A sequel to one of the most popular horror films of all time, this psychological thriller received a pleasantly surprised, positive critical reception. Anthony Perkins returns as Norman Bates, who has just been released from an insane asylum after 22 years, having been judged clinically sane by the State of California over the objections of Lila Crane Loomis (Vera Miles), sister to one of Norman's murder victims. Norman returns home to the hotel and hilltop mansion he once inhabited with his mother. As a parole condition, Norman is hired at a local diner, where he struggles to join mainstream society, despite the stares of patrons aware of his past. At the diner, Norman befriends Mary (Meg Tilly), a waitress, and it seems that he may be putting some semblance of a life back together. But then Norman begins to experience hallucinatory encounters with his long-dead mother, including a handwritten note, a phone call, and a sighting of her standing at her favorite window. Is Norman's psychosis manifesting itself again, or are old enemies attempting to drive him back into an institution? As the pressure mounts, bodies pile up, and Norman's fragile hold on normality becomes more and more tenuous.

    Anthony Perkins - Norman Bates
    Vera Miles - Lila Loomis
    Meg Tilly - Mary
    Robert Loggia - Dr. Raymond
    Dennis Franz - Toomey
    Hugh Gillin - Sheriff Hunt
    Claudia Bryar - Mrs. Spool
    Robert Alan Browne - Statler
    Ben Hartigan - Judge
    Lee Garlington - Myrna
    Tim Maier - Josh
    Jill Carroll - Kim
    Chris Hendrie - Dep.Pool
    Tom Holland - Dep. Norris
    Thaddeus Smith - Deputy Sheriff
    Robert Traynor - Desk Clerk
    Jackie McNamara
    Oz Perkins - Young Norman
    George Dickerson - County Sheriff
    Gene Whittington - Diver
    Ben Frommer - Sexton
    Bruce Greenwood