7.0/10
301
5 user 13 critic

The Psycho Legacy (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 19 October 2010
Trailer
2:50 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

The cast and crew of all four Psycho films recall their time working on the influential horror series as today's masters of horror reminisce on what the movies stirred in them.

Director:

Reviews

Videos

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV Movie 1990)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

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

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Anthony Perkins, CCH Pounder, Henry Thomas
Psycho III (1986)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "mother" is still watching.

Director: Anthony Perkins
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey
Psycho II (1983)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him.

Director: Richard Franklin
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly
Bates Motel (TV Movie 1987)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A mentally disturbed man, who roomed with the late Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum, inherits the legendary Bates Motel after the death of Norman and tries to fix it up to make it a respectable business.

Director: Richard Rothstein
Stars: Bud Cort, Lori Petty, Moses Gunn
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This tv movie features two stories by Rod Serling, who also wrote the stories of the original The Twilight Zone (1959) series. "The Theater": A young girl goes to the cinema to see His Girl... See full summary »

Director: Robert Markowitz
Stars: James Earl Jones, Amy Irving, Gary Cole
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary on the making of the three Godfather films, with interviews and recollections from the film makers and cast. This feature also includes the original screen tests of some of ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Werner
Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Marlon Brando
The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This second revival of The Twilight Zone (1959) presents tales of suspense, fantasy, science fiction and horror.

Stars: Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Piven, Olivia d'Abo
Scarecrows (1988)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Criminals hijack a plane and force the pilot and his daughter to fly them to Mexico. However, an unexpected landing finds them in a cemetery inhabited by killer scarecrows.

Director: William Wesley
Stars: Ted Vernon, Michael David Simms, Richard Vidan
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Stacey Alden, Erika Anderson
The Two Jakes (1990)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds J.J. "Jake" Gittes investigating adultery and murder, and the money that comes from oil.

Director: Jack Nicholson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a feature length documentary uncovering the history and the making of Clive Barker's Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II films.

Director: Kevin McDonagh
Stars: Peter Atkins, Simon Bamford, Imogen Boorman
Psycho (1998)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
Sharen Camille ...
Herself
...
Himself
Mike Cucinotta ...
Himself
Juliette Cummins ...
Herself
...
Narration
...
...
Himself (archive footage)
Robert V. Galluzzo ...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Herself
...
Himself
Michael Gingold ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

This documentary is a collection of interviews with various producers, actors and directors connected with the Psycho franchise. All give appropriate credit to the original Psycho (1960) for setting the stage of modern slasher films, with only limited information on other aspects of film's originality. Most of the documentary is spent discussing the three subsequent sequels, which produced diminishing returns with respect to quality. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The ultimate retrospective on the most influential horror series of all time!

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Psycho Legacy: 50 Years of Norman Bates  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Franklin was originally slated to be interviewed in this documentary, but unfortunately died before said interview could be filmed. See more »

Quotes

Kurt Paul: Tony lived for his wife and his sons. And he gave a hundred percent, he was honest to his craft, he never lied to anyone. I was there in his last breath, I was there and I was blessed. There will never be another Tony, never. I would never pretend to be him, he was just a great man.
See more »

Connections

References The Birds (1963) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Mother Would Approve

Fifty years ago, Anthony Perkins stabbed and slashed his way into the hearts of audiences in Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror epic, "Psycho." Aside from being a landmark for cinema, "Psycho" is notorious for having quite possibly the most consistent and most respectable set of sequels, a fact often overlooked throughout the years. "The Psycho Legacy," an in-depth documentary from the same folks who brought you "His Name Was Jason" and "Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy", attempts to shed some light on this fact. By compiling interviews old and new with assorted cast and crew (as well as some long-time fans who have carved their own niche in the horror genre) "The Psycho Legacy" paints a colorful and informative picture of a franchise that deserves more respect beyond the usual praise garnered for its first installment.

The meat and potatoes of the feature-length documentary are broken down into five parts. Opening with a surprisingly brief (and somewhat shallow) piece on Hitchcock's original, the documentary spends equal time on each of the three sequels, wrapping up with thoughts on Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins. Incidentally, the documentary skips over the 1998 shot-for-shot remake, which is a bit of a shame as even if the film itself was a futile experiment in cinema, it is still rather note-worthy as a rarity in its own genre. While the bigger names such as Dennis Franz and Meg Tilly don't appear in the documentary, other key players such as Robert Loggia, Jeff Fahey, Olivia Hussey and Henry Thomas appear to be more than happy to show some love and support for their somewhat forgotten roles. Archive footage from Perkins, Janet Leigh, director Richard Franklin and others are intercut with the newer footage, while the documentary itself rejects the typical narration. Really, "The Psycho Legacy" is pretty much just a series of interviews pieced together to tell a story.

Since none of the releases for the three sequels were accompanied by any bonus material, it's quite a treat to finally have some light shed on these severely under-rated films. Those seeking the goods on Hitch's original would do better to look elsewhere, but for the rest of us, this documentary does the series justice. The 2-DVD set is rounded out with hours of deleted and extended material, which is actually just as informative as the main documentary itself, if not moreso. While one can't help but feel like more could have been done with this documentary (such as reaching out to bigger names or covering much more ground) it is a satisfying venture regardless. The bonus material is certainly worth a watch and even if you've seen the films multiple times and have read up on them as much as possible, you'll likely learn something new here. In essence, "The Psycho Legacy" is something us Norman Bates fans can go a little mad for.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

"Altered Carbon" Star Will Yun Lee: Who, What, When, and Where?

"Altered Carbon" star Will Yun Lee reveals his most underrated role, the role he is best known for, and his favorite snack on set.

Watch now