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Sunday, May 8, 2011

G's Siskel & Ebert Classic Review: PSYCHO II (1983)

Siskel & Ebert was on channel 2 at 11:35pm every Sunday. Here is our weekly tribute to the two legends. Film school starts now.

G's Take: PSYCHO II is a unique experience that builds up to an ending that doesn't quite work, but up until that point, it is a smart (if unnecessary) film. It took director Richard Franklin balls the size of Texas to take on the task of creating a sequel to one of the most admired films of all-time. Franklin creates his own universe while still continuing the story of Norman Bates. This is a solid film which would get the unlikely PSYCHO franchise off on the right foot (though it went down hill after the third film, the best of the sequels). THUMBS UP!

Quick note: My favorite Richard Franklin film is ROAD GAMES (1981) starring Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis. This is a really smart film full of tension and atmosphere that you should seek out.

See you on forty deuce,