Norman Bates recalls his childhood with his abusive mother while fearing his unborn child will inherit his split personality disorder.
“Psycho IV: The Beginning” is a 1990 psychological horror film directed by Mick Garris and starring Anthony Perkins and Henry Thomas. It is the fourth installment in the “Psycho” film series, and serves as a prequel to the original “Psycho” (1960), exploring the childhood of Norman Bates and the events that led to his descent into madness.
The movie has received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. While some appreciated the fresh take on the classic story, others felt that it lacked the suspense and terror of the original.
Anthony Perkins delivers a captivating performance as Norman Bates, bringing depth and nuance to the character that fans of the series will appreciate. Henry Thomas, best known for his role in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” also delivers a solid performance as a young Norman, and Olivia Hussey is excellent as Norman’s mother.
The plot of the movie is interesting and delves into the backstory of the Bates family, exploring the trauma that Norman experienced as a child and how it influenced his later behavior. However, some fans may find the plot to be slow-paced and lacking in suspense compared to previous entries in the series.
Overall, “Psycho IV: The Beginning” is a decent addition to the “Psycho” franchise and is worth watching for fans of the series. While it may not be as terrifying as the original, it offers a fresh perspective on the story and provides some insight into the mind of one of cinema’s most iconic villains.