Director: Richard Franklin. Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz. 113 min. Rated R. Horror.
No matter what, Norman and the Bates Motel are such sacred entities, any rendering is a delight. Vera Miles revives her Lila Crane role, and the plot does have one or two surprises. But aside from that, everything is wrong here: acting (yes, even Perkins), story (a Friday the 13th copycat), cinematography (going from black and white to color!), even makeup (ghastly Dennis Franz death scene). You must have nerve to make a sequel to Hitch's best work ever. Why can't they just leave classics in peace, rather than pieces?