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Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  10 November 1990 (USA)
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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 PYSCHO fears that he ... See full summary »

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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 PYSCHO fears that he may kill again for his beloved is impregnated with his child and Norman cannot let another PYSCHO loose in the civilized world. Written by Eric Creed

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


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The only one of the Psycho sequels to use Bernard Herrmann's theme. See more »

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Norman states that the "last murders" occurred "four years ago," referring to events in Psycho III. That film, like Psycho II, was set in 1982. Psycho IV was broadcast in 1990; therefore, Norman should have said the last murders occurred eight years ago. See more »

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Norman: All that faith and no potatoes.
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A decent manner to end the Psycho series.
1 August 2006 | by (Noctropolis) – See all my reviews

I first watched "Psycho IV" when I rented it on the early 90's. I was a big fan of Psycho II and I respected Psycho. Psycho III was a big disappointment so I thought that part IV would be at least, a decent slasher.

This pre-quel is not as bad as you may think. It explores Norman's origins and tries to reach a conclusion about his personality. To me, it worked. Norman is not the villain anymore and the director makes sure about that because he displays a victimized, sick Norman.

The ending is a perfect way to end the Psycho series which were far from being bad. Part II is excellent, unlike Part III which is a boring slasher flick. Part IV deserves the watch for it's ending and because it's Anthony Perkins' last hurrah as Norman Bates.


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