There are many sequels in this world: TREMORS 2(1996), JAWS 2(1978), FRIDAY THE 13th PART 2(1981), and many more. Today’s requests were given by SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS KIM WAILES and BRANDON BLACKMOOR. Today, I lay down my roots to review PSYCHO II(1983) and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2(1985). This review will be different, however, there will be the dreaded….SPOILERS!!!!
I know I know….ok maybe I’ll lay off the spoilers for PSYCHO II but for NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2. First up, PSYCHO II(1983). Ah, back to the Bates Motel we go, only in this films case it’s 22 years following ALFRED HITCHCOCK’s original PSYCHO(1960) film. It is honestly strange to watch the opening. Much like the early FRIDAY THE 13TH series sequels, it opens up to show the memorable shower scene from the first film.
We are then led into a large, barely filled courtroom with a slow pan into the back of ANTHONY HOPKINS aka NORMAN BATE’S head. It’s honestly strange to see him as a much older man. Despite being locked up in a psychiatric ward for over 22 years, he still seems like a innocent, naive teenage boy at times as we see in the beginning scenes. We find out after 22 years, a judge reveals that NORMAN is healthy enough to be released to the public…..now honestly, do you really think that is a good idea, CInsomniacs? Well, whether you think it’s the right decision or not, it happens anyway (insert mischievous cackle).
Norman is released to a familiar past character’s dismay.
Don’t recognize her? Well ladies, gentlemen, and plant fold alike, put your hands and/or leaves together for VERA MILES! Or to the PSYCHO story, Lila Crane and in this film actually Lila Loomis after marrying Sam Loomis. Despite the marriage, however, we find out that Sam has passed away and Lila has a daughter named Mary Loomis. These two women are a key part in PSYCHO 2. Lila is still furious over the death of her sister and with the release of Norman, she and her daughter come up with a scheme in order to drive Norman insane again to put him back into the hospital.
How do they do it? Who is the key person behind Norman’s original insanity? Mrs. Bates! Throughout the film Lila makes numerous phone calls to the Bate’s home, pretending to be Mrs. Bates along with her daughter disguising her last name and placing various notes signed by Mrs. Bates at Norman’s new job and his home.
Now, I will say this. When we see the Bates Motel and the house after Norman is released-it is one of those moments you wish you could slow down and take it all in. Can you imagine walking up those steps after seeing the original PSYCHO and then not seeing it for many years, BAM, you’re there? If you are a PSYCHO fan and haven’t seen this film yet, watch it and I guarantee it’s one of those rare cinematic moments that will take your breath away.
Back to the film, we find out the Bates Motel is being run by this sleezy guy named Warren Toomey. Toomey pretty much has turned the hotel, and I will quote Norman on this, “A-an Adult Motel.” After Norman finds drugs in one of the rooms, he fires Toomey from working there. Of course, Toomey doesn’t agree with him and throws a huge fit. Later in the film, we watch a mysterious figure dressed as Mrs. Bates kill Toomey and like the previous film, place Toomey in the trunk of his car and drown him in the lake. Now, I already spoiled the first kill and given you a clue to who Mrs. Bates might be but I will leave the mystery left to you.
I can honestly say, this film is pretty great and I agree it is misunderstood and should be shown. It is cheesy at some moments, but it’s going to be. I highly recommend this sequel and give it 10 HYPNOTIC EYES out of 10!
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