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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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When Anthony Perkins saw the first screening of the film, he called it the best out of all the Psycho sequels. See more »

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When Norman rips the apple apart with his hands, we see him take a bite & the apple is already brown. This wouldn't happen for several minutes. See more »

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Connie Bates: No Norman! No more blood.
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Follows Bates Motel (1987) See more »

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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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