Psycho II is an impressive, 23-years-after followup to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 suspense classic. Director Richard Franklin deftly keeps the suspense and tension on high while dolling out dozens of shock-of-recognitions shots drawn from the audience’s familiarity with Psycho.
Psycho II doesn’t live up to the original, but doesn’t dishonor it either, even though its allegiances are clearly with Hitchcock’s film rather than Robert Bloch’s words. Psycho II isn’t perfect or brilliant. But it was good enough to successfully bring a beloved cinematic fixture back into action after an extended hibernation, and savvy and soulful enough to realize that what makes Norman Bates such an icon isn’t his monstrousness, but his trembling, eminently relatable humanity.
91% psycho ii is the sequel to the original psycho i heard psycho ii is a really good sequel to the original and i wasn’t a huge fan of the original this movie was a lot of better norman bates was amazing in the movie and the movie has mystery even it’s a sequel some sequels to the original loose that but overall an better movie of the original for me and so good of mystery and characters
Though Psycho II is essentially camp entertainment, Mr. Perkins plays Norman as legitimately as possible, and sometimes to real comic effect. His new Norman doesn't seem as much rehabilitated as reconstituted, but as what? That's the point of the film.
Although Psycho II is obviously a travesty masquerading as a sequel, it's impossible to tell how deliberate the ludicrous aspects of the masquerade were meant to be. In fact, the best sustained mystery element of the show derives from stylistic sloppiness and confusion.
For much of its length, the film is a surprisingly serious plea for the rights of the mentally ill and the legitimacy of the insanity defense. When the need to make a commercial shocker finally asserts itself, the film shifts gears with unseemly, damaging haste. Though far from a worthy successor to the original the film clearly could have been much worse.
Making a sequel to a Hitchcock film can't be an easy one. Especially because Hitchock had been dead for a few years by the time this came out. But, I think this movie is a pretty good follow-up. Making sure Anthony Perkins returned, this movie feels in the same vain as the original.
Although Psycho II is nowhere near as amazing as the first, but it's still a watchable movie. I do believe that it's better than most second installments from other slasher franchises. As far as sequels go, they tried their best with this one.