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Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) Rating:
- Dylan = 7.5 / 10;
- Andrew = 5 / 10;
- IMDB = 5.5 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 3.3 / 10
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) Synopsis:
Norman Bates finally living a normal, married life outside of the Bates Motel. However, while a radio show does a bit on matricide, Norman decides to call in and recount the story and side-events that led up to him killing his mother. The show causes Norman to stew in past memories and old feelings that creep into his murderous psyche.
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) Review:
Originally aired on television, the fourth and final film in the franchise, called The Beginning, is a half prequel and half sequel. The reason why Psycho 4 can be labeled a prequel is because there are more flashback scenes than current, present scenes occurring within the film’s run-time. The premise of him calling into a radio show about his past is a little corny but since it’s original within the horror genre, it didn’t mind myself as a viewer as much.
The parts that are most enjoyable about The Beginning are the flashback scenes that really dug deeper into Norman’s relationship with his mother. In these scenes, Olivia Hussey was amazing as Norman’s mother, a tremendous part to a good cast. She looked absolutely stunning and demonstrated a phenomenal skillset as an actress. In contrast, there were scenes with poor acting by other cast members and bad dialogue throughout the film.
The movie doesn’t add much to the story overall, but clears up a lot of questions that were originally left to the audience’s imagination. Being the last movie in the franchise, it actually wraps itself up really nicely at the end, which is sometimes rarely done in the horror genre.
Psycho 4: The Beginning is nothing extraordinary but a decent watch, along with the other sequels, so it’s truly best to watch all of the films in a row after Hitchcock’s classic original.