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!