The late Anthony Perkins returns as the inescapably lovable Norman Bates. Perkins is on form and the continuity (Perkins now aged and the same sets used) from the first film works perfectly in director Richard Franklin’s favour. Quirky Meg Tilly is notable as Normans younger love interest and Vera Miles cameos. Jerry Goldsmith excellent score captures the Psycho-esque feel of Bernard Herrmann’s original.
Writer Tom Holland’s offering plays out as an interesting mystery (with moments of 80’s slasher) and while the passage of time that Norman has been away isn’t fully taken advantage of there’s enough to peak attention especially as Norman is haunted by the events as depicted in Psycho (1960) and the murders resume.
Put Alfred Hitchcock’s classic at the back of your mind as there will never be another movie like it, but in colour and by default brought up to date, Psycho II is probably one of the truest horror sequels. Underrated and worth viewing.