Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: 22 Years Later, Norman Bates is Coming Home. (May, 1983)







If you believe the rumors, Robert Bloch, unhappy with the state of formulaic horror films, penned a novel, Psycho II (1982), which showed Norman Bates escaping from an asylum so he can head to Hollywood and knock off those filming a bio-pic based on his homicidal exploits because it wasn’t hewing close enough to what really happened (– but not before he makes a pitstop to take out Lila and Sam Loomis, who married after the grisly events of Psycho, which, you may recall, Bloch wrote the screenplay for.) This, in turn, in a true testament to the box-office results of the Stalk ‘n’ Slash boom that Bloch was aping, found Universal resurrecting the Psycho franchise to cash in on both. And to their credit, not only did they get the rights from Paramount, they also managed to talk Tony Perkins into reprising the role of Norman Bates, and the movie turned out much better than Bloch’s novel, which I found to be pretty freakin’ terrible.
Psycho II (1983) Oak :: Universal Pictures / EP: Bernard Schwartz / P: Hilton A. Green / D: Richard Franklin / W: Tom Holland / C: Dean Cundey / E: Andrew London / M: Jerry Goldsmith / S: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz

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