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".
Anthony Perkins actively boycotted this film in interviews and television appearances in the months leading up to its release. He thought the film was an exploitative cash-in on Psycho III, which he had directed less than a year earlier. Perkins felt that the continuity of the "Psycho" franchise had been ruined by the Bates Motel storyline, which started off with the Norman Bates character having died in the mental institution.