Psycho III
Psycho III (1986)

More of a parody than a genuine suspensor, Psycho 3 marks the directorial debut of Anthony Perkins, who reprises his role as the unbalanced Norman Bates. This time poor Norman succumbs to the beckoning of his mummified mum and returns to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 2, 1986
DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie was directed by Perkins, in his filmmaking debut. I was surprised by what a good job he does.

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TV Guide

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.

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Variety Staff

The whole enterprise is dependent almost entirely upon self-referential incidents and attitudes for its effect, and it eventually becomes wearying.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The problem with this outing, which marked Perkins' directorial debut, is that it largely plays like a run-of-the-mill slasher flick.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Much better than the second.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Dustin Putman

[Blu-ray Review] Worth a look, but creatively falls victim to a series that slowly declined with each new entry.

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David Cornelius

any fan of the Hitchcock classic whose curiosity was snagged by Psycho II should find something of interest to see here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 29% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
Picking up where Psycho II left off, the Bates Motel is again the site of some nasty doings as the rehabilitated Norman, who has installed a new ice machine,… More
Aj V
A pretty good sequel to the sequel of Psycho, it continues the story, but I didn't like the ending. Of course, Perkins is great once again, but the rest… More
Alex roy
This third entry is a slight step down from part two, but still manages to deliver enough thrills for what it is. Directed by lead actor Anthony Perkins, Psycho… More
David Ladd
An young woman by the name of Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid) was training to be an nun but she has lost her faith. Also she tries to commit suicide, one nun… More
Luke Baldock
Anthony Perkins jumps in the directors seat for this third installment, and he does a mighty fine job. There are still some rough parts around the edges, but… More
jd cryptic
Part 3 is the worse in the series, but it's still entertaining. It's definitely the most violent one. This plays more like a slash and dash, slasher… More

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