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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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Anthony Perkins and Psycho III (1986) screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue originally pitched an idea for Psycho IV that had Norman's house and motel getting turned into a tourist attraction for horror weekends. Norman then escapes from the mental institution with a mute patient and the actor who was set to play Norman Bates for the horror weekend quits and Norman comes home and gets hired to play himself. Pogue claims that it was meant to be a black comedy but Universal opposed the idea. See more »

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Norman uses strychnine to poison his mother and her lover. The lethal dose of strychnine is around 10mg and Norman's bottle reads 1.5mg/oz. He puts a maximum of 4oz into the ice-tea. Even if his mother and her lover drank the whole pitcher, it would have hardly killed them. Furthermore, strychnine is one of the most bitter substances known to man, it's highly unlikely to be swallowed by accident, even in very small doses. See more »

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Dr. Leo Richmond: This abuse your mother heaped on you, you didn't mind it so long as it was just the two of you, isn't that what you're trying to say?
Dr. Leo Richmond: As bad as it was, it was okay, perhaps even enjoyable until she brought home a boyfriend?
Dr. Leo Richmond: Could it be there was a little jealousy there, Ed?
Norman Bates: If the doctor's trying to turn this into some kind of an incest tragedy, tell him to forget it, Fran.
Fran Ambrose: Forget it, Doc.
Norman Bates: I mean, if it was that kind of thing, I wouldn't have killed all those other women, would I?
Dr. Leo Richmond: How many did ...
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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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