Tuesday, March 21, 2017

12 Cabins, 12 Vacancies, or Thoughts on Psycho III

In many aspects Psycho III (1986) is a more authentic sequel to Psycho (1960) than Psycho II (1983); it was directed by Anthony Perkins and is filled with Hitchcock references, starting out with a nod to the bell tower scene in Vertigo (1958) and intercut with black and white scenes from 1960 and 1983 to establish the mood and tone.  Anthony Perkins’ directorial style is workman-like and professional, reflecting everything he learned and absorbed from an almost 40 year career in front of the camera.  He’s no Alfred Hitchcock, but then again, nobody is.
About a month after the events in Psycho II Maureen Coyle, a lapsed nun who has lost her faith shows up at the Bates Motel, with the same initials as a certain Marion Crane and a similar hairstyle.  It’s a nice respite from Norman’s hobbies of stuffing birds and holding imaginary conversations with his mother, but it’s not long before he’s removing the painting of Susanna and the Elders off his parlor wall and you know that always leads to trouble.
With Diana Scarwid as Maureen, who you may remember as Christina Crawford in Mommie Dearest (1981), and veteran character actor Jeff Fahey in an early role as Duke, a rambling musician of questionable virtue.  Jeff Fahey portrayed Frank from Lost and also appearances in classic TV shows like Miami Vice (1986, movies including Planet Terror (2007) and Machete (2010) and has an impressive IMDb page of 150 credits going back to 1984.
Also featuring an 80’s synth-pop soundtrack by Carter Burwell, who would go on to begin a lifelong collaboration with the Coen Brothers, starting with Raising Arizona (1987).




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