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By James Whittington, Wednesday 28th March 2018
Fans of Anthony Perkins and the Psycho franchise are in for a treat as Sunday nights in April are devoted to the network premieres of Psycho II, Psycho III, and Psycho IV: The Beginning. Each movie starts at 9pm.
Set twenty-two years after the famous murder of Marion Crane, Psycho II (showing April 1st) sees Norman Bates (Perkins) declared sane and allowed to return to his now dilapidated motel. But, when the murders start up again, Norman realises an old friend is awaiting his return - Mother! Co-starring Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, and Dennis Franz, this sequel to the Hitchcock masterpiece is now viewed as an unmissable classic thanks to the way it carefully continues the legend without shying away from expanding the story and upping the violence.
Psycho III on the 8th was originally released in 1986, a time where the slasher resurgence was starting to wane, but Norman was back to show them how to do it. It's been only a month since Norman had returned to his beloved Motel and is where a troubled runaway nun Maureen (Diana Scarwid) seeks refuge, only to trigger Norman's killer instinct, as she reminds him of someone from his past... Anthony Perkins makes his directorial debut with this claustrophobic and chilling picture and gives another startling performance as the deeply disturbed Bates.
Serving as a sequel and a prequel to the Psycho movies, Psycho IV: The Beginning was directed by Mick Garris in 1990 and showing on the 15th. Released from a mental institution once again, Norman Bates (Perkins) calls in to tell his life story on a radio programme. Norman recalls his days as a young boy living with his schizophrenic mother (Olivia Hussey) and the jealous rage that inspired her murder. In the present, now living with his pregnant wife Connie (Donna Mitchell), Norman fears that his child will inherit his split personality disorder and "Mother" will return to kill again.
So remember when watching these movies, a boy's best friend is his mother...
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