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31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - Psycho 3
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Oct. 23, 2013 5:16 p.m.

By David Massey<>


For those of

you that thought making a sequel to ‘Psycho’ was a disastrous, shark-jumping

moment in cinema history, you ain’t seen nothing’ yet. On Valentine’s Day,

1986, first-time director, Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates himself), released ‘Psycho

3’ and, at the time, no one cared. It’s a shame because, unlike ‘Psycho 2’ –

which spent a lot of time and energy reproducing and imitating Hitchcock - this

is a totally new and much darker take on a scenario that we already know quite

well. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray puts it all in perspective

and garnishes the film with a hefty ensemble of bizarre features.<>


Psycho 3 <>

<> The Film:<>

<> If you

haven’t seen the previous ‘Psycho’ films, there are a number of sub-plots and

asides in ‘Psycho 3’ that will mean absolutely nothing to you. It is a film

that really hinges on all the previous elements and as careful as I was in my

‘Psycho 2’ review not to reveal all the twist and turns, it was all for not

because ‘Psycho 3’ defiantly unravels every one of them.<>

<> Much like

the original, the film starts with a woman running away. This time it’s a very

disturbed nun who has left her convent having lost her faith in God and her

will to live. Janet Leigh look-alike, Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid - ‘Mommie

Dearest’ / ‘Rumble Fish’) treks across the desert where she is picked up by a

very sleazy Jeff Fahey (‘The Lawnmower Man’ / ‘Body Parts’). The two wonderers

end up checking into the Bates Motel and, by now, you should have a hint at

what’s in store for them.<>

<> There are a

few attempts at building on the ‘Psycho’ mythology but there aren’t any big

surprises and there really isn’t one over-arching story (unless you take the

previous films into account). Here’s a rundown of the sub-plots tied in: 1.)

Maureen has lost all direction and Norman feels sorry for her so they go on a

date before she gets killed. 2.) Duke, Fahey’s character, is working his way

out to L.A. where he’s going to be a big rock star. He learns a bit more about

Norman than he should and tries to use this to his advantage. 3.) There’s a

reporter trying to discredit Norman’s sanity and disprove the truth about

Norman’s mother (one of the twists from ‘Psycho 2’). 4.) The Bates Motel is

full of guests for once and Norman has to sneak around killing them (for no


<> What’s so

different about this sequel? For starters, I’m not really sure who the main

character is. Unlike the previous sequel, Norman doesn’t seem to be conflicted

any longer; he’s back to taxidermy, he’s got ‘Mother’ back, he’s peeking

through holes in bathroom walls, and he’s quick to kill. Maureen barely has any

screen time and, though she is introduced as a possible heroin, her character

doesn’t really go anywhere (a la Marian Crane). Duke is too repellant to root

for (but gets more screen time than almost anyone). So, oddly enough, the

closest we’re given to a protagonist is Roberta Maxwell’s (‘Popeye’ /

‘Philadelphia’) reporter who is the least interesting character with the

biggest payoff. <>

<> All in all,

this is the most sequeley sequel you will ever see and that should be enough to

spark your curiosity.<>



The Disc:<>

<> From the

opening scenes, I was really shocked at how grainy this was. Fortunately, it

seems to smooth out a bit as the film progresses but not the best image.

There’s a fairly decent commentary with screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue (‘The

Fly’ / ‘DragonHeart’) so you have some sense of the script and the intention of

the many plot-points but he doesn’t seem to have been involved much in the

actual production of the film which makes his insights a bit lacking.<>

<> Where the

features really excel is with the interviews. It’s apparent that the leads in

the film (aside from Fahey) were unavailable (in one way or another) so we are

treated to unexpected insights from secondary characters, body-doubles, and

Makeup Effects Artist Michael Westmore (‘Raging Bull’ / ‘Rocky 2’).<>




  • Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue

  • Interviews with Actors Katt Shea, Brinke Stevens, Jeff Fahey

  • Interview with Special Makeup Effects Artist Michael Westmore

  • Theatrical Trailer<>



The Specs:

  • 1080p High-Definition Widescreen 1.85:1

  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

  • English Only Audio & Subtitles

  • Original Release: 1986 (mislabeled as 1983 on the Blu-ray cover)

  • Runtime: 93 Minutes

  • Rating: R




Story: C / Most of this we’ve seen

before and what we haven’t is just trying to undo what we have.

Presentation: C / The image is really

uneven and there’s a barrel-scraping feel to the features.

Scare Factor: B / This is much darker

than either of the previous film.

Gore Factor: B / There’s plenty of blood

and a few cringe-worth moments but gone is the slasher ethic of Psycho 2.

Repeat view-ability: C / For hardcore

Norman fans only.

Add Psycho

3 to your collection, click HERE!<>

Check out

yesterday’s Scream Factory review, Psycho 2!<>

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