Psycho III

 (428)5.41 h 33 min1986R
Anthony Perkins directs and stars as Norman Bates who is released from prison and returns home to the Bates Motel where he must face the murderously possessive skeleton in his closet.
Anthony Perkins
Anthony PerkinsDiana ScarwidJeff Fahey
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Roberta Maxwell
Hilton A. Green
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DafReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Third time not a charm
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Psycho III does handstands and cartwheels to distract you from noticing that not much of consequence actually happens in it. It introduces three new distinctive characters but one (the Jeff Fahey character) could be written out entirely without losing much and the other (the reporter) is mostly dressing for plot exposition.

The third (the suicidal former nun) would appear to be the meat of the story as she develops a relationship of sorts with our titular psycho, Norman Bates, but it's really the movie spinning its wheels again: Norman seems to be morbidly fascinated with her rather than truly care for her and she's such a nutter herself that you can't possibly imagine any happy or even stable future for the pair. There's simply nothing at stake here.

It's not until the end that there's any truly meaningful story advancement and even then the final shot seems to undercut this potential breakthrough by implying Norman hasn't actually changed much because of it. Without even much of a mystery element this go-round, we're mostly left with some stabbings and some scenery-chewing performances to fill time, which admittedly might be all you're needing depending on what you're in the mood for, but I felt it was largely empty and unsatisfying.
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fmwaalexReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a great series of films and has one of the greatest performances of all time in each film by Perkins as one of the greatest film characters of all time. Each film I have honestly enjoyed and that goes for all five, yes five. That is three theatrical originals, the TV film and then the remake, yes even the remake. Still this was a fun addition to the series with Perkins also directing.

After the events that transpired only a month or two ago a journalist is convinced that Norman is killing again. Meanwhile Norman hires a new manager for the Motel as he has other problems going on, namely the arrival of a young lady that reminds him of someone from his past. All four are set for a collision, or is all still in his head?

This third film much like the second I believe is a worthy sequel to the classic original . The acting is excellent much like the previous films and I thought Perkins did a great job behind the camera as well. Writer Charles Pogue gave us a fun story and also provided and excellent and informative commentary on the Scream Factory release. We also get some vintage behind the scenes and interviews. This like part 2 is highly recommended.
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SoissonReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Watchable but, don't expect much.
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I think Mr. Perkins would have succeeded with making a Friday sequel over this. Psycho II was a pleasant surprise and had an excellent twist at the end just like the original. This on the other hand... Well, with an experienced director, this could have been much better. The story was okay (could have been better also) but, it just didn't live up the it's predecessors. This was more of a slasher than a thriller. Fortunately IV was slightly better. But, only slightly.
Mike ClorReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty good slasher flick
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Despite having the number 3 in the title, this film is actually better than the standard slasher sequel of the 80's. Anthony Perkins returns to his signature role as the unstable hotel owner but also directs this entry. Perkins tries hard to make his own horror movie and not fall back on the Friday the 13th formula but also manages to give the movie a look and feel that fits in with the 80's slasher movies we know and love. The subplots of the emotionally unstable nun and the sleazy drifter definitely add to the story as well. Shout Factory also included plenty of extras and new interviews on this Blu Ray for the fans to enjoy.
Stefan HayesReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Homage To 80s Slashers
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Scarwid is excellent as the confused/ex nun. She is the core character and semi-heroine in this film. Directed by "Norman Bates" himself, this film is fun and offers a great screenplay with a direct tie-in to Part 2: a true sequel. With the "Lois Lane" wannabe tracking "Norman's" every move, to the "Down Home" Sheriff who delivers a slight bit of comedic relief, to the "Stud Budding Musician", all the performances were top notch and no one player can be singled out as being the "best". This film is pure 80s fun with chills and a little gore. GOOD JOB TO THE FILMMAKERS!
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MarleneReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Suspense at best
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I love Psycho 3... Norman Bates at his best. Movie is a little different. Movie has some good like Maureen and he didnt kill her but she does die. I think Psycho 3 is as good as original Psycho.
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Mad CollectorReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Spend the night in the Bates Motel...
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First off, the score for this film is very unique. Unlike the Psychos before it, this one has Perkins in the director's chair. AND Diana Scarwid of Mommie Dearest! Atmospheric with religious undertones, this one has entertainment value. When compared to Psycho II, it is considered subpar by many, considering it undid the storyline established in that movie. But if you have an afternoon to spend at the Bates Motel, this one will hold your interest.
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S Quentin QualeReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great buy over regular DVD!!!
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Much better than the old DVD. I do not have to zoom the screen to get a full picture. The lighting is better, and the kill scenes more visible and crisp, yet still looks like decent effects for the time and the movie that it is.
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