Masters of Terror 2017: John Carpenter's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in John Carpenter’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

Psycho II

A murderer released from a psychiatric institution questions his sanity.
Psychological Thriller
Big Plot Twist
United States
1983
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Relative: 
Mother
Trickster: 
Impostor
8
You’ll think you’re going mad!
6
6
7.04
7.04
4
3
3
Dialogue
Plot
Ambiance
Psycho 2 is released 23 years after the original film. The surreal thriller became one of the few significant milestones of its time and wasn't necessarily designed to generate a franchise, though its plot never led to the antagonist’s death. As we know now, Anthony Perkins’s character was the killer and he returns for this sequel. He gives a performance perfectly in tone with the previous one.
The original Psycho was in black and white and this one uses washed out color. It crafts a photography that purposely feels behind its time. The grain is rich and the lighting is evened. Tom Holland wrote a slow screenplay that spends quality time with the leads. He creates dialogue tension effortlessly, as Hitchcock did. He keeps the story arc to a minimum, as if suspending and stretching time.
Like 1960s Psycho, Psycho 2 is big on turns and twists but doesn't necessarily keep them for last. When you think you have it all figured out, an element of surprise makes you reconsider what you think you know. This is a layered whodunit with what seems like plot holes, but it is made in the spirit of the original. The pacing is the same, the structure is as creative and it is just as dark.
Alternate Titles: 
Psycho 2
Psycho Part 2
Psycho Part II
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