Los Angeles horror fans have a lot of options this weekend (including Attack The Block!), but only one can boast being hosted by a BadassDigest writer. Yes I , BC of Terror Tuesday fame, will be hosting Psycho II at the awesome New Beverly as part of my monthly Horror Movie A Day midnight screening series, and would love to see some BAD readers in the crowd!
Few expected Psycho II to be a good movie when it was released in 1983, being that it was a 23 years later sequel to one of the greatest films of all time, and obviously lacking Hitchcock’s touch. But Richard Franklin, a Hitchcock “disciple” working from a script by Tom Holland (which ignored the story of Robert Bloch’s own sequel novel), delivered a worthy followup that continued the story of not only Norman Bates but also Lila Crane, the sister of Marion who was played in both films by Vera Miles. Boasting a terrific supporting cast (Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz, Meg Tilly) and typically beautiful Dean Cundey cinematography, I couldn’t be more excited about finally seeing it on the big screen in glorious 35mm. Universal is usually the best when it comes to preserving their archive prints, so it should look/sound great as well.
As a bonus, veteran actress Lee Garlington (“Myrna” in both this film and Psycho III) will be on hand for Q&A before the movie, and I’ll have a few copies of Robert Galluzzo’s great documentary The Psycho Legacy (which features new interviews with just about every living member of the Psycho series’ cast and crew) to give away for easy trivia questions. And because I’m not Kevin Smith, it’ll only cost you 7 bucks to get in the door!
The New Beverly is located at 7165 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles, two blocks west of La Brea. The screening is this Saturday, July 30th at 11:59 PM. Tickets are available at the door (cash only!) or online at Brownpapertickets. See you there!