It is the first sequel to Alfred Hitchcock 's Psycho and the second film in the Psycho series. Set 22 years after the first film, it follows Norman Bates after he is released from the mental institution and returns to the house and Bates Motel to continue a normal life.
However, his troubled past continues to haunt him. It is unrelated to Prescription Drugs - No Mans Slave - Siege Mentality novel Psycho II by Robert Blochwhich he wrote as a sequel to his original novel Psycho.
In preparing the film, Universal hired Holland to write an entirely different screenplay, while Australian director Franklin, a one-time student of Hitchcock, was hired to direct. The film marked Franklins's American feature film debut. After 22 years in a mental institution, Norman Bates has been cured of his insanity and accepted that his mother is dead. As such, the court has him released. Marion's sister Lila, who married Marion's lover Sam Loomis, vehemently protests, but her plea is dismissed.
Against the advice of Dr. Bill Raymond, Norman takes up residence in his old home behind the Bates Motel. He reports to Psycho - Citizen K - Psycho prearranged job at a nearby diner, where an old lady named Emma Spool works.
After work, a young waitress at the diner, Mary Samuels, has been thrown out Psycho - Citizen K - Psycho her boyfriend's place. Norman offers to let her stay at the motel, then extends the offer to his home when he discovers that the motel's new manager, Warren Toomey, has been using the motel for dealing drugs.
He immediately fires Toomey. Norman's assimilation into society appears to be going well until he begins to receive mysterious phone calls and notes from "Mother" at the house and diner. During a work shift, a drunk Toomey picks a fight with Norman, and he suspects him of the notes and phone calls. Shortly after, a figure in a black dress stabs Toomey to Psycho - Citizen K - Psycho as he is packing to leave the motel. Becoming increasingly sympathetic to and impressed by Norman's fight to keep his sanity, Mary takes up permanent residence in a guest room at his house.
While Norman is renovating his motel, he Just Passin By. - Big Picture - Just Passin By. voices in the house, and enters his mother's bedroom to find it exactly as it was 22 years ago.
A sound lures him to the attic, Your Fathers Car - Flatsound - Scotland, I Wish You Had Stayed. he is locked in. Meanwhile, a teenage couple sneaks in through the cellar window to have sex. They notice a female figure pacing in the next room. As they try to climb out, the boy is stabbed to death. The girl escapes and alerts police. Mary finds Norman in the attic and he shows her his mother's bedroom, only to find it back to its state of disuse.
The sheriff arrives and questions them about the boy's murder. Mary claims they were out walking together at the time. After the sheriff leaves, Norman rebukes her for lying. He fears he may have killed the boy, since Mary told him the attic was unlocked when she found him.
That evening, Mary and Norman find a bloody rag stuffed in the toilet. Norman is horrified, believing he committed another murder, but Mary insists he is innocent. Mary goes down to check the motel. In the parlor she is surprised by Lila, her mother; Lila and Mary have in fact been making the phone calls and notes, even posing at the window dressed as Norma Psycho - Citizen K - Psycho . Mary altered Norman's room and locked Norman in the attic so she could change it back.
All of this was an attempt to drive Norman insane again and have him recommitted. However, Mary's growing friendship Psycho - Citizen K - Psycho Norman has convinced her he is no longer capable of killing. She suspects someone else is in the house, pointing out that Norman was locked in the attic at the time of the boy's death.
Raymond discovers Mary's identity as Lila's daughter and tells Norman that Mary and Lila must be the ones harassing him. He also has the corpse of Norma Bates exhumed, to prove Norman is not being haunted by his mother. Norman is only partially convinced, saying the one behind everything must be his "real mother", despite there being no record of him being adopted.
Norman confronts Mary with what Dr. Raymond told him. She says that she has given up her part in Lila's ruse, but Lila will not stop. Later, Norman becomes too terrified to leave his room, saying he saw his real mother in the house. Mary admits to Norman that his sanity is beginning to erode and stays to comfort him.
While Lila is retrieving her "Mother" costume from a loose stone in the cellar Psycho - Citizen K - Psycho , a figure steps out of the shadows and murders her. Meanwhile, the police dredge the swamp and find a car, with Toomey's body in the trunk.
Mary runs to the house to try to convince Norman to flee. The phone rings, Norman answers, and starts speaking to "Mother". Mary listens in; nobody is on the line with Norman.
While Norman debates with "Mother" about her command to kill Mary, Mary runs into the cellar and dresses up as Mother, complete with butcher knife, in an unsuccessful bid to get Norman to "hang up". Raymond grabs her from behind, thinking he has caught her in the act of trying to drive Norman insane, and in her fright Mary plunges the butcher knife into his heart.
Confronted by the sight of "Mother" standing over Dr. Raymond's bloody corpse, Norman's sanity snaps and he advances upon Mary, babbling. Mary backs into the fruit cellar and stumbles upon Lila's body, buried in a pile of coal. Assuming Norman is responsible, Mary raises her knife to kill him but is shot dead by the incoming police.
The ensuing investigation is inconclusive, but in light of an overheard argument between Mary and Lila, Mary's attempt to kill Norman, and her dressing as Norma Bates, the police deduce Mary most likely committed all the murders.
Later, Emma Spool, the diner co-worker, visits Norman. Spool tells Norman she is his Psycho - Citizen K - Psycho mother, and that Mrs. Bates was her sister, who adopted Norman as an infant while Spool was institutionalized. She reveals that she was the murderer, having killed anybody who tried to harm her son.
In response, Norman strikes her in the head with a shovel, killing her. Concerned by this, Universal decided to make their own version that differed from Bloch's work. Universal hired writer Tom Holland to write the screenplay. Hilton A. Greenassistant director of the original Psychowas contacted and asked if he wanted to produce the film. Green, fearing that Hitchcock may not have approved of sequels to his films, called Hitchcock's daughter Patricia Hitchcock and asked what she thought of the film.
Originally, the film was intended as a made-for-cable production. It was really Norman's story Corso and Julie Fletcher, including two Tiffany lamps, the stuffed owl and raven, the brass hands seen in Mrs. Bates's bedroom, the bedroom fireplace, the Victorian bed and armoire, and the foot-long threadbare runner for the staircase.
Raymond is actually Courthouse Squarewhich is located on the Universal Studios backlot in California. Both Franklin and Holland wanted the film to be a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock and the original film.
Franklin also repeated various shots from the original film such as the shot where Norman walks into the kitchen and sets his jacket down on the chair. The final pages of the shooting script were not distributed to cast and crew until the last day of filming.
The last shot of the film with Norman standing in front of the house was used as a Christmas card for various crew members. Reflecting on the shoot, Franklin recalled Perkins as being "very generous" on-set, and praised Miles as a "powerhouse" and "one of the most forceful" actors he had worked with.
Composer John Williams was considered to do Criolla Y Lavandera - Los Indios Tacunau - San Lorenzo score for the film, but it was decided to go with composer Jerry Goldsmith. Goldsmith was a long-time friend of original film composer Bernard Herrmann.
On some film assignments Goldsmith would discover that the director had used some of Herrmann's music from other films as temporary soundtracks. Goldsmith would often joke when he discovered this "Not Benny again! Variety deemed the film "an impressive, years-after followup to Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classic".
Psycho II transforms her once sympathetic, heroic supporting role into a hateful bit part and then kills her off with a revoltingly obscene flourish.
Has movie storytelling broken down this grotesquely in 23 years? A review published in the Detroit Free Press praised the film as "jumpy fun" and "another cult film in the making".
Film scholar John Kenneth Muir praised the film's depiction of Bates in "human, realistic terms,"  deeming it "admirably frank and sincere" and "a great film on its own The Emergency Kisses - Stereolab - Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night. The site's consensus states; "Although it can't hold a cleaver to the classic original, Psycho II succeeds well enough on its own merits to satisfy horror fans.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Psycho II Theatrical release poster. Green Bernard Schwartz. Universal Pictures  Oak Industries .
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