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Psycho IV – The Beginning

Released 1990
Distributor MCA Television

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.

About Mick Garris

Mick Garris produced and directed a segment for Nightmare Cinema, the spine-tingling horror event of the summer. Previously, Mick created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself.  Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series. Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link! Mick’s recent books “Snow Shadows,” “Tyler’s Third Act,” “Ugly” and “SALOME” are now out from Cemetery Dance. Mick also executive produced Unbroken for Universal Pictures, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing