Movie Review: PSYCHO III (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

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Anthony Perkins returns to the role of Norman Bates and makes his directorial debut in this second sequel to the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho.

The Bates Motel is once again the site of something evil as the rehabilitated Norman attempts to help a disturbed young woman, Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid), who has left the convent because she can’t find any proof that God exists. Maureen bears a striking resemblance to one-time Bates Motel guest Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) which puts Norman on edge. At the same time, a nosy reporter is snooping around town looking into Norman’s past. Suspense, terror and black comedy worthy of the master himself are in hearty supply in the most shocking Psycho of them all!

PSYCHO III picks right up where the last sequel left off, with Norman trying to just make it in life but there always seems to be someone who is looking to get revenge on Norman or people who lets their curiosity get them in trouble. This time Norman meets up with a young nun who is on the run and there is a striking resemblance between her and the woman Norman killed years earlier in that famous shower scene. What happens is Norman’s conscious bothers him for this and he tries to make things right with his new guest but as he tries to make things right he gets a number of annoying people who begin to bother him and this begins to set him off, and we all know what that means!  Norman gets his hands a little bloody in this third outing that ends with him headed back to the farm with a little smirk on his face.

The story for Psycho III is pretty cool and it included a little more humor and blood than the previous sequel but it’s always Anthony Perkins who steals the show and this time he shows off his directing skills and I thought he did a great job!  Perkins’ eye captures some haunting shots that help with the suspense in this horror sequel.  I thought Scream Factory did a fantastic job for the transfer to high-def, the picture and sound are both crystal clear on this Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.

The packaging comes with a slip cover and features the original key art on the front so retro fans should be pleased and the back includes movie details, some stills and the special features listing.  There’s also some movie stills inside the Blu-ray box. Something else I like about this is the cool animated menu that Scream Factory has gotten so good at.

Bottom line is,  this Psycho III (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray was a little more enjoyable than the second one. I think Perkins’ directing skills caught more of the thrills and suspense that the second film was missing while keeping a little sense of humor about it. This Collector’s Edition Blu-ray releases on September 24th and is worth checking out!

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time:  93 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features: This release includes new interviews and commentary that fans will enjoy. I also enjoyedthe original theatrical trailer that Scream Factory added in. You can see all the cool extras below!

  • New Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue
  • Watch The Guitar – New interview with Actor Jeff Fahey
  • Patsy’s Last Night – New interview with Actress Katt Shea
  • Mother’s Maker – interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator Michael Westmore
  • Body Double – interview with Brinke Stevens
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
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