Psycho III
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For his third outing as disturbed innkeeper Norman Bates, Anthony Perkins directed as well as starred in the thriller Psycho III. This time out, Norman is still manning the desk at the Bates Motel, where he now has an assistant, Duane (Jeff Fahey), and a new long-term tenant, Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid). Maureen has been seeing Duane and has some issues to resolve in her life; she gave up her vows as a nun not long ago, and she isn't sure just how she feels about either spiritual or earthly matters. Norman takes an interest in Maureen, which may not be good for her long-term health --… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

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"Perkins tries to imitate Hitchcock's visual style, but most of the film is made without concern for style of any kind, unless it's the bludgeoning nonstyle of Friday the 13th."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The movie was directed by Perkins, in his filmmaking debut. I was surprised by what a good job he does."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Not just some actor who has been given a chance to direct, Perkins has a style and, like fellow director-actors Orson Welles and Clint Eastwood, knows his own persona, knows how to photograph and light himself for the proper effect."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A twisted tale of sexuality, religion and misogyny"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The whole enterprise is dependent almost entirely upon self-referential incidents and attitudes for its effect, and it eventually becomes wearying."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The problem with this outing, which marked Perkins' directorial debut, is that it largely plays like a run-of-the-mill slasher flick."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Much better than the second."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"It is strong in parodying the original, so fans should look out for it so long as they've got a sense of humour."
‑ , Film4
"It has a cast of talented, self-effacing actors, who don't upstage the material, and an efficient screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue, who doesn't beat you over the head to prove that he has a sense of humor."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"[Blu-ray Review] Worth a look, but creatively falls victim to a series that slowly declined with each new entry."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"any fan of the Hitchcock classic whose curiosity was snagged by Psycho II should find something of interest to see here."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Superior horror sequel stylishly made by star Anthony Perkins"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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