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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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When filming the first murder scene, Henry Thomas got so involved in the stabbing that part of the knife went into his hand which caused some nerve damage. To this day he still has a scar. See more »

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In "Psycho II" Norman says he was 12 years old when he murdered his mother; in "Psycho IV" he is at least 15. See more »

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Chet Rudolph: Your not a girl are ya? Your mother swore to me you were a boy and she even said you were well hung. Well that's what she said!
Young Norman Bates: Shut up!
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Another good addition to the Psycho series.
25 April 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Psycho IV: The Beginning was an enjoyable movie in my opinion. I really loved the character Fran Ambrose and CCH Pounder's performance. This film is quite disturbing at times, but I think it's a nice touch. I just don't understand why this film was made only for cable. It was decent, and far above average for a made for TV/straight to video film. As with all sequels, this film does seem to have some plot holes and continuity errors, but it is, in general a decent sequel to Hitchcock's masterpiece. I think that Psycho II was the best sequel in the series, but I like Psycho III and IV the same. They are all great films. Also this film is nowhere near as violent or bloody as Psycho III.

A great TV movie. With a few minor changes, you wouldn't know that this was made for TV!!

Highly recommended!


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