Psycho III


Psycho III

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More of a parody than a genuine suspensor, Psycho 3 marks the directorial debut of Anthony Perkins, who reprises his role as the unbalanced Norman Bates. This time poor Norman succumbs to the beckoning of his mummified mum and returns to the past. There is plenty of gore and blood in this outing but "Psycho" fans will enjoy it.


Anthony Perkins
as Norman Bates
Diana Scarwid
as Maureen Coyle
Jeff Fahey
as Duane Duke
Roberta Maxwell
as Tracy Venable
Hugh Gillin
as Sheriff Hunt
Gary Bayer
as Father Brian
Patience Cleveland
as Sister Margaret
Steve Guevara
as Deputy Leo
Karen Hensel
as Sister Catherine
Brinke Stevens
as (uncredited body double)
Katt Shea Ruben
as Patsy Boyle
Hugo L. Stanger
as Harvey Leach
Lisa Ives
as Belltower Nun
Angele Ritter
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Psycho III

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (8)

  • Perkins tries to imitate Hitchcock's visual style, but most of the film is made without concern for style of any kind, unless it's the bludgeoning nonstyle of Friday the 13th.

    Oct 21, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The whole enterprise is dependent almost entirely upon self-referential incidents and attitudes for its effect, and it eventually becomes wearying.

    Jun 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • It has a cast of talented, self-effacing actors, who don't upstage the material, and an efficient screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue, who doesn't beat you over the head to prove that he has a sense of humor.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • The movie was directed by Perkins, in his filmmaking debut. I was surprised by what a good job he does.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The problem with this outing, which marked Perkins' directorial debut, is that it largely plays like a run-of-the-mill slasher flick.

    Oct 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [Blu-ray Review] Worth a look, but creatively falls victim to a series that slowly declined with each new entry.

    Sep 23, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Psycho III

  • Jan 06, 2016
    Surprisingly really good in quite a few scenes. Falls flat here and there too. Probably the most curious one of the franchise. Anthony is a more than competent director as well. Well worth the trip if you can conceive it's possible to make good sequels from the masterpiece that was the original.
    Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2013
    The Psycho series outstays its welcome with a third installment of madness. When Norman takes a liking to a disillusioned nun who's come to stay at the Bates Motel, Mother gets upset and people start disappearing. The plot is incredibly contrived and really doesn't add anything to the series. The directing also underperforms, as Anthony Perkins takes the helm and is unable to deliver the suspense or intensity that the previous films had. What started out as a classic has turned into mindless tripe with Psycho III.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2012
    This third entry is a slight step down from part two, but still manages to deliver enough thrills for what it is. Directed by lead actor Anthony Perkins, Psycho III is a satisfactory entry with nothing really new going for it. Despite this, there are all the signatures of what makes a Psycho film, minus the Alfred Hitchcock treatment. For what it is, it entertains, but mildly. Perkins seems to direct with uncertainty with the known fact that the original 1960 classic is so iconic not only in the horror genre, but in the cinematic medium. Despite this, Anthony Perkins directs a pretty decent flick that is fun, but lacks something to make it worth seeing again. The thing I liked about this film is that Perkins managed to convey the creepy atmosphere well enough by some well placed scenes and a good performance as Norman Bates. This flick will surely divide fans even more than the second sequel, but one thing is for sure, it's definitely not awful. As a directorial first for Anthony Perkins, he was able to convey a picture fun enough to make for a worthwhile Slasher. However, what bugs about the sequels is that though amusing to watch, it kind of ruins the suspense factor of the Hitchcock original by having a much higher body count and more blood. Even if it's a Psycho film, the films shouldn't be seen as just a Slasher outing because along with Peeping Tom, Psycho set the standard for the Slasher genre fifteen, twenty years later. These films were way ahead in their time and revolutionized horror cinema forever. Psycho III is entertaining, but can't be compared to the original due to the Slasher aspect of the film. Nonetheless, worth seeing.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2012
    Anthony Perkins jumps in the directors seat for this third installment, and he does a mighty fine job. There are still some rough parts around the edges, but for a first time this is great. It's obvious he is finding his own style by incorporating the skills and techniques of others. The cinematography has a very 80s, nostalgic feel, and is certainly taken from Blood Simple. Perkins also uses some tricks he seems to have picked up from Hitchcock. I love the toilet kill scene, as we see the roll of toilet paper roll down in a similar way to the shower curtain being pulled in the first film. The film picks up where number 2 left off, with Norman having reverted to his old ways after his real mother confronted him. This means there is a true lack of mysterious suspense surrounding the film. Having seen the second film, Bates is still a character to root for, as we know he has the capabilities to be good, but it's the insanity around him that causes him to slip. There are many parts that feel forced, and it smells of studio interference. The last shot, for example, completely undoes the ending and what it should have represented. A great addition for a rather surprisingly awesome trilogy.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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