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Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

Norman Bates recalls his childhood with his abusive mother while fearing his unborn child will inherit his split personality disorder.

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Chet Rudolph (as Thomas Schuster)
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George Emeric
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Ellen Stevens
Doreen Chalmers ...
Mrs. Lane
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Storyline

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 (Norman Bates) is the only actor to reprise his role from any of the previous "Psycho" films. 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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[Norma starts to hit Norman]
Young Norman Bates: What's the matter? What did I do?
Norma Bates: Nothing, nothing, nothing!
Young Norman Bates: Then why are you hitting me?
Norma Bates: Who else can I hit?
[gives him the newspaper]
Norma Bates: There not going to build it where the highway is. No, because from there the world would still be able to see us. It's gonna be miles away. Nobody will even know we're here!
Norma Bates: They're putting us out of business. What am I going to do? How will we live? You, you're just like my father. Never a drop of sympathy!
Young Norman Bates: I'm sorry.
Norma Bates: Sorry for what?...
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Good-bye To The Bates Motel
9 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this the last movie of the Psycho series, Norman has flashbacks to his youth and the circumstances that made him the man he became. There is a sort of bittersweet nostalgia to the memories and the circumstances as well as some loopholes in the continuity. A bathroom appears in mother's room where one never was and the fight scene takes away from the fact that Mrs. Bates and her lover were believed to have poisoned themselves in bed. I guess Norman could have dragged them back up there, but then you'd think that the police at the time would have found evidence of tampering with the murder scene. Well, this is a small town; they wouldn't have expected such a grandiose plot from such a then expected "nice young man." Olivia Hussey does a good job portraying the shrewish and demented Norma Bates and Henry Thomas of E.T. fame forgets that role to emote Perkins as Bates from the first movie. Putting an end to the Bates legacy sends Norman tripping through memories of his infamous past as the ghosts of his victims come to haunt him, but the ghost of Marion Crane herself is conspicuously absent as it was her who started the series by stealing his boss's money. Otherwise, this is a great end to one of Hollywood's most memorable move series.


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