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Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Mitchell ...
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Chet Rudolph (as Thomas Schuster)
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George Emeric
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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 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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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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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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 »


[last lines]
Mother: Let me out of here! Norman! You hear me, boy? LET ME OUT!
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Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »

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Surprisingly Enjoyable.
30 September 1999 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

After an onslaught of mass murder in PSYCHO III, Norman Bates is a nice suburban home, with a lovely wife, and a new problem. He has to kill again.

Norman Bates, once again played excellently by the late, great and highly-talented Anthony Perkins, calls in to a radio talk-back show, where the topic of the night is matricide. Norman relives his past, and through these flashbacks we finally meet "Mother" -- played wonderfully by Olivia Hussey (man, she is SCARY!).

This film is a delightful surprise....there's not much bad to say about it. Henry Thomas captures "young Norman Bates" nicely, though I remember Norman Bates as being a bit more polite and friendly than portrayed here....but he still pulls off a good job as a mentally-abused and opressed psychopath in the makings.

Be aware, that this is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 15. No, it isn't "shocking," but there are strong incestual undertones. They are necassary, however, because they give more valid reasons for Norman's descent into sick obsession, rather than "He had a domineering mother," which we've all known for years.

PSYCHO IV has alot of character as a film, and is hard to forget. Perhaps the best sequel of the three.

Highly Recommended.

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