Awfully Good Movies - Psycho IV: The Beginning (Video)

Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
 Mick Garris
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas, Olivia Hussey

Last weekend marked the release of Darren Aronofsky's new horror art flick MOTHER!, which has garnered some very divided reactions among critics and audiences, so now Awfully Good Movies pays tribute to the most famous horror movie ever made about a mother...by making fun of one of its sequels, with 1990's PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING! Yes, many have argued about whether we needed any sequels to Alfred Hitchcock's landmark thriller, let alone three of them. But for the final installment, once again starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, they actually got the screenwriter of the first PSYCHO to come back and write the script, with future Stephen King collaborator Mick Garris in the director's chair. Okay, sure, maybe you'll feel skeptical after hearing this one was made for TV--but then again, so was BATES MOTEL, which has just wrapped up five successful seasons on A&E. And if you liked that show's contemporary spin on the origin story of Norman Bates and his manipulative mother, then perhaps you'll be intrigued to hear that this fourth PSYCHO has Norman relaying the story of his youth to a radio show host, with Henry Thomas (Elliot from E.T.) and Olivia Hussey respectively playing Norman and Norma Bates in flashback sequences. Also, John Landis is in it! So perhaps you'll find this sequel/prequel to be more on the "Good" side than the "Awfully" side...or at least more endurable to watch than that Gus Van Sant remake. Seriously, Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates? Next, you're gonna tell me that Danny McBride's teaming back up with the director of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS on a new HALLOWEEN movie. PFFT! Give me a break...

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Extra Tidbit: It's no accident that Norman Bates uses the name "Ed" as a false name in this movie; Robert Bloch, author of the original PSYCHO novel, based the character of Norman Bates on real-life psycho Ed Gein, who was sent to an insane asylum in 1957 for stealing the buried corpses of middle-aged women resembling his recently deceased mother, so he could make a "woman suit" out of their skin which he'd wear to take the place of his mother. Gein was also the inspiration for Leatherface from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and Buffalo Bill from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.
Source: JoBlo.com



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