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Anthony Perkins Talks Norman Bates In This Exclusive Clip From The Forthcoming DVD, THE PSYCHO LEGACY!

Published at: Oct. 15, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST by mrbeaks

Beaks here...

Hitting DVD this Tuesday, October 19th, is THE PSYCHO LEGACY, an in-depth behind the scenes look into granddaddy/mama of slasher franchises from writer-producer-director Robert V. Galluzzo. Though certainly a must-buy for fans of the series, I think it's actually more essential for those who think the sequels are nothing more than cash-grab retreads of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic. Yes, the original is undeniably one of the most groundbreaking horror films ever made, but the subsequent movies are intriguing in their own right - and quite different from one another in tone.

Galluzzo makes a compelling case for franchise in this impressive collection, the centerpiece of which is a ninety-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew and fans (like directors Stuart Gordon, Joe Lynch and Adam Green) of all four movies. If you've never seen the sequels, I'd highly recommend tracking down PSYCHO II immediately; directed by the late Richard Franklin (a Hitchcock protege) from Tom Holland's crackerjack screenplay, it'd probably be remembered as one of the best horror films of the '80s if not for its title. Some feel it's actually better than the original. I don't agree, but I will say this: I think Perkins's return to the role of Norman Bates may be a career-best performance (it's definitely right up there with his turn as Jimmy Piersall in Robert Mulligan's FEAR STRIKES OUT).

One of the highlights of Galluzzo's work is a never-before-seen video of a lively Perkins sharing his PSYCHO memories with a convention audience. It's revelatory, hilarious and ultimately poignant; Perkins was a sensationally talented actor before he became almost inseparable from Bates, but there's not an ounce of bitterness on display. Here's an exclusive peek in which Perkins recalls summoning Bates for PSYCHO II.



     


There's much more of this on THE PSYCHO LEGACY. I was especially fascinated by the segment on the Perkins-directed PSYCHO III, which I never knew was heavily inspired by the Coens' BLOOD SIMPLE (this explains the Carter Burwell score). Perkins went on to make a more overt dark comedy in LUCKY STIFF - another film THE PSYCHO LEGACY has inspired me to revisit.

If you live in Los Angeles, there will be two cool events promoting THE PSYCHO LEGACY. On Saturday, October 16th, the ninety-minute documentary will have its big-screen premiere at Screamfest 2010. The screening starts at 5 PM (at the Mann's Chinese 6), and will be followed by a Q&A with Robert Loggia (Dr. Raymond from PSYCHO II), Katt Shea (Patsy from PSYCHO III) and Mick Garris (director of PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING).

Then, on Tuesday, October 19th, there will be a DVD-signing shindig at Dark Delicacies in Burbank. Guests will include Tom Holland, Mick Garris, Chris Henrie (Deputy Pool from PSYCHO II), Lee Garlington (Myrna from PSYCHO II and III), Juliette Cummins (Red from PSYCHO III), Cynthia Garris (Ellen Stevens from PSYCHO IV), Robert Galluzzo, Anthony Masi (Producer of PSYCHO LEGACY), Jermaine Stegall (Composer for PSYCHO LEGACY) and Jon Maus (Editor of PSYCHO LEGACY). That's scheduled to run from 7 PM to 9 PM.

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  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    First?

    by AsimovLives

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Wow, i was first

    by AsimovLives

    It's all downhill from now on.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    What is weird is

    by Longtime Lurker

    That I actually felt nervous for Bates when Marion's car stopped sinking into the mud for a bit. Sneaky manipulative Hitchcock, heheheh :)

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    As for the Anthony Perkins video, it's cool stuff

    by AsimovLives

    I have only seen PSYCHO this year, and afterwards i saw the two imediate sequels, i'm still to watch PSYCHO IV. But so far it's all good stuff. I'll try to catch this documentary.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Enjoy the Moment Asimov...

    by Longtime Lurker

    Applause :) Is this your first "first"?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Longtime Lurker

    by AsimovLives

    Indeed. And it also happens in the sequels, for some reason you can't help but sympathise with Norman Bates.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Ah, Never saw the sequels

    by Longtime Lurker

    Are they worth it?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Longtime Lurker

    by AsimovLives

    And yes, it was my first first. Nothing's like the first, right?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Asimov, Indeed

    by Longtime Lurker

    Congratulations and welcome to Mount Olympus :)

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I saw PSYCHO II and III, and yes, they are good

    by AsimovLives

    They are suprisingly good. They are not as good as the original, of course, but you cna tell that then filmmakers who made the sequels (and Perkins directed the III movie) they didn't slouched. You can tell they made an effort to not embacare the original movie. They are superior slashers, which emphasis on characterization and even theme. And yes,t here's some cool horror gore stuff as well, specially the second, which has to be the most twist upon twist movie i ever seen.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    You are also a First too?

    by AsimovLives

    I feel welcomed in Olympus. I already can taste the fine air in here.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Enough with the "First" bullshit already.

    by Peter Franks

    Christ, how many years are we going to continue that nonsense? Does it really never get old to you guys? Because it's fucking tired from where I'm sitting.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I will have to check them out then.

    by Longtime Lurker

    But I don't know if I can deal with the shot for shot remake. Think I might have to pass on that one.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Peter Franks

    by AsimovLives

    I used to say the first thing, until i finally got to be a first. Andi tell you, it's great. Wait until you get to be a first yourself, then you will understand. It's like when you first drive a cabriolet car for the first time, you then understand what's the big fuzz about it.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I used to say the first thing = I used to say the same thing

    by AsimovLives

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the remake

    by AsimovLives

    I saw like the first 5 minutes of it and it bored me to tears. Haven't seen the rest of it yet.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    Yes, Asimov

    by Longtime Lurker

    My first "first" was not so long ago. I guess that's why they put me on the welcoming committee :)

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I thought Perkins was dead

    by Rocco Curioso

    I'm gonna take a wild stab, and guess that being DEAD would somewhat hinder his conversational skills. Just sayin'.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Um, yeah Asimov...

    by Peter Franks

    my first (and last) "First" was back in 1999 around the release of "The Matrix". It was not monumental in any way, and only left me a hollowed husk of my former self. In other words...over rated.<P> Congratulations on your life changing moment.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Just can't see the point of

    by Longtime Lurker

    Shot for shot remakes. Basically they impress me as being stunts that I would not care to pay to see. One possible exception might be C'etait un Rendevous. Ever seen that film, Asimov? One shot high speed drive through Paris. 1976. Only about ten minutes but pure adrenaline. Completely reckless and highly illegal. Was an early Sunday morning in August and this fellow just RIPPED through the city. I think it is on YouTube. You might want to check it out, if you like fast cars. :)

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    The ending to Psycho II scared me as a kid.

    by Tacom

    I don't know what it was but what happens between Norman and that old lady gave me nightmares.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    There really needs to be an achievements system

    by UltraTron

    for 1st posting where we can compete for prizes. A random giveaway or something every now and then to keep people's interest in posting first.. Oh no wait. You idiots have been doing it for decades for no reason whatsoever- offering no prize incentive.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Holy shit

    by proevad

    I'm with the guy upstairs that thought Tony was dead. Sorry, Mr. Perkins.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Psycho II is a brilliant film

    by kwisatzhaderach

    amazing score by Jerry Goldsmith too.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Dead

    by Katet19

    He died in 1992

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    NukeTheFridge.com has a Marlin Brando Exclusive Clip

    by daveli91

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    NukeTheFridge.com has a Marlin Brando Exclusive Clip

    by daveli91

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    NukeTheFridge.com has a Marlin Brando Exclusive Clip

    by daveli91

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    NukeTheFridge.com has a Marlin Brando Exclusive Clip

    by daveli91

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    NukeTheFridge.com has a Marlin Brando Exclusive Clip

    by daveli91

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    NukeTheFridge.com has a Marlin Brando Exclusive Clip

    by daveli91

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Andrew Garfield needs to play Norman Bates

    by Drath

    Holy shit, apart from his large nose, he looks a hell of a lot like a young Perkins. Okay, maybe he just needs to play Perkins, as Hollywood is fucking drunk on Bio pics these days.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    I'll just keep saying it until someone Amen's me

    by Carolinamaestro

    Bernard Herrmann's Psycho score is one of the best pieces of music ever composed by human hands. Yep. It's true.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Amen Brother :)

    by Longtime Lurker

    There you go Carolinamaestro. :)

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    That old lady getting hit with the shovel in part 2

    by sonnyfern

    Still one of my favorite effects ever CLANG!!!!! Love that! Part II is freaking awesome!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    What happened to Perkin's career?

    by KilliK

    last time i checked,i saw him in a dreadful 80s horror b-movie.its a shame.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    oh and have you noticed his Psycho reference in the

    by KilliK

    Orient Express movie? even the acting of his character resembled that of Alan Bates.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    One thing I must say about Psycho 2 & 3

    by RoarsLoudly

    ...is that the filmakers earnestly respected the material and it showed. Because at the end of the day how can you compete or try to be better than something as BRILLIANT as Hitchcock's "Psycho"??

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Thanks Longtime Lurker!

    by Carolinamaestro

    Now I can finally stop saying it!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Wow.. NO Psycho IV love.. but Psycho III love?

    by mcgillj

    I don't know.. MAYBE I need to rewatch Psycho III (I bought them when they came out II-IV as a "triple feature". I was disappointed in the lack of extras, so this disc will be a GREAT companion to those. BUT.. I thought Psycho IV was dang good.. Ok.. I will say.. it really.. well no, I won't say it sold out the ending.. I mean.. it was Normal FINALLY free and being his own man. And Henry Thomas I thought did a pretty good job as young Norman. And Olivia Hussy was just off the rails nuts.. you could really sympahtize more in retrospect, even, with the character of Norman.. although they did make a few changes that I did NOT like.. and I'd still LOVE to see a straight adaption of the second BOOK (It WOULD have been Scream meets Halloween.. BACK in 1982). Although.. what turned out on the screen I thought in Psycho II was much better.. an almost character study of Norman struggling to hold on to his sanity. People who.. well MAYBE they were cash grabs.. but I would NEVER EVER accuse any of the Psycho sequels of being cookie cutter and just "following the formula" as so many sequels do.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    what happened to Perkin's career?

    by mcgillj

    Well.. umm he died in 1992.. kind of slowed his career down.. but yeah, the years post Psycho II.. he really WAS just Norman.. I LOVE the fact though in the 80s sitcom "Sledge Hammer" the morgue attendant a VERY Norman Bates-like character, named Norman.. was actually OFFERED to Perkins.. but he referred a friend (I forget his name off hand) who took the role.. THAT actor was also a very Norman like character in "Stripes" with the nickname Psycho.. and a part in Psycho IV as another "momma killer".

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I quite enjoyed Psycho IV

    by DonLogan

    Not sure if it would hold up at all if i watched it again though. I do still rate Psycho II, I've seen it a lot since i was a kid and still thouroughly enjoy it today.<br><br>I once had a FIRST! ya know. Although it was on a talkback which hardly anyone contributed so i don't think it counts. Bummer.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I apologize..

    by mcgillj

    got Conrad Dunn mixed up with Kurt Paul.. Paul was on Sledge Hammer / Psycho IV.. Dunn was in Stripes.. my bad.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    AICN SCOOPS GRAVE WITH PERKINS INTERVIEW!

    by Mullah Omar

    I was kind of hoping you had paid Madame Cleo to have a seance with Anthony Perkins and were posting the transcript.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Psycho II is a great film.

    by Sailor Rip

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    As a franchise

    by IndyCollector

    The Psycho movies are pretty consistent. There isn't a bad one in the bunch.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    2 & 3 are both really good.

    by daggor

    I'd like to watch them right now, as a matter of fact.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    I refuse to acknowledge

    by Longtime Lurker

    any Alien movies other than 1 and 2. They simply do not exist.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    74 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    You saying Psycho 3 is better than ALIENS?

    by Sailor Rip

    Psycho 2 is good and a worthy follow up to the original. 3 is shit. 4, never saw. <p> Alien - masterpiece <p> ALIENS - might just be the greatest film ever made if not for that damned Empire Strikes Back. <p> Alien3 - they tried. Could have been a(sorry to use this expression) "game changer" but we got what we got and....whatever. <p> Alien Resurrection - Cloned Ripley, mercenaries, infested military ship, cloned queen.....HOW DID THEY FUCK THIS UP?????? Oh yeah, the script sucked (Whedon), and a trippy French director was not the one for this project.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Psycho II was a truly great film

    by Superponte

    From beginning to end, the whole plot of them trying to drive Norman crazy, to the awesome ending. Man, that was a great film.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Yay Psycho II love!

    by CatVutt

    Truly good shit. Didn't care for III. Never saw IV.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Fuck You daveli91

    by Crusty_Juggler

    Get your fucking spamming ass out of here. Somebody ban this clown.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

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    by daveli91

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

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  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

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  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

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  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    RUE MORGUE

    by frank cotton

    magazine has a 50th anniversary retrospective on PSYCHO, and articles on 2/3/4, the score, etc. just came out this week. see also: CRIMES OF PASSION

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Congratulations AsimovLives!

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Nice to have a First in a Hitchcock related thread.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    The Psycho Legacy Not Listed on Netflix

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    As of yet.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST

    So Mick Garris directed "Psycho IV"?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Well, that explains why it's such a pile of shit. I'll bet Stephen King loves it, too.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Cymbalta4thedevil can go FUCK himself.

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    Fucking "Lost" lovin' freak... <P> ;-)

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    THAT said...

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    Psycho is truly one of the most important, groundbreaking films of all time. Anthony Perkins was incredible. And that fucking SCORE... awesome incarnate. Easily one of the best scores in film history. Bernard Herrmann is a GOD. <P> And the sequels didn't do anything for me. But it's been years since i saw them, so maybe i'll check 'em out again sometime. <P> I'm seeing a lot of love for Psycho 2. Curious...

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 4:23 a.m. CST

    all the psycho sequels are great ...

    by JackGraham

    i've always loved part 2 especially, and part 3 has its moments too. Part 4 is the one I've seen the least but if I recall it's like sleepless in seattle meets psycho. :)

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Psycho 2 love

    by HELLSFOXES

    The last scene gets me every time. I'm in California hope I can make one of these events

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Psycho 2 love

    by HELLSFOXES

    The last scene gets me every time. I'm in California hope I can make one of these events

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST

    The Psycho 2 love...

    by knightrider

    ...is justified! Truly one of the greatest sequels ever produced. Lots of great moments, such as Norman's problem with the word "cutlery" (as mentioned in the video), and his scene with Mrs. Spool at the end.</p> Psycho 3 is okay and has its moments, but it's the law of diminishing returns from here on. Psycho 4 was made for TV, and it shows. Joseph Stefano returned to script it, so it was in sure hands... but it suffers in the same way all prequels do; showing too much of the backstory ruins a lot of the mystique.</p> Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot remake is offensive to me. I mean, what is it good for?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST

    daveli91: Interesting bait & switch, pal.

    by Playkins

    Problem is, EVERYONE knows that Harry is a schill. No secret. And of course, people still come to this site. Not because anyone thinks anything of Harry, but talkbacks are pretty much the only place film geeks can find other people that are just as big of film geeks as themselves.<P> This site is also possibly the A-1 steak sauce of bitching, too. So satisfying.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Agreed on the remake of Psycho...

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    What a fuckin' WASTE of celluloid that was. And i must've just seen Psycho IV... and i remember just laughing at that shit. So bad... But i don't honestly remember anything from 2 or 3. I'll have to go netflix them and give 'em a shot.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Psycho II is a classy classic!

    by BenBraddock

    Great direction, score and nicely cast, with some great moments. Anyone remember the Hitchcock "cameo"? Standout scene I recall from part 3 was when the sheriff eats bloodied ice from the box being used to hide a recently dispatched victim - great black humour! I think Hitch would have been "not displeased". Never saw part IV - should I?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Btw, cool video

    by BenBraddock

    He's funny and reminds me not a little of Woody Allen

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Re: The score...

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    Yup. Just came to my attention that Jerry fucking Goldsmith did the score for Psycho 2. Absolute must-see for me now...

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    BenBraddock

    by knightrider

    I'd say watch Psycho 4; it's not even close in terms of greatness to the first 2, but Perkins' performance is still excellent, and just about saves it. It's the flashbacks that really let the thing down - good as Henry Thomas was, nobody could play that part as well as Perkins did.</p> Agreed about those "Hitchcockian" moments in the sequels... I get the feeling they really treated the material as if they were writing/producing for Hitchcock himself.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    The Remake

    by knightrider

    It's like a bad xerox copy; you can see the original, but the quality isn't there. The actors look stiff and constrained because they're trying to work in the confines of duplicating each fucking shot, and someone else's performance to boot. At least when a musician covers a song, the new artists tend to bring something new to it; what did Van Sant do? - Norman masturbating, and the image of a cow during the shower murder. No, if I want to watch Psycho, I can go and watch Psycho - the original, thankyouverymuch.</p> I guess that's my problem with it; I always kind of hoped that they'd pull the rug out... let the audience think that they were watching the same story, but then go wildly off in a different direction after the shower murder. Exactly what Hitch did himself to 1960's audience, that couldn't believe he'd kill the leading lady that early on. That would have been brave and classy.</p> Don't know if this is true, but I remember reading the only reason the thing got the green light in the first place was because the studio exec's kid refused to watch the original because it was black and white...

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Original Blu-Ray

    by knightrider

    Also, anyone picked up the original on Blu-Ray? It is absolutely stunning. I'd love for the sequels to get that treatment too.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Psycho III

    by KentButabi

    I love everything about this movie. I don't think of it as a guilty pleasure, but a quality horrow flick!

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Nice to see the Psycho II love.

    by Sailor Rip

    I'm glad people didn't just write it off. It is a great film on its own and a nice companion to the first. Thank christ they didn't film the Psycho 2 book.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    The Blu-rasy for the original comes out tuesday

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    That's a must-buy.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Never bothered with the remake

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    I'm not opposed to remaking it, but doing it shot for shot is just the director trying to fill big shoes.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    "Some feel it's actually better than the original."

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Please define "some". Are you seriously suggesting that "some" prefer the PSYCHO sequel to its Hitchock precursor? You should be ashamed for conspiring to expand this propaganda. Maybe a braindead old fart who feeds a collection of Troma (VHS) cassettes. But this sort of crackerjack, dumbed-down prose is the catalyst for AICN's decline (not to mention the four positive reviews for LAST EXORCISM).

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I remember reading about the remake...

    by eustisclay

    ...that the actors watched a scene from the original before doing their version so they'd get the timing down. Well, how do you give an actual performance when you've gotta say your line ine the same space as another actor. It was just a bad idea, but it illustrates why I generally don't like remakes. Some people I've talked to have never seen the original but have seen the remake. They've said that they didn't care for Psycho or whatever. Unfortunately, they've been robbed of a great experience because of their ignorance of the original. Also, the remake shows Ann Heche's butthole, which I could have lived without seeing.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    No Love for Willian

    by ushaped

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    William Castle's Homicidal

    by ushaped

    Agree the Psycho sequels are surprisingly good. But, I'm surprised no one has mentioned probably the best "rip-off" back in the day: Homicidal (1961). This is a great movie with a very good story and real creepy atmosphere. Don't know if it's on DVD but definitely worth it for all Psycho fans.

  • Or bury it in the ground ;)- And remember, electric cars....are gay.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    William Castle was no Hitchcock

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Not the same craftsmanship, Hithcock was "suspense", Castle was "Boo!" But while I respect and admire Hitchcock, I absolutely love Mr. Castle--his showmanship, his panache and his "sigbature" narrative footage in the likes of THE TINGLER, HOMICIDAL and, most especially, MR.SARDONICUS. An autographed 8x10 portrait of Castle is framed in our living room. And I sure prefer HOMICIDAL--any day--over non-vintage Hitchcock (TOPAZ, TORN CURTAIN, FAMILY PLOT, et al).

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Don't be trashing Family Plot.

    by Sailor Rip

    Bruce Dern + Hitchcock = my ass in the seat. But seriously, it is a good film.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Dead_Flag_Blues

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    When you tell me to go FUCK myself & then do this: ;-) I don't know if you're angry or just flirting.<br /><br />Your post was more confusing than all 6 seasons of LOST.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    EUSTISCLAY

    by frank cotton

    thanks for the HECHE BUTTHOLE ALERT. can live without that myself (all the ass pounders will be up in arms directly). can you give me a heads-up as to where in the film, just in case?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Psycho II had it's moments

    by LeftFoot

    I saw Psycho II in the theater.<p> I was surprised that a Psycho movie achieved a moment or two of showing the tragedy of devastating mental illness. <p> Think about that. In a Psycho movie.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Also loving the Psycho II love

    by Homer Sexual

    I loved it since I saw it in the theaters, and at the time it flopped. I have seen it several times and it totally holds up. <p> Psycho III isn't sucky, but there isn't enough meat to the story, and the very end is the only moment in either sequel that I think is really lame.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I was there

    by Gap Toothed TV Boy

    It's quite a good docu and fun to see on the big screen. Katt Shea and Mick Garris were there, but alas, not Loggia. I won a DVD for answering a fairly easy trivia question. If you're a Psycho fan, (and if you liked the F13, NOES and Halloween docus) you should pick it up.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    cymbalta4thedevil

    by AsimovLives

    And i had to be the one doing the "first", right? Fate has a sense of houmour.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Great Sequels

    by TheDudeinLA

    Thinking about it. These are by far the best sequels of all the films that didn't need sequels.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    PSYCHO II and III are really good movies

    by AsimovLives

    Anmd peope,have coment that Jerry Goldmisht composed the score for the second movie. Well, Carter Burwell composed the score for the 3rd movie. And Burwell for me is one of the top composers working in films, and not just for the Coen Brothers movies, his score for ROB ROY is just great.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    I think "Psycho II" is Perkins' best...

    by Lone_Wolf_McQuaalude

    except maybe "Crimes of Passion", which was certifiable. Love the ice cube scene in "Psycho II". And I discount "Fear Strikes Out" because the guy can clearly not play baseball.