For his third outing as disturbed innkeeper Norman Bates, Anthony Perkins directed as well as starred in the thriller Psycho III. This time out, Norman is still manning the desk at the Bates Motel, where he now has an assistant, Duane (Jeff Fahey), and a new long-term tenant, Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid). Maureen has been seeing Duane and has some issues to resolve in her life; she gave up her vows as a nun not long ago, and she isn't sure just how she feels about either spiritual or earthly matters. Norman takes an interest in Maureen, which may not be good for her long-term health -- after all, the last woman with the initials "M.C." who stayed in that room (and used the shower) met with a rather nasty fate. Perkins played Norman Bates one more time, in the made-for-cable Psycho IV: The Beginning; a short-lived TV series followed, Bates Motel, in which Perkins did not participate.~Mark Deming
As good as Psycho II is, part 3 is just as fun. With Anthony Perkins directing and starring, it turned out better than it has any right to be. A solid script and fun acting turns (including a young Jeff Fahey) are celebrated in the numerous extras sprinkled onto Shout! Factory's sterling Blu-ray disc.
This one gets the least acclaim of the Psycho series, but it really is interesting with the new characters they introduce for Norman to interact with. Breakout performance by Jeff Fahey is the highlight of the film.
Anthony Perkins returns as Norman Bates and also directs this fine thriller about a nun who loses her faith and resides at the infamous motel. The problem for Norman is that she reminds him of Marion Crane.