It’s time to give a vastly under-appreciated sequel some love. Obviously Hitchcock’s original Psycho is a bone fide classic. So it took some real balls to attempt a sequel to a movie of that stature, especially 22 years later. But I’m telling you, they did it right. Psycho II deserves some long overdue love. Here is the brief imdb synopsis:
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes – and his mother – continue to haunt him.
Anthony Perkins was the heart and soul of the original Psycho, and he further proves how incredible he truly was in the sequel. Watching him struggle with his psychological problems, trying to figure out if he’s still crazy or not, is really a sight to behold. But what makes this film so special to me, is that it did something… different. Now, it feels weird to not reveal spoilers to a movie that’s almost 30 years old, but I’m not going to, because that’s much of the fun behind this film. It would have been so easy for the filmmakers to just phone in an average slasher sequel where Norman kills more people, but that’s not what this movie is. It takes you on an entirely different journey, and figuring that journey out is so much fun. Plus, you’ve got Robert Loggia, Meg Tilly, and even a creepy Dennis Franz along for the ride. I’m telling you, give this sequel another look, because it’s so much better than people give it credit for.
Where to Watch: Streaming on Peacock.
Food/Drink Pairing: A turkey sandwich from a tiny diner.