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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

psycho III (1986)

Psycho III is a 1986 sequel to Psycho & Psycho II. The film stars Anthony Perkins (who also directed the film), Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey and Roberta Maxwell. The screenplay is written by Charles Edward Pogue. The original music score is composed by Carter Burwell. The film is marketed with the tagline "Norman Bates is back to normal. But Mother's off her rocker again!"

The film starts off with Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid), a mentally unstable young nun, is on top of a bell tower about to commit suicide, one of the nuns try to gets her to come down, but the nun gets pushed off and dies. Another nun tells Maureen that she will burn in hell, she is forced to leave the abbey after this ordeal.

Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is still manning the desk at the Bates Motel, where he now has an assistant, Duane Duke (Jeff Fahey), a sleazy young musician desperate for money. Maureen, now the new long-term tenant, has been seeing Duane and has some issues to resolve in her life; she gave up her vows as a nun only days before, and she isn't sure just how she feels about either spiritual or earthly matters.

Maureen finds herself at the diner, where Norman is a short order cook since his release from the asylum. Norman takes an interest in Maureen because she strongly resembles Marion Crane -- the girl he murdered in the shower 22 years earlier. Her initials, "M.C.", are also the same as those of Marion Crane. Meanwhile, Norman is still keeping the dressed corpse of the killer, Mrs. Emma Spool, in his old Victorian mansion behind the Bates Motel on the hill.

Director and star, Anthony Perkins, clearly made an effort to make Psycho III in a style reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's original classic: its style is rooted in Psycho, not Psycho II.

For instance: During a conversation between Maureen and Norman in the motel's office, Maureen expresses her concern that she may have "gone a little mad" when she left the nunnery. Norman, echoing himself from Psycho, replies: "We all go a little mad sometimes."

After this conversation, Maureen decides to take a bath. But what we see is not Marion Crane's joyful cleansing in the shower, but the surrender of an acutely dispirited woman. When "Mother" opens the curtains, she sees not a hardy woman in a shower, but, rather, a broken woman in a bathtub. She is committing suicide by slitting her wrists with a razorblade.

Maureen looks up at Mother and Mother, weakened, lowers the knife. Maureen, then, sees not a blade, but a shimmering crucifix. What Maureen was staring at was not Norman's mother coming to kill her, but Mother Mary coming to save her. Norman "returns" and gets Maureen to the local hospital to save her life. After she is released, he invites her to stay back at the motel and they began a romantic relationship.

One day, Tracy Venable (Roberta Maxwell), a nosey journalist, is writing an article about serial killers being put back on the streets. She comes to seek Norman and ask questions about his past and "Mother". Norman becomes defensive of the reporter and tells her to leave. But Tracy is trying too hard to prove that Norman is beginning a series of murders once again.


1. Scream Of Love (03:47)
Theme Song from Psycho III - Written by Carter Burwell, Steve Bray & David Sanborn
2. Maureen In The Desert (01:56)
Written by Carter Burwell
3. Dirty Street (03:37)
Written by Carter Burwell, Steve Bray & Stanton-Miranda
4. Before And After Shower (03:36)
Written by Carter Burwell
5. Warm As A Cry For Help (02:20)
Written by Carter Burwell
6. Sisters / Catherine Mary (04:13)
Written by Carter Burwell, Steve Bray & Stanton-Miranda
7. Mother ? (02:45)
Written by Carter Burwell
8. Bad Boys And Body Bags (03:53)
Written by Carter Burwell
9. Revenge Of A Thankless Child (02:47)
Written by Carter Burwell
10. Electroshock Waiting Room (01:45)
Written by Carter Burwell

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