Psycho III (1986) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Psycho III (1986)

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  • Release Date:  1986
  • Genre:  Romance, Slasher
  • Director:  Anthony Perkins
  • Screenwriter:  Charles Edward Pogue
  • Cast & Crew: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell, Hugh Gillin, Lee Garlington, Robert Alan Browne, Gary Bayer, Patience Cleveland, Juliette Cummins, Steve Guevara, Kay Heberle, Donovan Scott, Karen Hensel, Jack Murdock

Psycho III (1986) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Andrew = 5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.3 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 2.9 / 10

Psycho III (1986) Synopsis:

A sense of normalcy seems to have taken place at the Bates Motel with Norman Bates managing it, at least until a young lady by the name of Maureen Coyle comes to stay at the hotel. Unfortunately for her, it isn’t just her name that resembles the past victim Marion Crane.

Psycho III (1986) Review:

nthony Perkins directed the third installment of the psycho series. Early on, it was clear that he wanted to make it his own type of movie.

The beginning of the film introduces two main characters, played by Diana Scarwid and Jeff Fahey, who cross paths at Bates Motel. The movie takes a while to develop but held my interest throughout. Bringing back the sheriff, cook and the back story of Mrs. Spool was phenomenal writing. The movie manages to both maintains the story and keeps it intact to the previous two films.

Thereee were also a lot of little short shots and dialogue bits that played homage to the originals, which I didn’t mind since the movie was not overloaded with them. What gives this movie an average five rating, however, is the weak ending. It could easily have been scripted in a more sensible way.

All and all, Psycho III is a solid addition to the Psycho franchise and something that should be favorably credited to Anthony Perkins more often.

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