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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I have quite the soft spot for Richard Franklin’s 23-years-later sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO. The sequel is an interesting examination of the character of Norman Bates, who remains one of the most sympathetic movie slashers of all time.

The genius of Hitchcock’s Psycho was the portrayal of Norman Bates. The whole film is great from direction, script and score, but it’s the perfect casting of the amazing Anthony Perkins that makes it a classic in my opinion. Every single time I rewatch the movie I find myself fooled by him in that role, always hoping that somehow the ending is different and there really is an evil mommy slicing up cute girls and meddling detectives and Norman gets to be the hero of the story.

Psycho II had no chance of living up to the original, but Franklin and Tom Holland took it in an interesting direction, following a newly released Norman Bates who is haunted by his past deeds and the fear of a return of his psychosis. And Meg Tilly is adorable in the flick, too.

One of the weirder moments of the film is a throwback to Hitchcock. I assume the filmmakers wanted to honor the man by giving him his cameo. Today’s pic, from Psycho II, gives us a little peek at how they brought Hitch into the fold.

Thanks to Keith Voss for sending this one along!




Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic didn’t get out of the COCKADOODIE CAR!

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  • March 4, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Co Za Asy!

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Co Za Asy

  • March 4, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Im sorry but

    by RoarsLoudly

    this was a very UNDERATED film. While never Brilliant or great as the original it sure was good!

  • March 4, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Love Psycho 2

    by lovesamuelfuller

    I've just seen "Road Games" again. Franklin was a talented filmmaker. "Patrick" was also pretty good.

  • March 4, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by lovesamuelfuller's no way near as good as Psycho part one or two, but i even like some parts of the third one that Perkins directed. (great final shot)

  • March 4, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    I havent seen P2,but i have seen Road Games

    by KilliK

    which was great.i think it's time to check P2 as well.

  • March 4, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Got T2 coming up and had one already for Silence of the Lambs, but will hunt for more.

  • March 4, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    So we can give requests? then i demand,no wait

    by KilliK

    i command for a Blade Runner BTS pic which i believe there hasnt been showed up yet in this collumn.

  • March 4, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    There has been a couple Blade Runner pics, but I actually have quite a few. Will rotate one of 'em in.

  • March 4, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I've always thought Psycho 2 was a worthy sequel.

    by phifty2

    3, not so much.

  • March 4, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST



    ...for tomorrow, I guess.

  • March 4, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I always felt sorry for Norman in Psycho 2...

    by Bill Clay

    He had actually managed to be cured and go back to a normal life, until that nutty bitch made him go crazy again.

  • March 4, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Big fan of Psycho... never seen any of the sequels...

    by ChickenStu

    Never been in a hurry to either, but I'm aware that "Psycho II" gets surprisingly good reviews... Worth a look?

  • March 4, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    The Psycho II ending gave me nightmares as a kid

    by Tacom

    I don't know why because it wasn't the goriest or horrific thing I'd ever seen. It was just.... unsettling.

  • March 4, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Outstanding pic

    by Amazing Maurice

    I really wish some of these pics were of a higher resolution. The Kurt Russell/John Carpenter pic from Big Trouble has been my desktop wallpaper for months now.

  • March 4, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    grammar nazi moment

    by longlivethenewflesh

    Quint I think you mean the 23-years-later sequel to Hitchcock's Psycho. or you mean, Psycho 2, the sequel that came 23-years after Hitchcock's original. :) Love the original, haven't seen any of the sequels in years.

  • March 4, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Never seen any of the sequels, but that is one creepy shot of Perkins.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    He really is a scary bastard.

  • March 4, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    the ending had probably one of the greatest uses for a shovel

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • March 4, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    The people who slag on "Psycho II"...

    by Uga

    ... never saw "Psycho II." Sure, it's not the original, but it's about as good a follow-up as you could expect. "Psycho III," on the other hand, sucked.

  • March 4, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Carter Burwell

    by D Ropaela

    Did he score this one or part three?

  • March 4, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    I liked all the Psycho movies

    by Shubniggorath

    Even the no-budget Showtime Psycho 4. Norman Bates is one of the all-time great horror characters because he IS a monster but a very sympathetic one.

  • March 4, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Very underrated

    by Kenny8

    Agreed, a worthy sequel to a Hitchcock classic. Like that happens a lot!

  • March 4, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    meg tilly was so hot

    by captzeep

    but she married a billionaire and has not been heard from since. Same with Ellen Barkin, who was a much better actor.

  • March 4, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    How about Donnie Darko?

    by AddictedtoBoobs

    Can you do a BTSPOTD from that movie?

  • March 4, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I saw Psycho II at a drive-in!

    by darthsynn

    I was 11. It was my introduction to horror films.

  • March 4, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Would love to see a "Black and White" transfer of Psycho 2

    by Jake Pantlin

    What works so well in the above picture is that it is black and white. It captures the mood of the original. Would love it if they could put a black and white transfer of this film on a future DVD. Heck, they could do that to all the Psycho films!

  • It's definitely a worthwhile sequel, especially given how much time passed between them.

  • ...but decided to try something different. Much like Tron did recently. I think it would be cool if more franchises tried to be creative instead of just trying to do the exact same thing over. (Nightmare on Elm Street I's looking at you!!!)

  • March 4, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Psycho 2 wasn't that great.

    by Marat

    It started out decent but quickly went downhill. It's a shame Perkins couldn't get too many roles after Psycho 1 and was confined back to the role some 20 years later. Anyway, he was really good in Les Miserables. This too. However, this film didn't need to be made, sort of like Tron 2.

  • March 4, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Sweet!! Backstage Kathy bates nudie pics tomorrow

    by Six Demon Bag

    And it's not even my birthday. Someone as cool as you quint should have a buckaroo banzai pic.

  • March 4, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Lame lame lame psycho 2 is horrible

    by Jeremy Davis

    You were doing really good there for a while, I had nothing to complain about on the btspotd but on this call me a troll or whatever but Psycho 2 blows donkey nutsacks.

  • March 4, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    And psycho 3 is just as bad if not worse

    by Jeremy Davis

  • March 4, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    and uga I do see psycho 2 just fyi

    by Jeremy Davis

  • March 4, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I saw this at the drive-in when I was a kid...


    double-feature with The Twilight Zone. It's not that bad of a movie, I've always felt the same about Psycho II as Halloween II. Nowhere near as good as the classic original, but hands down better than any of the other sequels. Although I will shamefully admit that I do like Halloween III quite a bit.

  • March 4, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Scene with the ice cube

    by proevad

    would have made Hitch proud. It's a great film. Even has a better ending than the original.

  • March 4, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Misery tomorrow

    by proevad

    these clues are too easy. Challenge us tomorrow.

  • March 4, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Was the final murder in Psycho II intentionally funny?

    by Jet Jaguar

    I really liked the sequel up right up to the last scene. Then the shovel came out. Like something out of Loony Tunes. Totally ruined the tone and totally ruined the movie for me.

  • March 4, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Am I missing something?

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Or have you guys really not posted the new Tron: Uprising trailer?

  • March 4, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by King Conan

    I don't care how many of you are "too cool" to admit it.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    wheres the meet dave btsp???

    by ORIONgods

  • March 4, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    wheres the Real Genius btspod Quint ???

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

  • March 5, 2011, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Each film stepped down a notch in quality

    by SithMenace

    Considering the first film was a how to of suspenseful film making, that's not an insult to the second one, which was pretty good. 3 and 4 are garbage however, and not worthy of the name "Psycho".

  • March 5, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST

    I'd forgotten how good Psycho 2 was

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    About as good a sequel as you are going to get. Makes you feel sorry for Bates, which is quite the feat considering.

  • March 5, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Anthony Perkins made a surprise personal appearance

    by deelzbub

    at the ATL premiere of Psycho 3. It was really cool. He got a standing ovation. It made that movie just a little better for me. That scene with the ice machine and the sherriff was borderline genius.

  • March 5, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Anthony Perkins absolutely transformed acting.

    by rbatty024

    He changed the way people played "evil" and "insane."

  • March 5, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I cringe every time I think of the scene where he's

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    trying to help Meg Tilly, she has the butcher knife, he tries to take it away from her, grabs it by the blade, and she slides it through his hands. I've only seen bits and pieces of III and IV. Henry Thomas did a decent enough job of young Norman.

  • March 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by grendel69

  • March 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    I like all 3 Psycho films.

    by grendel69

    Really, I do.

  • March 5, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    But there are fuor Psycho films.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Maybe you meant you love all three sequels.

  • March 5, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Four. Ugh, stupid transposition.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • March 5, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Agree with you on Halloween 2. The first and last ten minutes of that movie really capture the feel and tone of the original. What's in between is just basic slasher movie stuff but it's not too bad.

  • March 5, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    once again...

    by ComSamVimes

    This column prompts me to check out something cool! I would have never thought to see any sequels to Psycho...but thanks to overwhelmingly positive thoughts about's next on the list. I went out and bought Lifeforce on DVD after you guys raved about it..that movie is bananas! Totallly nutty...but really cool!

  • March 5, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    I did a PSYCHO marathon recently, and saw the first 3 movies.

    by AsimovLives

    The thing that suprised me the most was that the two sequels, PSYCHO 2 and 3 are really pretty good movies. You cna tell that the makers of those two movies didn't slouch. They were really making an effort to not shame the original. They deliberatly made the sequels the best movies they could. And dammit, they made me sympathise with Norman Bates, which is no mean feat. I was suprised and i ended up liking the two first sequels quite a lot. They aren't the original, but they are good companions that don't shame themselves in the company of the the great Hitchcock classic.

  • March 5, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    phifty2, i have to agree with you about Halloween 2.

    by AsimovLives

    And frankly, in Halloween 2, Michael Meyers really dies for good. How in the hell could they even bring him back for more movies?

  • March 5, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    allow me to point out that everyone here is talking

    by KilliK

    about the sequels,but noone has mentioned the remake of the original.heh.

  • March 6, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    That's the highest compliment you can pay, dude. That's the reason this column is here.

  • March 6, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Fun Fun Movie

    by Rebeck2

    Really a mystery - and a damn good one. Is he? Lots of great deaths, but the best is Vera Miles. I always thought that was inspired by the original Psycho poster of Janet Leigh's screaming mouth. Just wonderfully gross.

  • March 6, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Oh, And The Final Twist...

    by Rebeck2

    Is brilliant. Good job not spoling it.

  • March 6, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    Is fucking classic, as well. Just goofy but so entertaining. Gotta' love that naked (and slow-walking) Alien Vampire Chick at the beginning. She was smokin'. The greatest gratuitous nudity I've ever seen.

  • March 6, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Jerry Goldsmith's score

    by kwisatzhaderach

    for Psycho 2 is magnificent, yet nobody seems to talk about it. The main title is beautiful.

  • March 6, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Quint, got any Dune pics?


    I know Lynch's movie isn't exactly great, but it'd be amazing if there was something on set while Herbert was there. Herbert is from my hometown, and went to the high school I went to 60 years later...

  • March 7, 2011, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Great to see some love for LIFEFORCE. I love that movie. What's so clever about the gratitious nudity in LIFEFORCE is that in the context of the story, her human body is just a suit she's wearing, so why would she had any hang-ups about walking around in the nude. Beside,s she walking around nude and super-confident makes her both super-sexy and scary. It's all win!

  • March 7, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    i'll second the B&W PSYCHO II

    by frank cotton

    worked great for THE MIST. have to check and see if my video card can be set to colorless