Latest Articles

  • 530e39da6d209c5afb67d3d2b913d332 450 750

    Batman: Kings of Fear #4

    The Scarecrow drops some harsh truths on the Caped Crusader. Read More
  • 9f98136b108a9124889fdd7f9565a1a7 450 750

    Elizabeth Harvest

    A fresh spin on a classic tale. Read More
  • Dc408636ba63abd2fa51a290d408583e 450 750

    Leprechaun Returns

    Don’t act like you’re not going to check this one out. Quit kidding yourself – it’s the damn Leprechaun! Read More
  • 1644a3bb1b38dcb570323f4f0a549ed1 450 750

    Chatting Blossoms 666 and the Anti-Christ with Cullen Bunn

    The writer of the upcoming Archie Horror series talks about the project, artwork, and who would win against Damian from The Omen. Read More
  • Fb4dd072219aea662811fdd28ba95f0a 450 750

    Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema

    Beneath the dark heart of the dark heart of cinema. Read More
  • 9e54bdb8ad8a0da3e226e8016a28b6cf 450 750

    Hell is Where the Home is

    Slick, sick home (dis)comforts. Read More
  • D9d5fbf69564efb9997bee26f391a050 450 750

    Dracula A.D. 1972

    Dracula A.D. 1972 is a Hammer Film starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, so why isn't it better? Read More
  • 893283041126eccbe917fe67ebd640e2 450 750

    Blue My Mind

    Torturous teen trauma makes mermaid transformation look like a blessing. Who likes fish? Read More
  • Ab424302fc81d0bd4d396980135cb93d 450 750

    Limited Run Games - Douglas Bogart Interview

    Douglas Bogart is the co-owner of Limited Run Games, the company keeping collectors on their toes. Read More
  • 7e118c73ddb8a8986d38b01ab9a10e08 450 750

    The Farm

    Bring your bib (and some patience) and ask yourself: how much do I like human flesh? Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

Latest News

  • Check Out Even More Buffy the Vampire Slayer Covers +

    8bc0f2f5388e75bbfd65ad71ad122e87 160 120 BOOM! Studios is going all out for the launch of the new series next month. Read More
  • Killer Swine Down Under as Boar Hits DVD +

    Af475edc975b7dae7fdbf335ec46a173 160 120 Chris Sun's Frightfest creature feature gets a release. Read More
  • In a Stranger's House Scares its way to VOD +

    0f460804e41f711a12939c2ece4ab13a 160 120 The O'Briens director Richard Waters brings found footage scares to the small screen. Read More
  • Calamity Kate Fights Zombies, Vampires, and More This February +

    183a252d112c1a4f749434ab6ac6e912 160 120 Dark Horse Comics to publish the adventures of your new favorite monster hunter. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Home

Psycho III Collector's Edition Blu-ray Review


Written by ZigZag

Blu-ray released by Scream Factory

 

Psycho Iii 01

 

Directed by Anthony Perkins
Written by Charles Edward Pogue
1986, Region A, 93 minutes, Rated R
Blu-ray released on September 24th, 2013

Starring:
Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates
Diana Scarwid as Maureen Coyle
Jeff Fahey as Duane Duke
Roberta Maxwell as Tracy Venable
Hugh Gillin as Sheriff Holt
Katt Shea as Patsy
Gary Bayer as Father Brian

 

Psycho Iii 02 Psycho Iii 03

 

Review:

 

In the weeks following the events of Psycho II, the community of Fairvale has moved on and the Bates Motel is back in business. Norman has resumed his old hobbies of taxidermy and murder; all is good in the world. Things change with the arrival of a weary traveler in search of spiritual inspiration and bearing more than a passing resemblance to one of Bates' earlier victims. Her name is Maureen Coyle and Norman is immediately taken with her beauty and the memories she invites. These romantic feelings are dampened however by the inquisitive Tracy Venable, a suspicious journalist looking for dirt on the recent activities following Norman's release from the hospital.


Occupancy is picking up at the motel, with half the rooms already booked for an upcoming football game. Needing an extra hand, Norman hires an aspiring musician named Duane Duke as his assistant manager. Duke is a scumbag and an opportunist, and he takes the reporter up on her offer to pay for information on any suspicious behavior from his new boss. Despite Mother's protests, Norman invites Maureen on a date and appears to be approaching something that resembles happiness. Mother has different plans and soon people are disappearing from the motel once again.


Psycho III marks the directorial debut of actor Anthony Perkins (Crimes of Passion) and he makes the transition nicely. He certainly knows the material and apparently paid attention to other directors over the years as he takes a strong lead in crafting an entertaining movie despite standing in Hitchcock's shadow. Perkins really succeeds at keeping audiences firmly planted in Norman's camp, no matter how disturbing his behavior. Particular attention has been paid to the pacing of the film and while this sequel more closely resembles the slasher subgenre, there are quite a few inspired moments that elevate it above lesser horror films. A series of thoughtful transitions from one sequence to the next keeps things interesting and the tone is further enhanced by a haunting score from Carter Burwell (Blood Simple).

 

Psycho Iii 04 Psycho Iii 05

 

Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue (The Fly, 1986) does not have much interest in repeating the suspense-filled mystery of Psycho II. He instead offers an extension of the Bates character from the original film, back in his normal routine. This script never plays as a whodunit since the audience is quite familiar with the protagonist now and gets to watch him work in intimate proximity. There are several sequences that feature Norman spending time alone and this film offers the most direct look at his relationship with Mother. There is also the charming idea of watching Bates' behavior on a first date and the determination to overcome his crippling social awkwardness. Once again, there is a love story at the center of this sequel, but it really is the primary motivator for the main character and despite the whole psychotic murderer aspect of his personality, audiences genuinely want Norman to be happy.


Perkins gives another commanding performance in the role that would forever be associated with him. He maintains the vulnerability and remorse explored in the previous sequel, but is a bit more expressive in his quirkiness here, as Bates is so uncomfortable with Maureen's physical appearance. Diana Scarwid (Mommy Dearest) has great chemistry with both male leads and conveys an innocence that allows Norman to be the strong heroic figure that Maureen needs. Jeff Fahey (Body Parts) is perfectly cast as the charming misogynist Duke, a sleazy opportunist looking for a quick buck. His scenes with Perkins are his best and Duke’s third act character arc provides some nice tension. In any other film, Roberta Maxwell (The Changeling) would be the hero, but here she is a threat to Norman's freedom, so fans of the series shun her as the antagonist. This nosy journalist may benefit from a side of fame, but she appears sincere in her efforts to solve the case of Mrs. Spool's disappearance.


While not as solid as the last sequel, Perkins delivers a picture that is clever, witty and highly entertaining. The script offers creative variations on some of the returning material and provides a few nice subtle touches to Norman's internal struggle. There a few welcome additions that connect this film with the last, including returning supporting characters from the local diner and police force. The story only stumbles in the final act with an unfortunate truckload of exposition delivered first while a character is solving a jigsaw puzzle and later with another lengthy monologue of the type that has plagued the finales of all three films to this point in the franchise. I really like the idea that the majority of the sports fans gathered for a homecoming game will leave unharmed with nothing but fun memories of what an awesome time they had partying at the Bates Motel. Their referrals may inspire another sequel!

 

Psycho Iii 06 Psycho Iii 07

 

Video and Audio:


The picture is presented in the original aspect ratio, opened up slightly to 1.78:1, and looks pretty fantastic for the most part, although there are a few shots with excessive grain. Colors and flesh tones are natural and black levels are rich. There are some minor flashes of dirt and print wear, but this is easily the best the film has looked in years.


The default DTS-HD MA 5.1 track serves this disc well with a nice amount of action delivered to the rear channels. There are some nice directional sound effects throughout and the thunderstorm sequence is a nice highlight. The original mono mix, presented here in a DTS-HD MA 2.0 track that is equally clear and free from distortion. English subtitles are provided.

 

Psycho Iii 08 Psycho Iii 09

 

Special Features:

 

While the extras on Psycho II were a bit light, Scream Factory returns to form with a nice collection of goodies that fans will certainly appreciate.


Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue is joined by Red Shirt Pictures' Michael Felsher for an audio commentary that is conversational in nature and has a nice flow to the content. Pogue discusses how he became attached to the project and his experiences working with Anthony Perkins. He also shares insight on the direction of some earlier ideas for the script, including a role for Psycho vet Janet Leigh.


Watch the Guitar (16 minutes) is a highly enjoyable interview with actor Jeff Fahey, who shares quite a few stories about his time on this film and working with cast and crew. One highlight includes his awe at watching Perkins' effortless transition from director to actor and back again. Stick around for a really fun bonus story at the end.


Patsy's Last Night (9 minutes) is another terrific interview, this time with actress Katt Shea, who really seems to enjoy her memories of working on this film. She has some fantastic Perkins stories and additional tales from the set, including her time spent inside the ice box.


Mother's Maker (11 minutes) features makeup legend Michael Westmore revealing secrets behind the various murder-set-pieces and his creation of Mother.


Body Double (5 minutes) offers a frank discussion with actress Brinke Stevens, who was brought in for some brief nudity when actress Diana Scarwid was unavailable.


Wrapping things up nicely are a few marketing items that include the original theatrical trailer and teaser campaign and a gallery of production stills.

 

Psycho Iii 10 Psycho Iii 11

 

Grades:

 

Movie: Threeandahalfstars Psycho Iii Cover
Buy Amazon Us
Video: Threeandahalfstars
Audio: Fourstars
Features: Fourstars
Overall: Threeandahalfstars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author
ZigZag
Author: ZigZag
Staff Writer
ZigZag's favorite genres include horror (foreign and domestic), Asian cinema and pornography (foreign and domestic). His ability to seek out and enjoy shot on video (SOV) horror movies is unmatched. His love of films with a budget under $100,000 is unapologetic.
Recent Articles

Search

Popular Categories

YouTube

OBEY - CONSUME

cheap halloween costumes in dhgate stores

Contests

Join Us!

Hit the buttons below to follow us, you won't regret it...