Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Psycho Legacy (2010)

Director: Robert V. Galluzzo

Writer: Robert V. Galluzzo

Composer: Jermaine Stegall

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Robert Loggia, Olivia Husey, Henry Thomas, Diana Scarwid, Tom Holland, Hilton Green, Mick Garris, Jeff Fahey, Stuart Gordon

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The ultimate retrospective on the most influential horror series of all time!

Plot: The cast and crew of all four Psycho films recall their time working on the influential horror series as today's masters of horror reminisce on what the movies stirred in them.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

I'm a HUGE fan of the PSYCHO series.  PSYCHO (1960) is my favorite horror film and it's sequel, PSYCHO II (1983) is a smart and fun follow-up that intelligently serves the original film.  PSYCHO III (1986) isn't a bad film although it's not nearly as good as the other two.  Shamefully I haven't watched PSYCHO IV (1990) yet but it's on my watch list.  I should rectify that very soon.  The less said about the abysmal 1998 remake, the better.  Fortunately, they don't give it a single mention in the documentary.  It's nice to see that someone took the effort to make a doc that covered the sequels.  It's very good in using current interviews with most of the major players in front of the screen and from behind.  There is also lots of vintage video of Perkins from a horror convention that plays nicely, woven into the picture.  At almost an hour and a half it's a great overview of the four films.  My only complaint is that it's too short but there is a lot of ground covered.  Jermaine Stegall does a wonderful job with the Bernard Herrmann score sound alike which gives this an even more professional feel.  There is a second disc that accompanies the film which gives you TONS more interviews and the full 40-minute Anthony Perkins horror convention video.  Perkins is a talkin' mofo at probably 90 miles a second and it's a great watch.  I went through all of the extras and had a great time with it.  Fans of this series need to see this.

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