Blu-Ray Review: "Psycho IV: The Beginning"

"Psycho IV: The Beginning" holds the honor of being one of the first genre films to go back and explore the back story of its main character, which is something we see all the time now (ie. "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning", "The Thing", "Exorcist: The Beginning". The story of young Norman Bates is excellently framed by a fresh tale of terror, much like an anthology film. If you've kept up with "Bates Motel", this almost feels like a condensed version of that.

A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is drawn to a late night radio show where the host (CCH Pounder) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide. Reliving his childhood, Norman recounts his trials of a young boy (Henry Thomas) living with his widowed schizophrenic mother (Olivia Hussey). These haunting memories are more than just disturbing visions of the past; they threaten to rekindle his killing urge in "Psycho IV: The Beginning".

The bonus material alone for "Psycho IV: The Beginning" makes Scream Factory's Blu-ray release worth a new purchase of the film. They include new audio commentary With Director Mick Garris, Actors Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey, a new featurette entitled "The Making Of Mother – An Interview With Make-up Effects Artist Tony Gardner", rare behind-the-scenes footage from Director Mick Garris, and a photo gallery of rare photos from Mick Garris.

"Psycho IV: The Beginning" is rated R for violence and gore, language, nudity, adult situations, and disturbing and intense scenes.

"Psycho IV: The Beginning" is available now on Blu-ray.