Psycho IV: The Beginning
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Starring Anthony Perkins
CCH Pounder
Series Order 4 of 4
Directed By Mick Garris
Written By Joseph Stefano (written by)
Robert Bloch (characters)
Producers Hilton A. Green (executive producer)
Les Mayfield (producer)
George Zaloom (producer)
Release Date November 10, 1990
Body Count 4

Psycho IV: The Beginning is the final sequel to Psycho, and also acts as a prequel.

Plot[edit | edit source]

After being judged as rehabilitated Norman Bates is now married to a nurse named Connie and is expecting a child. Norman secretly fears that the child will inherit his mental illness, so he must seek closure once and for all.

Radio talk show host Fran Ambrose is discussing the topic of matricide with her guest Dr. Richmond, Norman's former psychologist. Norman calls the show, using the alias "Ed", to tell his story.

Norman's narrative is seen as a series of flashbacks set in the 1940s and 1950s, some slightly out of order. When Norman is six years old, his father dies, leaving him in the care of his mother, Norma. Over the years, Norma dominates her son, teaching him that sex is sinful and dressing him in girl's clothes as punishment for getting an erection in her presence.

The two live in contented isolation at the large house as if there is no one else in the world, until in 1949 she becomes engaged to a brutish man named Chet Rudolph. Driven over the edge with jealousy, betrayal and Norma and Chet's constant abuse, Norman kills both of them by serving them poisoned iced tea, then steals and preserves his mother's corpse. He develops a split personality in which he "becomes" his mother to suppress the guilt of murdering her; when this personality takes over, he dresses in her clothes, puts on a wig, and talks to himself in her voice. As "Mother", he murders two local women who try to seduce him during their stay at his newly opened motel.

Dr. Richmond realizes "Ed" is Norman and tries to convince Ambrose to trace the calls. Richmond's worries are dismissed. Norman fears he will go insane and kill again. He tells Fran that Connie got pregnant against his wishes and that he does not want to create another "monster". He then tells Fran he realizes that his mother is dead, but that he may kill Connie "with my own hands, just like the first time."

Norman takes his wife to his mother's house and does attempt to kill her. Connie reassures Norman that their child will not be a monster, and he drops his knife. Connie forgives him. He burns the house where all his unhappiness began. As he tries to escape the flames, he hallucinates that he sees his victims, his mother and eventually himself preserving her corpse. Bates barely gets out of the burning house alive.

He and Connie leave the next day. Norman happily proclaims, "I'm free," indicating his mother won't get inside his mind ever again. Then, the wooden doors of the house cellar close on the rocking chair that continues to rock, then "Mother" demands, "Let me out of here! Norman! You hear me, boy?! LET ME OUT!". The screen then quickly cuts to black and the sound of a baby crying is heard, indicating the birth of Norman Bates' baby.

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References[edit | edit source]

Psycho III | Films of the Psycho Franchise | Psycho (1998)
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