Conclusion: 'Psycho III' returns Norman Bates to his homicidal roots and gives plenty of nods to Hitchcock's original, but this third installment of the venerable franchise, despite another interesting plot, shucks the elegant tone that distinguishes its sister films in favor of a more gratuitous approach, and the result is a disjointed effort that more closely resembles 'Halloween' and 'Friday the 13th' than the spine-tingling Hitchcock classic.
Excerpt: With few exceptions, sequels to classic movies are a bad idea. When Universal greenlit Psycho II more than two decades after Hitchcock's untouchable original, it must have sounded like madness. The decision was in part a response to Robert Bloch's 1982 novel of the same name, although the film had almost nothing in common with that book.
Conclusion: Psycho III is more of a traditional slasher movie than the first two films in the series but it's still a really fun watch. Perkins might chew the scenery here but he's still perfect in the part, as twitchy and awkward and uncomfortable as would seem possible while the relationship that builds between his character and Scarwid's anchors the movie. Throw in a fun performance from sleazy Jeff Fahey and some good kill scenes and this one is a lot of fun. Shout!
Conclusion: Scream Factory has done a bang up job with their Psycho releases that highlight their “Fall of Fear” series going on. The films both look great and have picture qualities in sync with each other. Psycho III ’s release features 4 interviews made exclusively for this Blu-ray, making this Blu-ray more than worth your while. If you’re a fan of this series, you’re going to be really happy with this release. If you’re just checking this out for the first time, you’re in...
Summary: There's hubris and then there's hubris . It's one thing to churn out a sequel to a relatively run of the mill effort that's done well at the box office (consider the ever growing Fast and Furious franchise for an excellent example), but it's something else entirely to attempt to craft a sequel (or two. . .or three. . .) for one of the most iconic and legendary movies in the entire history of film.