Stephen King Meets Norman Bates! week concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Mick Garris introducing his own “Psycho IV,” starring Anthony Perkins.
After the boxoffice failure of PSYCHO III plans for Anthony
Perkins to again direct and star in a follow up were derailed and Mick Garris
was brought in to direct. Original PSYCHO scribe Joseph Stefano decided to
ignore the plot twists of the previous two entries and the unsold tv pilot
BATES MOTEL and treat this one as a direct sequel-cum-prequel to the original.
Theatrical play was bypassed and the film debuted on Showtime cable, where it
garnered respectable viewership.