Psycho II

Psycho IIBob Destri Hilgenberg and Anthony Perkins in Psycho II, Universal Pictures 1983.Psycho II


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.

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 6.1/10 (8,736 voted)

Richard Franklin

Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly

Now declared legally sane, Norman Bates is released from a mental institution after spending 22 years in confinement over the protests of Marion Crane's sister Lila Loomis, who insists that he's still a killer and that the court's indifference to his victims by releasing him is a gross miscarriage of justice. Norman returns to his motel and the old Victorian mansion where his troubles started, and history predictably begins to repeat itself.

Writers: Tom Holland, Robert Bloch


Anthony Perkins

Norman Bates

Vera Miles

Lila Loomis

Meg Tilly

Mary Loomis

Robert Loggia

Dr. Bill Raymond

Dennis Franz

Warren Toomey

Hugh Gillin

Sheriff John Hunt

Claudia Bryar

Mrs. Emma Spool

Robert Alan Browne

Ralph Statler

Ben Hartigan


Lee Garlington


Tim Maier


Jill Carroll


Chris Hendrie

Deputy Pool

Tom Holland

Deputy Norris

Michael Lomazow


Norman Bates is back. Coming home was a bad mistake!

Release Date: 3 June 1983

Filming Locations: Bakersfield, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $5,000,000


Opening Weekend: $8,310,244
(5 June 1983)

Gross: $34,725,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The way that Norman says "cutlery" in the scene in the kitchen was conceived during a table read of the script. Anthony Perkins accidentally stuttered when he said the line and director Richard Franklin loved it and told him to say it like that in the film.


When Norman drops his suitcase, his clothes fall out of it twice between shots as it rolls downstairs.


[first lines]

Norman Bates:
Mother, oh God, Mother. Blood! Blood!

The basis of the staff report Norman Bates is judged returned to sanity and is ordered released at will.

User Review

"Just don't let them take me back to the institution"

Rating: 10/10

Psycho II is, without a doubt, the greatest sequel of all time. Having to
make a follow-up to a film as unique and wonderful as Psycho seems like an
impossible task, but director Richard Franklin and brilliant writer Tom
Holland knew how to pull it off. This isn't a rip-off of the original like
some sequels are; this really stands on its own. It's unpredictable,
chilling, gruesome, exciting, interesting, and surprisingly touching.

With Psycho II, we are able to see exactly what kind of man Norman is. We
get such a clear feeling of how he thinks and feels, and we realize what a
fascinating character he really is. He is no longer the villain here, and
instead, we just wish that everyone could leave the man alone. Anthony
Perkins' performance is too good for words, and the other actors shine as
well, especially Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, and Dennis Franz.

The only real misfire in this movie is that they showed the shower scene
from the original Psycho at the very beginning. It doesn't serve any real
purpose, especially since there is so much more to Psycho than that one
famous scene. However, it recovers quickly during the opening credits when
we see the sun set upon Norman's creepy house, making it look lovely. One of
the best things about this movie is the music. Jerry Goldsmith contributes
some really lovely scores, and they are used perfectly throughout the movie.
I honestly can't get enough of the main score; it's beautiful.

Try to avoid seeing this on TV. USA does a lot of editing, and they
completely cut out a couple really special parts, in my opinion. The parts
they cut out are the most sensitive/sentimental parts of the movie, so try
and rent Psycho II instead!!!

Just as good as the original, in my opinion. ***** (out of