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(1983)

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Meg Tilly was never allowed to watch any sort of television as a child, and so had never seen the original Psycho (1960) and was unaware of its significance. She didn't understand why the press was giving all the attention to Anthony Perkins for his comeback role in this movie, and one day on the set Perkins overheard her say, "Why is Tony getting all the attention?" Perkins was upset, didn't talk to her during filming, and recommended that she be replaced, even though half of her scenes had already been shot.
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When Mary and Norman first go into Norman's mother's room, before they turn the lights on, you can see Alfred Hitchcock's silhouette on the wall to the far right.
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Producer Hilton A. Green originally suggested Jamie Lee Curtis to play Mary Loomis due to her being the daughter of Janet Leigh and having success with Halloween (1978).
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The reflection of young Norman Bates in the doorknob when he flashes back to his mother's poisoning is Anthony Perkins' son Oz Perkins.
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The way that Norman says "cutlery" in the scene in the kitchen was conceived during a table read of the script. Anthony Perkins accidentally stuttered when he said the line and director Richard Franklin loved it and told him to say it like that in the film.
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The original house set was used and the motel was reconstructed.
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The original shower head used in Psycho (1960) was supposed to have been used in this film as well. However, just before filming was to commence, someone stole it.
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Composer Jerry Goldsmith had written a musical theme for Norman Bates that director Franklin rejected. The theme ended up being used in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983).
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Actor Anthony Perkins was given an audio cassette tape of the opening title theme by composer Jerry Goldsmith. The music allegedly brought Perkins to tears.
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Quentin Tarantino has stated that this is one of his favorite films, and that he prefers it to Psycho (1960).
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When Anthony Perkins was ambivalent about the film (and leaning towards passing on returning to play Norman Bates), rumors flew that Christopher Walken was going to be cast in the lead role and the film would be a TV movie event. However, Perkins eventually agreed to star in the film. In the DVD commentary for the movie, screenwriter Tom Holland was asked if Walken had almost become the new Norman Bates. He said he could not confirm or deny the reports and immediately began talking about an unrelated subject.
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Writer Robert Bloch published the novel "Psycho II" in 1982. The plot of the book is very different than the feature film. It has Norman Bates escaping from the mental institution and traveling to Hollywood, California to stop the production of a film based on his life. Universal Studios was reportedly upset by Bloch's take on the horror film industry and this lead to the development of this 1983 film sequel.
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Meg Tilly's character's name, Mary Samuels, is a reference to the original Psycho (1960). In that film Marion Crane signs her name as Marie Samuels in the Bates Motel. The book upon which the film was based had Marion named "Mary".
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The scene in Norman's childhood bedroom where Mary comforts him on the bed was added by screenwriter Tom Holland at the request of Anthony Perkins, who felt that his character needed a moving moment with the character of Mary Loomis.
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Lee Garlington who plays Myrna also produced the handwriting of Mother's notes.
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In the original screenplay, there was dialogue between Mary and Dr. Raymond when he is driving her to work but it was cut.
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Richard Franklin was selected to direct the movie because of a film he made called Road Games (1981) that was considered to be influenced by Rear Window (1954), one of Hitchcock's most famous films.
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In 1960, Psycho (1960) made over 32 million dollars in worldwide box office returns where as this film made over 34 million dollars.
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Director Richard Franklin was a Hitchcock student - they first met when Franklin ran a Hitchcock discussion/retrospective during his first semester at USC - and even visited him on the set of Topaz (1969).
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The Universal Studios backlot is used to represent the town of Fairvale. It was later used to represent Kingston Falls in Gremlins (1984) and Hill Valley in Back to the Future (1985) and Back to the Future Part II (1989).
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When the film was released, critics criticized that the shower scene from the first film was used as the opening.
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Norman refrains from giving Mary the key to Cabin 1. Cabin 1 was the site of the infamous shower scene in Psycho (1960).
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The film was shot in 32 days.
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The film was originally conceived as a made for TV movie however when Anthony Perkins decided to reprise his role as Norman Bates, the film became a theatrical release.
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Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates), Vera Miles (Lila Loomis) and Virginia Gregg (Norma Bates) are the only actors to reprise their roles from Psycho (1960).
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DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Richard Franklin): sitting playing a video game (Battlezone) in the diner that Norman works in.
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Richard Franklin was so keen to have Jerry Goldsmith compose the score, he turned down Universal's offers of Bernard Herrmann's cues for the original film, and even his unused work for Torn Curtain (1966).
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When Mary Loomis walks into Mother's room, there is a silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock on the sheet, reminiscent of his silhouette at the beginning of his TV show Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955).
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The film is not based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch.
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John Williams was originally suggested to compose the film.
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The character of Sam Loomis from the original film was written out, as the actor, John Gavin was currently serving as the American ambassador to Mexico.
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It took screenwriter Tom Holland six months to complete the screenplay.
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Sheriff Hunt was originally called Sheriff Chambers and Dr. Raymond was originally called Dr. William Richmond in the script. They were both characters from the original film but their names were changed at the last minute.
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The set designers for Psycho II found many props and decor from the original film to use again, including their version of a notorious painting. "The Rape of Lucretia" returned to cover up Norman's peep hole in the wall of his office. It also saw a return in Psycho III.
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Meg Tilly expressed that working on the film was her worst experience, due to Anthony Perkins and Richard Franklin being very difficult to work with.
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The film takes place in 1982.
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Norman plays two pieces on the piano throughout the film; both composed by Beethoven. Refer to "Psycho", there is a shot of a record player. The record on the player is a piece called "Eroica" by Beethoven (this is not the piece played in "Psycho II"). This suggests Norman Bates's affection towards Beethoven's music.
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The producer's name is Bernard Schwartz. Bernard HERSCHEL Schwartz is unrelated. He is, however, connected to the victim of the original Psycho (1960). Most people know him as Tony Curtis, husband to Janet Leigh, parents of Jamie Lee Curtis.
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Meg Tilly did not attend the premiere of the film.
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Psycho actress, Janet Leigh also appears in Psycho II and Psycho III as Marion Crane; albeit archive footage from the original film.
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Cameo 

Tom Holland: The screenwriter plays Deputy Norris.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The final scene of Norman hitting Mrs. Spool with the shovel was not given to cast and crew until the last day of shooting. All the shooting scripts ended with a message saying: "The final scene will be distributed to cast and crew on the last day of shooting". The only people that knew about the ending were director Richard Franklin and writer Tom Holland.
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The only person Norman Bates killed in the film was Emma Spool.
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In the shooting script an extended scene in the sheriff's office at the end of the movie reveals Mary survives the gunshot and "she'll pull through okay" but goes mad.
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The iconic last shot of the movie with Norman standing in front of the house was used as a Christmas card for various crew members. When Universal presented concept art for the one sheet film poster, director Franklin wasn't pleased with it. It was editor Andrew London who came up with the idea of using the Christmas card photo as the film poster and also came up with the famous tagline.
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Death count: 6 (It could be argued that it was only 5 as an extended scene shows that Mary survived the gun shot wound. Alternatively it could be argued as 7 as the infamous shower scene from the original movie was shown as a flashback at the start of the movie).
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