After Alfred Hitchcock unleashed his slasher hit Psycho in 1960 on movie goers it forever changed the horror genre. Jump ahead to 1983 and everyone’s favorite dysfunctional mother son relationship returned with Psycho II featuring Anthony Perkins reprising his famous role along with Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, and Vera Miles reprising her role from the original film as well. Now Shout Factory is giving fans a chance to return to the Bates Motel and brining Psycho II to Blu-ray for the first time.
Psycho II follows Norman Bates who is released from a mental institution 22 years after the events of the original film despite the protests of Lila Loomis who insists he is still a killer. On the surface Norman seems cured, but after returning to his home and the Bates motel trouble begins and history seems to begin to repeat itself. This was one of those films that had a near impossible task of following such a classic film, but crafted a clever story that not only continues it but keeps the same tone and builds on it perfectly. Anthony Perkins stepped back into this role like he had never left and even added a creepier tone to it. The ability for them to bring Vera Miles back to keep the original idea intact while bringing another female lead in Tilly to take over was pure brilliance in execution. While the film stepped up the over-all graphic nature of the killing it still kept the same slow build formula and mystery of the original to create a perfect sequel. What is even more clever is that in all reality Norman is the victim in this film the way it all plays out and in turn takes him back to the darkness that he was most likely already beyond.
This is another beautiful hi-def transfer that makes this classic film that much more enjoyable to worth checking out. If you are a fan of the slasher genre then this is a must own. In addition to this h-def transfer of the classic sequel, this Blu-ray also features commentary, vintage interviews, theatrical trailer and the TV Spot. Be sure to grab your copy when it hits stores on September 24th.
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