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Psycho (1998) - Donation Bonus

Psycho IV in 1990 ended the arc of Norman Bates that began with Hitchcock's original Psycho film, but no good horror villain every stays truly dead. When horror films had a resurgence in the late 1990s Universal again wanted fans to return to the Bates Motel with a remake of Psycho. Directed by Gus Van Sant, with future Frat Pack star Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates, Anne Heche as Marion Crane, and William H. Macy as PI Arbogast, plus Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, and Rita Wilson, the film had some of Hollywood's hottest names. But it was poorly received and where Van Sant was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997, he got a Razzie nomination in 1998 for Psycho. Is this film a misunderstood but entertaining retelling of the original story, or should this film be allowed to run down the drain with Marion's blood? If you donate to Now Playing quickly, before Oct 31, 2013, you can listen to find out!

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Psycho IV: The Beginning - Donation Bonus

A boy's best friend is his mother. Who else can a boy dote on, and make her tea with that touch of vanilla she likes so much? Who else can engage in tickle fights and caress and dab with orange flower water? Who else will make the boy wear a dress and wig as punishment? You mean that isn't the relationship you have with your mother? Well it is the relationship explained between Norman Bates and his mother in Psycho IV: The Beginning. Both a sequel and a prequel to the original Psycho trilogy, this film features Norman Bates in his final portrayal of the famous film serial killer, and it's this week's Now Playing Gold Level Donation review! If you donate to support Now Playing you can listen to Stuart, Brock, and Arnie's review!

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Bates Motel - Donation Bonus

After Psycho III's poor box office performance it seemed Norman was being sent away for good. Until July of 1987 when Bates Motel, a made-for-TV movie, aired on NBC. Intended to launch a prime-time series, Bates Motel jettisons the continuity of the two theatrical Psycho sequels, telling the story of Alex West--a boy who befriended Norman in the mental institution. When Norman dies he leaves Alex his namesake motel...but then must face the possibility the hotel haunted--by Mother, or some other supernatural force. Is this a lost classic, or a properly overlooked film? And how does NBC's Bates Motel compare to A&E's current drama series? If you support Now Playing with a donation you can listen and find out!

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Psycho III - Donation Bonus

After the success of Psycho II Universal wanted another follow-up to the classic slasher series. Norman and Mother are once again executing their judgment on the immoral hotel guests. Yet for the plot similarity to the original, this film, as directed by star Anthony Perkins, is a unique standout in the series. With an opening shout of "There is no God!" to a quirky cast of characters, Perkins' stylistic influences strayed far from Hitchcock. Ultimately, this would be the last theatrical Psycho film until the 1990s remake. Did this tonal change provide a satisfying end to the Psycho trilogy? Thanks to your donation to Now Playing you can listen and find out!

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Psycho II - Donation Bonus

Gone With the Wind. Casablanca. Psycho. These are undisputed classics of cinema. Yet each have had sequels attempted. Of those, though, only Psycho had a follow-up film released in theaters. Picking up 22 years after the original, Norman Bates is now out of the mental hospital and back at the Bates Motel. But is he alone, or is Mother still with him? Arnie, Stuart, and Brock reveal the answers, and discuss the sensibility of trying to recapture the magic of Hitchcock's Psycho in this bonus donation-drive podcast. If you make a Gold Level donation to Now Playing before Oct 31 you can hear that conversation!

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Psycho (1960) - Donation Bonus

Bates Motel. Norman. Mother. The shower scene. The screeching score. You see it, you hear it, and you instantly know it's Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The iconography of Hitchcock's masterpiece is steeped in our culture, and despite a career of over 50 years it is this little black and white film, made with a crew borrowed from Hitchcock's TV series, that is most remembered and revered. Now the hosts of Now Playing watch and review this cinema classic. How well does the film hold up over 50 years after it was released? Is it still relevant to today's horror films? If you donate now to support Now Playing you can listen and find out!

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