Reviewed byinsomniac_rodVote: 7/10/10
I first watched "Psycho IV" when I rented it on the early 90's. I was abig fan of Psycho II and I respected Psycho. Psycho III was a bigdisappointment so I thought that part IV would be at least, a decentslasher.
This pre-quel is not as bad as you may think. It explores Norman'sorigins and tries to reach a conclusion about his personality. To me,it worked. Norman is not the villain anymore and the director makessure about that because he displays a victimized, sick Norman.
The ending is a perfect way to end the Psycho series which were farfrom being bad. Part II is excellent, unlike Part III which is a boringslasher flick. Part IV deserves the watch for it's ending and becauseit's Anthony Perkins' last hurrah as Norman Bates.
Reviewed by23skidoo-4Vote: 7/10/10
Psycho IV was the swan song for America's favorite nutcase, as AnthonyPerkins died of AIDS complications only a year or so after making it. Butthe character goes out in style.
In many ways it appears this film ignores the events of Psycho II and IIIinfavor of a "where is he now" story which leads into a flashback that inpartexplains why Norman went crazy.
Tony Perkins gives a sympathetic performance as Norman. You actually feelsorry for him, particularly at the end (which I won't give away). Has hereformed? Is he still crazy?
Olivia Hussey, meanwhile, is marvelous as his insane mother. She's stilloneof the most underappreciated actresses in movies today, and there's a sceneof her standing in a downpour in which she looks exactly like she did whenshe played Juliet back in 1968. Her scenes with Henry Thomas are full oftension -- including sexual tension, making much of this film anuncomfortable viewing experience. But you don't watch a Psycho movie torelax, do you? Argentine-born, British-raised Hussey also has one of thesexiest voices ever put on film -- although it's a bit odd hearing amidwestern woman having a British accent.
The rest of the supporting cast is also good, especially CCH Pounder as atalk radio host who attracts the attention of Norman.
My only real disappointment is they should have shot the flashbacks inblackand white, as several scenes intentionally reflect the original film(Normanspies on his mother making love using the famous peep hole and also stabs agirl in much the same way (music included) that he killed Janet Leigh intheoriginal film).
A fitting send off for one of the most terrifying characters in cinemahistory. I must go now ... my mother is calling me.
Reviewed byAlabamaWorley1971Vote: 7/10/10
An interesting and quite psychologically accurate telling of how NormanBates became the world's most famous momma's boy. Henry Thomas was a goodchoice for young Norman. Olivia Hussey is VERY good as Mama Bates. Herreactions to Norman created an atmosphere for his schizophrenia to fester:the scene where she tickles him at his father's funeral is a good example.When he quite rightly giggles, she slaps him, even though she provoked it.Young Norman grew up not knowing how to react to situations. Plus the greatlove and fear for his mother laid the groundwork for his psychosis. It'sreally pretty good.
Norman Bates returns for this prequel, once more having mommy trouble. This time around he is invited to share memories of mom with a radio talk show host, but the PSYCHO fears that he may kill again for his beloved is impregnated with his child and Norman cannot let another PSYCHO loose in the civilized world.