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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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George Emeric
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Ellen Stevens
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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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Kurt Paul (Raymond Linette) previously served as Anthony Perkins's stunt double in Psycho II (1983) and Psycho III (1986). He also played Norman Bates in Bates Motel (1987). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Norma finds pornography in Norman's bedroom]
Norma Bates: You dirty little pig! Take that right out to the garbage!
[Norman starts to put his clothes on]
Norma Bates: No! Go as you are! Maybe the rain will wash some of the dirt out of your system! Pig! Dirty pig! Dirty as your whole whore-mongering sex!
Norma Bates: [Norman goes outside in the rain, throws away the magazine, turns, sees his mother with a raincoat for him] Some day I'm going to wish I'd been firmer with you.
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Schizophrenigenically good!
20 May 2000 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

An interesting and quite psychologically accurate telling of how Norman Bates became the world's most famous momma's boy. Henry Thomas was a good choice for young Norman. Olivia Hussey is VERY good as Mama Bates. Her reactions to Norman created an atmosphere for his schizophrenia to fester: the scene where she tickles him at his father's funeral is a good example. When he quite rightly giggles, she slaps him, even though she provoked it. Young Norman grew up not knowing how to react to situations. Plus the great love and fear for his mother laid the groundwork for his psychosis. It's really pretty good.


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