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Psycho III -- Anthony Perkins directs and stars as Norman Bates who is released from prison and returns home to the Bates Motel where he must face the murderously possessive skeleton in his closet.


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Charles Edward Pogue (written by)
Robert Bloch (characters)
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Release Date:
2 July 1986 (USA) See more »
Unlock the Terror. Unlock the Fear. And enter into the All New Nightmare of... See more »
Norman Bates is back again running his "quiet" little motel a month after the events in Psycho II. Norman meets three new people... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Another great addition to the Psycho series! See more (105 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Perkins ... Norman Bates

Diana Scarwid ... Maureen

Jeff Fahey ... Duane

Roberta Maxwell ... Tracy
Hugh Gillin ... Sheriff John Hunt

Lee Garlington ... Myrna
Robert Alan Browne ... Statler
Gary Bayer ... Father Brian
Patience Cleveland ... Sister Margaret
Juliette Cummins ... Red
Steve Guevara ... Deputy Leo
Kay Heberle ... Ruthie

Donovan Scott ... Kyle
Karen Hensel ... Sister Catherine
Jack Murdock ... Lou
Katt Shea ... Patsy (as Katt Shea Ruben)
Hugo Stanger ... Harvey Leach (as Hugo L. Stanger)
Lisa Ives ... Belltower Nun
Angele Ritter ... Bartender
Diane Rodriguez ... Nun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Emma Spool (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mimi Cagnetta ... Nun (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... Norma Bates (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Perkins 
Writing credits
Charles Edward Pogue (written by)

Robert Bloch (characters)

Produced by
Hilton A. Green .... producer
Don Zepfel .... associate producer (as Donald E. Zepfel)
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
Film Editing by
David E. Blewitt  (as David Blewitt)
Casting by
Nancy Nayor 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Set Decoration by
Mickey S. Michaels 
Costume Design by
Peter V. Saldutti 
Marla Denise Schlom 
Makeup Department
Vivian McAteer .... hair stylist
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist
Michael Westmore .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Don Zepfel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Daigler .... first assistant director
Katterli Frauenfelder .... second assistant director
Mike Henry .... second second assistant director
Scott Printz .... dga trainee
Art Department
'Dangerous' Bob Widin .... property master
Kelly Osborn .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Allwine .... sound editor
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor
George Fredrick .... sound editor
Ron Harris .... adr mixer
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Gil Hudson .... adr artist
Jerry Jost .... sound mixer
Angie Luckey .... assistant sound editor
Lorane Mitchell .... sound editor
Joe Parker .... sound editor
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording mixer
James Thompson .... sound recordist (as Jim Thompson)
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Louis R. Cooper .... special effects
Danny Lester .... special effects
Karl G. Miller .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... visual effects
Bill Taylor .... special visual effects
George Cheung .... stunts
Alexandra Kenworthy .... stunt double
Sandra Kenworthy .... stunts
Glenda Moore .... stunts
Kurt Paul .... stunts
Bob Yerkes .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip
Michael Dugan .... underwater cinematographer
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer
Rick Neff .... camera operator (as Richard Neff)
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... second company grip
Michael D. Weldon .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Steven Jacobs .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian O'Dowd .... set costumer
Liza Stewart .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Leslie Sackheim .... apprentice film editor
Leslie Schwartz .... apprentice editor: film
James Seidelman .... assistant editor
Wally Weber .... negative cutter
Music Department
Steve Forman .... musician: percussions
Gary Lux .... scoring mixer
David Sanborn .... musician: saxophone
Transportation Department
Alan Kaminsky .... driver generator operator
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott Griffin)
Booker McClay .... publicist
Ed McDermott II .... stand-in: re-shoots
Lisa J. Watters .... production coordinator
Jeff Winn .... craft service assistant
Brinke Stevens .... body double: Diana Scarwid (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Psicosis 3" - USA (Spanish title)
"Psicosis III" - USA (Spanish title)
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93 min | Australia:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (re-release) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1986) | France:-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1986) | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2003) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: On arrival back from the restaurant, the light in Mrs Bates' bedroom is on. However, when Maureen looks towards it and sees the figure at the window, the light is off.See more »
[first lines]
Maureen Coyle:There is no God!
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Movie Connections:
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Who is the murderer, and why?
What's the truth behind Norman's parentage?
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Another great addition to the Psycho series!, 29 September 2001

Psycho III is not better then the first 2. But it is still really good. It stars Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, and Roberta Maxwell.

plot: A nun named Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid) accidently murders another nun, so she runs away. She hitchhikes on the road, a guitar player named Duke (Jeff Fahey) picks her up. Later on that night, Duke tries to rape Maureen, but she escapes and walks the rest of the way. Duke needs a job because he needs money to get to LA to become a rock star. He goes to Bates Motel, where the original psycho Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is the manager. Norman makes Duke the assistant manager. Norman goes to the diner and runs into a reporter named Tracy (Roberta Maxwell) who wants to interveiw him about the people he killed. But he sees Maureen with a suitcase with the initials M.C on it. Norman thinks its Marion Crane, the girl he killed in the shower in the original, and she has returned from the grave. So Norman freaks out and leaves. Maureen tries to kill herself in the bathtub while a new killer in the black dress and grey wig wants to kill her, so Norman runs to her aid. He brings her to the hospital. Later on, Norman lets her stay at the motel. And later on girls at the motel start to get killed. Who is it? Has Norman returned to insanity? Is Duke willing to kill to get to LA? Will the reporter kill to get her story? Find out who is behind the black dress and grey wig this time, and rent or buy Psycho III!

This has the basic 80's slasher stuff: nudity, gore, unknown killer, and horny teens. If you like the original Psycho, the 2nd Psycho, or like 80's slashers, rent or buy Psycho III!

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