The popularity of the "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" series’ by 1983 would lead to a sequel of "Psycho", a film that really needed no further installments. With that said "Psycho II" is an interesting horror flick that succeeds in some areas, but still falters due to typical American cinematic cliches. Anthony Perkins has been locked away in a mental institution for over 20 years, but is finally released. Vera Miles (the sister of Janet Leigh in the original) protests, but her arguments fall on deaf ears. Now Perkins is back in town and trying to do right by working in a small diner. Soon he starts to see his long-deceased mother in the Bates Motel window and brutal murders start once again. Could it be Perkins or is someone else feeding their deviant need to kill? Perkins continues to create more depth to an amazingly complicated character and he gets ample support from performers like Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia and Dennis Franz (he has some impressive moments throughout). Honestly though classics should never be touched and the conclusion to the original said enough. The sequels should have never come about.
About Psycho 2 (II) (1983)
Starring: Lee Garlington, Anthony Perkins, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Robert Alan Browne, Tom Holland, Virginia Gregg, Gene Whittington, Jill Carroll, Chris Hendrie, Hugh Gillin, Claudia Bryar, Vera Miles, Oz Perkins, Ben Frommer, Robert Traynor, George Dickerson, Thaddeus Smith, Sheila K. Adams, Victoria Brown, Dennis Franz, Ben Hartigan, Tim Maier, Michael Lomazow, Bob Hilgenberg
Director: Richard Franklin