Synopsis from Scream Factory:
Anthony Perkins makes a terrifying homecoming in his role as the infamous Norman Bates, who after years of treatment in a mental institution for the criminally insane, has come home to run the Bates Motel. Vera Miles returns as the woman who is still haunted by her sister’s brutal murder in the ominous motel where it all occurred many years ago. Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia and Dennis Franz co-star in the terrifying sequel to Alfred Hitchock’s classic film.
Not from the Scream Factory Disc
I was very curious as to how Richard Franklin gets the job for Psycho II. Here’s an Aussie who directs a few movies including one softcore porn flick and a crime drama that is somehow asked to make the follow up to one of the best known movies in horror history. That’s where Patrick comes into play. That’s where Road Games comes into play. Patrick is an Ozploitation (the exploitation films of Australia) classic film that is truly startling though not entirely scary. Road Games starring Jamie Lee Curtis is a take off on the Hitchcock script Rear Window and is considered a piece of Ozploitation gold. That’s how you find Franklin in the director seat. He’s able to capture suspense and work with actors that disturb and captivate. It’s interesting that Franklin worked on Road Games with the daughter of one of the original stars of Psycho, Janet Leigh. So there’s a connection; a near synchronicity. Franklin’s on board and Tom Holland writes one Hell of a good script from which Franklin can create some very disturbing imagery.
I hadn’t watched Psycho II since it was on HBO when I was a kid. Not that I had avoided it, but with Psycho IV most recent in my memory as well as the somewhat lackluster remake on my brain I wasn’t ready to give the franchise a second look. The Psycho series has been drawing some big time attention lately. That starts with the TV show The Bates Motel, an alternate universe of sorts surrounding Norman and his mommy. The original Psycho was released this past year on Blu-ray and became an instant collector’s edition. I believe it remains out of prints and sought after by fans (I’m lucky enough to have a copy). With the Scream Factory release, the series has something even more powerful to talk about. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the sequels are getting some much needed attention and back story.
You’re Scream Factory release includes the following features:
· All-new Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Tom Holland
· Vintage interviews with cast and crew including Anthony Perkins and director Richard Franklin
· Vintage audio interviews with cast and crew
· TV Spots
· Original Theatrical Trailer
You can pre-order Psycho II and Psycho III (review coming soon) from DiabolikDVD or visit the Scream Factory website and pick up the bundle of Psycho II, III and the documentary the Legacy at an affordable price.
Psycho II streets 9/24.