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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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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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Trivia

The film takes place in 1940, in 1949, on July 4, 1951 and in 1990. See more »

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In Psycho, Norman told Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) that he was five when his father died. In this film, he says that he was six at the time. 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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A few interesting twists...
1 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you liked the earlier sequels (with of course, the first one being inimitable) you may find this entertaining.

Tony Perkins seems deranged as ever, and there are some interesting conversations between him and CCH Pounder, (a radio shrink) as she tries to uncover what made Norman Bates the way he is...nature or nurture?... It may be genetic, but it could also have been his mother played by Olivia Hussey, a deranged woman who has an inappropriate relationship with her son.

Henry Thomas ("E.T." and "Beyond Obesession", among others) is sad and affecting as the young Norman Bates, who tries to be a good son to his mother, until she realizes he has become a man, wherein she begins to flip out.

Overall, for die-hard fans of the "Psycho" sequels.


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