Psycho 3 (1989) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Toward the end of his long performing career,
Anthony Perkins experimented with directing. He directed two films,
this one and Lucky Stiff, a black comedy about a guy who marries into
a family of cannibals, and starts to worry when they ask to have him
for dinner. Perkins wasn't in Lucky Stiff, so Psycho III is the only
film in which he directed himself.
of a shame that Lucky Stiff was such a bomb, because Psycho III isn't
half bad, and Perkins may have made a good director of genre pics. In
this movie, his Norman is just as loony as ever, of course, but "mother"
keeps showing up in places that Norman doesn't know about. Mother even
writes him a note. So what's going on? When Norman gets a note from
his mother, is he sane enough to know that she's incapable of writing
Brinke Stevens shows her faceless breasts and
buns as the body double for Diana Scarwid.
Juliette Cummins shows
her breasts in a lengthy sex and post-sex scene with Jeff Fahey.
Finding out the answer to those questions
is the fun of the film.
The film includes one
great Hitchcockian moment when Norman has hidden a body in an ice
machine, and the sheriff takes some ice out to cool himself on a hot
day, so immersed in the cool sensation that he never notices that the
ice is dripping with blood. All the while, Norman's heart is racing with
Is "Norman Bates" the most universally recognized
character name in film history? It must be very close to the top, so
universally familiar that SNL or any morning DJ can joke about the Norman Bates
school of Motel Management without any fear of being misunderstood.
Here are some interesting trivia facts about the
gentle, dignified man who came to be so clearly identified with
Was a college
classmate of Fred Rogers (aka "Mr. Rogers").
Is in the middle
generation of a three generation family of movie actors. The other
two are his dad (Osgood) and his son (Oz).
was one of the victims of a terrorist-hijacked plane that crashed
into the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001.
There is Psycho V
footage out there somewhere, but it was shelved when Perkins died.
- with their dollars: USA domestic gross
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C. Unexceptional, but pretty solid thriller.
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