Confident directorial debut by Anthony Perkins who returns to his most famous role as mother-obssessed killer Norman Bates.
Opening with a striking first scene in a bell tower we're introducted to Diana Scarwid; a wannabe nun who starts to question her faith and herself. Fleeing the convent she is picked-up by sleazy sexist Jeff Fahey (who does well in his role) and they both end-up at the Bates Motel. From there all sorts of blood shed and psychological horror occurs (including an effectively staged phone booth slaying).
Kudos go to Perkins for making a sequel that while underrated today is a very good entry with Perkins comfortable enough in the role he created to make Norman even more odd, shy and vulnerable than before (the vulnerability is proven in the scene where he goes to dump a car in the swamp).
Throw in Carter Burwell's great score (especially the opening theme music), a great twist on the original's shower scene and a high watchability and you've got one above average sequel.
Directed By: Anthony Perkins.
Written By: Charles Edward Pogue.
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell.