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Really Awful Movies: Ep 276 – Psycho IV: The Beginning



Is this a necessary sequel? No. Is it particularly gripping? Not especially. But what it does have is the one and only Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates…so really, what else is required? On this week’s episode of the podcast, Psycho IV: The Beginning, director Mick Garris’ exploration into the myth, the man, the matricidal legend himself, Norman “Is that you, Norman?” Bates.

Installments two and three of the series, birthed by Alfred Hitchcock, are films we look upon fondly and favourably. They’re better than they had any right to be, especially when those entries had to live up to such an indelible classic (cue those screeching violins, everyone).

In Psycho VI, much of the story is flashbacks that distill the essence of what made Norman the man, and that of course, was the relationship with his mother.

There’s a lot of backstory filling in, so in a way this entry is a bit like Rob Zombie’s largely unbearable and overwrought Halloween entry…however, there is enough here to warrant an evening’s viewing.

Join us on this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast.

In this episode, we delve into Stephen King adaptations, the work of Mick Garris, the influence of Ed Gein, similarities between the familial horror of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Psycho, Freudian psycho-dramas, the life and times of Anthony Perkins, and much, much more.

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 202 – The Fly II



The poster says it all…Like father, like son. The Fly II did gonzo box office but badly with the critics. And that’s a bit of a shame as this one is fun as hell.

Sure there’s no Cronenberg, Goldblum, Davis, etc. And those are big-time names. But director Chris Walas is game and gives us a solid oddball sequel that’s a smashing good time.

Martin Brundle is the son of Goldblum’s Seth. He’s birthed in Bartok Industries in spectacular fashion. Since Gina Davis wasn’t back, the folks behind this sequel did as best they could replicating her…and that was quite ingenious when you think about it.

Martin prematurely ages and is the subject of experimentation. Gradually, he starts to feel more and more fly-like (like pa) and when granted his freedom starts to explore.

The Fly II (1989) then goes really crazy and gory. Much more of a monster movie than the first, a psychological slow-burn, there is nonetheless lots of fun to be had here. And on our show too. Check out our Really Awful Movies Podcast for genre film discussion that’s smart, and mostly sober.