|09.10.05||Alamo Downtown||This Screening is part of event: QT6|
QT 6 day 2, er... night 2: the 80s horror movie all-night marathon. Six movies that almost broke me in my hardcoredness. Let's just say thank god for R. Kelly, but more on that later.
The evening started with Psycho 2, which I'd conscioussly avoided (along with Psycho 3 and Psycho 4) because I love the first one so much i don't want to see that universe sullied. So i had a wee bit of trepidation going into this, compounded when Tarantino spouted off on his non-love for Hitch and preference of any and all hitch-rips (except Truffaut (another gasp!) over the fat man himself. After hearing that, I truthfully had no clue how good or bad this night would go. Luckily, Psycho 2 is a really good film and I think it surprised everyone in the theater who hadn't seen it. The dude sitting next to me said he was just staying for the first movie and based on his surprised enjoyment ended up staying for 5 out of the 6 (although I'd say the last 2 don't count because he was PASSED all the way OUT).
The story is set 20 years after the first movie, with Norman Bates being released from the loonyin and Vera Miles makes him go crazy again. It's told really well though and Anthony Perkins does indeed deliver a really nuanced performance. Watching this made me think that even though I haven't seen everything he's been in, no matter how many movies he did he was still underutilized as an actor, especially after Psycho. He should have been a much bigger star i think.
QT pointed out perhaps his favorite line reading ever. Tony perkins gives it when he has to say "cutlery." Poor Norman, if only Vera Miles hadn't messed you back up. Dennis Franz was also quite good in this as a super sleezoid who gets drunk and dies. awesome.