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Psycho II

Director Richard Franklin
Year 1983
Starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly
Rating R
Run Time 113min
More Info IMDb

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Hundreds of years ago, a fat person made a movie where a guy in a dress stabs a lady in the shower. Cinephiles in sweaters uniformly declared it The Best Horror Film of All Time. When this sequel surfaced, critics roundly dismissed it as an opportunistic swipe at the engorged slasher market. This may be true, but it's also a masterpiece. Anthony Perkins returns as Norman the one-man family circus, though the Bates Motel may have developed some murderous secrets of its own in his absence. Suddenly, Hollywood's favorite psychopath is thrust into the hero role, charged with uncovering the force behind the latest round of butcherings, and fighting to clear his good name before he's lynched by the locals. Unfortunately, he's not entirely sure he's innocent ("I don't kill people...anymore.") Though it's unlikely to appear on some boring white jerk's Top Ten list, PSYCHO II is an intelligent, perfectly paced and impossibly entertaining achievement, tipping its hat to the preceding classic and breaking new ground of its own. That ol' shower scene's got nothing on this film's final minute-and-a-half. (Zack Carlson)

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