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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Mitchell ...
Tom Schuster ...
Chet Rudolph (as Thomas Schuster)
Sharen Camille ...
Bobbi Evors ...
Kurt Paul ...
Louis Crume ...
George Emeric
Cynthia Garris ...
Ellen Stevens
Doreen Chalmers ...
Mrs. Lane
Mother (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Psicosis IV: El comienzo  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Contrary to popular belief, only one ending was shot for the film. Director Mick Garris has stated in interviews that Janet Leigh saying in her introduction for the broadcast on Showtime that multiple endings were shot was just a publicity stunt by Universal. See more »


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 »


Norman Bates: Just me and my trusty umbrella.
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I Love It
2 December 2001 | by (Everett, WA) – See all my reviews

I Love It. At last we get to go back where It All Started. For Years I Had Always Wished I Could Find out what happened before Psycho. Know We Know. I Also Like This Film because we Can Understand Norman More. Know why he Commits such Devious Crimes. I Also Had been Waiting to "Meet" Mother. A Must Have For All Psycho Fans.

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