Psycho II
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A sequel to one of the most popular horror films of all time, this psychological thriller received a pleasantly surprised, positive critical reception. Anthony Perkins returns as Norman Bates, who has just been released from an insane asylum after 22 years, having been judged clinically sane by the State of California over the objections of Lila Crane Loomis (Vera Miles), sister to one of Norman's murder victims. Norman returns home to the hotel and hilltop mansion he once inhabited with his mother. As a parole condition, Norman is hired at a local diner, where he struggles to join… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Richard Franklin deftly keeps the suspense and tension on high while dolling out dozens of shock-of-recognitions shots drawn from the audience's familiarity with Psycho."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It is a craftsman-like piece of filmmaking with a suitably flaky performance by Perkins, but it isn't really a sequel to Psycho. It continues the story, but not the spell."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[Blu-ray Review] A psychologically scary and handsomely mounted thriller."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"This sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's classic is surprisingly good."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[It's] a sequel that supports its predecessor instead of diminishes."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Though far from a worthy successor to the original (but why make impossible demands?) the film clearly could have been much worse."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"That it's about as chilly a movie as ever delighted the mass market is beside the point, in view of its exuberantly macabre craftsmanship."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"You can chide Psycho II for its hubris, and the fact that it won't ever get within shouting distance of a classic. But for a quiet summer escape with an old motel owner we used to know... yeah, it could be a lot worse."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"Not a bad sequel at all."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"There are one or two effective surprises, but this still feels like the kind of sequel which should have been left alone."
‑ , Film4
"Scary and fun, it's as worthy a sequel as one might reasonably expect."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A person would have to be as crazy as Norman Bates to even think about helming a sequel to Psycho, but the shocking truth is that this intelligent follow-up in no way soils the memory of its classic predecessor."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A surprisingly decent sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's landmark slasher..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The weakest of the series. Still has its fair share of scares."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"A pretty classy sequel that only becomes silly at the end."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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