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Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

Norman Bates recalls his days as a young boy living with his schizophrenic mother while fearing his unborn child will inherit his split personality disorder.

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Norman Bates returns for this prequel, once more having mommy trouble. This time around he is invited to share memories of mom with a radio talk show host, but the PSYCHO fears that he may kill again for his beloved is impregnated with his child and Norman cannot let another PSYCHO loose in the civilized world. Written by Eric Creed

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You've met Norman... now meet mother.


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Rated R for violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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10 November 1990 (USA)  »

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In the opening credits, the various shots of Norman's birthday cake being made were done by a real baker. See more »

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In the first murder scene when Norman checks on 'Mother' (which is a corpse) from over her shoulder, mother's corpse is blinking and moving during a behind shot. See more »

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[Norman is on top of Norma]
Norma Bates: Get off of me! You are going to forget once and for all about that filthy thing of yours! You'll forget that you even have one of those things! Do you understand me, boy?
[Norma puts a dress and lipstick on Norman]
Norma Bates: There, that should help you forget it. See, look at yourself, boy. Girl. Yes, girl.
Young Norman Bates: No, not a girl.
Norma Bates: Mama's little girl.
[puts him in the closet]
Young Norman Bates: No. No, Mother, please! Please, Mother. Don't leave me here.
Norma Bates: [opens door, hands him a pitcher] Here, take this! ...
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Good-bye To The Bates Motel
9 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this the last movie of the Psycho series, Norman has flashbacks to his youth and the circumstances that made him the man he became. There is a sort of bittersweet nostalgia to the memories and the circumstances as well as some loopholes in the continuity. A bathroom appears in mother's room where one never was and the fight scene takes away from the fact that Mrs. Bates and her lover were believed to have poisoned themselves in bed. I guess Norman could have dragged them back up there, but then you'd think that the police at the time would have found evidence of tampering with the murder scene. Well, this is a small town; they wouldn't have expected such a grandiose plot from such a then expected "nice young man." Olivia Hussey does a good job portraying the shrewish and demented Norma Bates and Henry Thomas of E.T. fame forgets that role to emote Perkins as Bates from the first movie. Putting an end to the Bates legacy sends Norman tripping through memories of his infamous past as the ghosts of his victims come to haunt him, but the ghost of Marion Crane herself is conspicuously absent as it was her who started the series by stealing his boss's money. Otherwise, this is a great end to one of Hollywood's most memorable move series.


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