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(1987 TV Movie)

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Despite popular belief, Anthony Perkins never boycotted the film. At a 1988 horror convention, Perkins stated that he had no involvement in the film and that he watched it when it originally aired. He called the film: "just terrible".
Bud Cort called actor Anthony Perkins when he was cast as Alex West, seeking advice on how to prepare for the film. Perkins told him to get into shape by doing push ups.
Kurt Paul, who plays Norman Bates, was Anthony Perkins' stunt double in Psycho II (1983) and Psycho III (1986), and in Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) he portrayed another "mother killer" being interviewed on a talk show. He is the only actor who appeared in all of the Psycho sequels.
This film was originally planned as a pilot (90 minutes long TV- movie) for a possible TV series. But due to low-ratings and lack of interest from an audience, producers shelved the idea.
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The original house and motel exteriors were used for the production. The alterations that took place in the film remained, until 1993, on the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour.
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The VHS release was difficult to obtain and TV airings were sparse so the film became popular in bootlegging circles until 2013 when amazon.com officially offered it as a burn-on-demand title.
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The opening shot of the Psycho house was taken from Psycho II (1983).
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