Scream Factory shows Mick Garris Some Love When PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING Hits DVD/Bluray This August!!

SFAMC’s Bates Motel has done a hell of a job giving viewers a fresh, new take on the horror classic PSYCHO and it’s sometimes protagonist/antagonist, Norman Bates. A lot of newer fans of the series have voiced their opinions on how interesting it is to see the genesis of why Norman became what he eventually became: a murderer. Well, as most horror fans know, back in 1990, the Showtime network premiered a made for TV film called PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING. Both a prequel and a sequel, the timeline within the film goes back and forth between Norman being verbally abused by his mother, some interesting sexual tension between them and current day Norman, out of jail and attempting to live a typical married life. I’ve always had a soft spot for PSYCHO IV, and with the announcement of Scream Factory’s August 23rd DVD/Bluray release, it’s the perfect time to either check this one out for the first time or like myself, enjoy it yet again.

A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Perkins) is drawn to a late-night radio show where the host (CCH Pounder, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide. Reliving his childhood, Norman recounts his trials as a young boy (Thomas, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, Ouija 2) living with his widowed schizophrenic mother (Hussey, the original Black Christmas). These haunting memories are more than just disturbing visions of the past; they threaten to rekindle his killing urge in this spine-tingling thriller directed by Mick Garris (The Stand, Masters of Horror).


Special Features:

  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Mick Garris, actors Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey
  • NEW The Making of Mother – an interview with make-up effects artist Tony Gardner (27 minutes)
  • Rare Behind-the-Scenes footage from director Mick Garris
  • Photo Gallery of rare photo from Mick Garris
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