarily so. Sometimes it seemed as if Norman was parodying himself. Jeff Fahey as Duke, a musician with a cocky surfer boy personality was an interesting contrast.

Overall, I think Perkins should be given more credit. Sure, it isn't perfect - but I think it has a lot more heart. I think if certain scenes were removed, it would have been a lot better, particularly the end of the film where he brings back the infamous grinning 'stare.' It counteracts with what Norman overcame only a scene ago. But Psycho III doesn't deserve such a low rating. It's definitely worth a look - but don't expect a masterpiece. 6/10.

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