Bates (Anthony Perkins) who is supposedly
cured this time around with a loving wife
named Connie (Donna Mitchell) who wored
at the sanitarium, phones up a radio
station under a different named and tells
the station about his life story which
really grabs the attention on the head
D.J. named Fran Ambrose (CCH Pounder) who
tries to keep him on to talk about it
He goes into the story when he was a kid
and his first killing after the murder of
his mother and with a flirtatious little
brat named Gloria (Bobbi Evers) who tried
to seduce him and then goes into a
history of what happened after his
father's death as a child and then
growing up with his mother Norma (Olivia
Hussey) and her verbally abusive attitude
towards him, her lustful behavior and
trying to make out that he's Mama's
little girl instead of a boy and locking
him in a closet. Not only that she has an
affair with a local bartender named Chet
Rudolph (Thomas Schuster) as he makes his
life just as terrible causing him to
After discussing all of this he thinks
that he is not free after his wife is
impregnated thinking that there will be
another killer in the family. Will he
lose it again and kill the only woman
that loved him?
There is a nice shot on Norman Bates with his back turned talking
on a phone to the radio station and then
turning around to reveal himself and
speaking a little coldly too.
We have a nice flashback that involves the younger Norman Bates
at the hotel and a good presence on
supporting character Holly flirting
with him and acting like a nosey brat.
There's a good shot on her looking
around the house and hiding around in the
house. A good shot on her creeping
up to a doorway and suddenly Norman appears
with a stern attitude which makes you
jump a bit.
Good shot on Norman in
Mother's room taking a wig and going to
We have a nice shot on Holly approaching
the room and trying to take a look at
Mother and suddenly Norman approaching and dressed as mother
raising a kitchen knife and heaving it
down along with a camera shot looking
down on her screaming.
A good close up shot on a radio DJ Fran Ambrose looking disturbed by this news
and taking a drag of her cigarette which takes place present day.
We also have a nice setting with Norma Bates throwing open a blanket and setting down
for a picnic and seeing her expressions
as well as Norman Bates as a child
looking a little disappointed. There are
good shots on the two of them rolling
A nice camera shot with Norma and sweat pouring down her face. An effective moment when Norman rubs
some oil on her and then there's some
good blocking by the two of them rolling
around lustfully and things look great when she is
snapping suddenly and accusing him about
it all which looked disturbing.
There's terrific discussions with Fran and Dr. Leo Richmond in the
radio station about the person on the
phone could possibly be Norman Bates.
A good shot looking up on Norman during present day by washing his face.
Nice moment with Chet Rudolph trying to do some boxing
matches with Norman as he acts
hestitant and Chet taunting him along
with a swinging punch. A good camera
shot looking up at both Chet and Norma looking down.
We have a perfect struggling moment with
not to get strangled as Norman dressed
There's great intense quarrelling between Fran and Leo at
the station about Norman Bates and
keeping him on line. This of course was taking place present day.
A nice shot on Norman making
some iced tea and then pouring poison in
it along with carrying it up the stairs.
A good shot on Norman peeking at the side
of the bedroom door along with Norma dumping a bit of iced tead on her and
rubbing it acting lustfully.
A real disturbing moment with Norma on
a chair in a cellar and slowly dying from
the poison gasping out along with a nice
surprise attack by Chet.
A perfect moment with Fran trying to keep Norman on the
phone when he snaps and tells her he's
going to kill his wife along with a great
close up shot on his mouth
trying to shout his name with a perfect
camera shot on Norman slamming
the phone on the receiver.
A nice shot on Connie Bates opening her car door and a
good jumping shot on an umbrella opening
up towards her which was done by Norman during present day.
A good conversation between the two of them inside the Bates
house as she tries to sympathise with
There's also another good moment with Norman coming towards her with a
knife and she cries as he stops which
looked very impressive.
A nice chasing around moment with the two
of them as well which looked incredibly
We have perfect hallucination sequences
that involves Norman during present day by burning
the house down which involved Norma, Chet, Holly and Gloria as it gives you that perfect
haunting type of feel to it.
Bottom line is that this is a terrific sequel
/ prequel which almost met up to the
original film as it was great to see
Norman Bates' history as it was about
time too. Everyone did marvellous for this flick as
it is very suspenseful and disturbing too
as the story was well focused during
every scene of the film. I was glad to
see Mother before she was killed and what
she was like to her psychotic son. All of
this was very much like the life on Ed
Gein which is the reason they made
the original Psycho. The ending is very heartwarming and made
it a perfect ending to the series as
The acting is very
good as we have good ole Anthony
Perkins (Norman Bates) returning and
trying to keep his sanity as he does well
by telling some radio people his life
It's very necessary to have an oddbal
character actor like Henry Thomas (Young Norman Bates) to play the younger role
as he has that expressionless look on his
face as he lived to play that role. He
was fantastic with his psychological and
disturbed behaviour. He was good acting choked up in a scene when his onscreen mother goes in a rage on losing her business and blaming him. He shows nice menacing expressions dressed
as Mother while strangling someone.
Olivia Hussey (Norma Bates) played the perfect
character with her wild and abusive
behaviour and terrific aggressions too
beinging every ounce of energy she had in
her role. She is a one mean mother. She looked
good by trying to hold back by being
emotional at a funeral. A perfect reaction on her after
discovering some dirty magazines and
going into an outrage. She
reacts well when her onscreen son rubs
some oil on her while sunbathing during some hot weather.
CCH Pounder (Fran Ambrose) nicely did her job well
by playing a radio DJ showing a terrific
attitude to her part in it.
Warren Frost (Dr. Leo Richmond) came across nicely too
with his blunt and serious attitude as a
Doctor on the radio show.
Donna Mitchell (Connie Bates) showed some nice
emotions to her part as Norman Bates wife
and was very touching with her part in
Thomas Schuster (Chet Rudolph) was perfect as the
dickhead and sleazy boyfriend to Norma
Bates as he came across very well by
doing so. He was good
with his actions by taunting the teenage Norman along
with a good swinging punch. He is great at gagging by
bursting out of the bathroom after being poisoned.
Supporting actress Sharon Camille (Holly) does
well as a sleazy and flirtatious brat in
the film which was a shame she was the
first to be killed off. She does very well by coming on to the younger Norman in his room by taking off her clothes
and trying to seduce him.
A breast shot on Bobbi
Evers when she takes off her bra in
Norman Bates' bedroom.
Another breast shot on Olivia Hussey in
her bedroom while young Norman peeks at
her through his peephole ready for some
There's the perfect violin
playing for the film composed by Graeme
Revell as he makes it sound similar
to the original movie and some new
soundings too as it all worked perfectly.
Ambrose: Well we have to call you
Norman Bates: Then call me Ed.
You've got a tongue like an elephant's
Bates: Get that whore out of my
Are you there?
Norman: I said yes.
Ambrose: We didn't hear you.
Norman: I nodded.
Ambrose: [smiling] We can't
I was practically running the motel
single-handedly by the time I was 15. I
was the man of the house, she used to
call me that. She depended on me,
especially when she was scared, she was
scared to death of thunder and lightning.
finds pornography in Norman's bedroom]
Norma Bates: You dirty little
bastard! Go out there and throw this in
[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 little
pig! Dirty as your whole whore-mongering
starts to hit Norman]
Young Norman Bates: What... What
did I do?
Norma Bates: Nothing, nothing,
Young Norman Bates: What's wrong?
Norma Bates: They're closing down
the highway and building a new one. They
couldn't build it closer to the motel
because then the world could still see
us! Oh, what am I going to do! How am I
going to live! You! Just like my father
never a drop of sympathy! It's because of
you that I can't hold my water, that's
why I'm always running to the toilet did
you know that!
Young Norman Bates: Yes I know.
Norma Bates: I regret the day that
I ever had you! Not one thing you've ever
said or done has been worth all this! Not
one blasted thing! I should have killed
you in my womb! You sure as hell tried to
kill me getting out of it!
and Norma are on top of each other]
Norma Bates: Get off of me! You
are going to learn to forget all about
that filthy thing of yours! Here put this
on! Girl! Yes girl! Mama's little girl!
[Norma puts a dress and lipstick on
Young Norman Bates: No, I'm not a
[Norma puts Norman in the closet and
hands him a iced tea pitcher]
Norma Bates: Here get in there.
You will stay locked in there until you
learn not to say "no" to your
mother when she tells you you're a girl.
And you'll probably have to make wee wee,
And you'll squat over this! That's all
that thing of yours is for, making wee
wee! You clear on that! Answer me! You
clear on that Norma!
Young Norman Bates: Mother please!
Mother please let me out. Please mother.
Norman Bates: All that faith and no
Norman Bates: You take my father's
Chet Rudolph: Oh a... no
underwear. You see Norman, it's not
polite to be naked around a lady unless
you're having sex with her. Otherwise,
it's just not respectable.
Rudolph: Your not a girl are ya? Your
mother swore to me you were a boy and she
even said you were well hung. Well that's
what she said!
Young Norman Bates: Shut up!
Norman Bates: Drive whore!
I never wanted to kill her.
Dr. Leo Richmond: But you did kill
her, and several others, and now you tell
us you're going to kill again.
Bates: Just me and my trusty
Bates: No Norman! No more blood.