Psycho II

Psycho II (1983)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Dr. Raymond leaves with Mary in his car after talking to Norman, when he drives off the entire crew and equipment can be seen reflected in the side of his car. (00:41:50)

Revealing mistake: At the end when Norman is being stabbed at by Mary dressed up as Mother, Mary stabs Norman in the hand. You can plainly tell that this hand is a doll, as it is not a natural colour, it is stiff and is stationary, unlike Norman who is moving his hands. (01:35:10)

Continuity mistake: When Norman is painting the motel, he is distracted by someone looking out the curtains of his house and he drops the paintbrush straight. But in the next shot the paint brush has moved at a forty-five degree angle to how it landed. (00:43:55)

Visible crew/equipment: When Norman accidentally knocks his suitcase down the stairs, when it reaches the end of the stairs a hand can be seen reaching for the suitcase to stop it rolling past the camera's view. (00:10:15)

Continuity mistake: When the two teenagers are down in Norman's fruit cellar, and a "lady" with a knife is chasing the boy, he leaves finger markings on the fogged up window. But by the next shot they have changed. You can tell because when the boy made the markings, his thumb and his index finger markings intersected, but when the camera angle changes the finger prints don't intersect and they are noticeably straightened also. (00:49:45)

Revealing mistake: When Norman hits Mrs. Spool over the head with a shovel, she falls to the ground. In the brief shot of her falling, you can see Mrs. Spool is a dummy. Also later when he carries her up the stairs, she is a dummy. (01:43:25 - 01:44:05)

Continuity mistake: After Norman argues with Mr Toomey, before he goes up to the house, you can plainly see the light on in the living room where Mary is sitting. When Norman goes in the house, Mary is sitting in the dark and Norman then turns on the light.


Revealing mistake: When Lila gets killed, the knife goes through her mouth and emerges at the back of her neck. In those brief two shots, you can see that Vera Miles has been replaced by a stiff, rather pale looking dummy. (01:25:35)

Visible crew/equipment: When Dr. Raymond is spying on Lila Loomis, when he drives off following her, the camera's reflection can be seen briefly in the door piece between the front and back window. (01:21:50)

Revealing mistake: When Toomey is at the motel packing his clothes after Norman fired him, he is startled by "someone" and he turns around and gets slashed with a knife in the face. Before Toomey gets slashed though, you can see a prosthetic scar on his face and a wire in the top right hand corner to trigger the prosthetic scar to open up and look like a knife wound. (00:38:40)

Plot hole: The police let Norman back to his house on the same night multiple murders happened. He is even allowed into the fruit cellar, where most of them happened. (01:38:25)

Visible crew/equipment: When Dr. Raymond comes to visit Norman at the motel, he starts to talk to Norman as he is getting out of his car. As he starts to walk over, a boom mic pole following Dr. Raymond can be seen reflected in the back of his Mercedes for a split second. (00:39:10)

Continuity mistake: Near the end where a lady is coming up the stairs to the Bates house, her hair is tied up much like the "Mother" wig, but when the lady arrives, who turns out to be Mrs. Spool, her hair is parted very differently. (01:40:40 - 01:41:10)

Continuity mistake: When Norman arrives home, he is startled by a note that is found beside the phone and he accidentally knocks his suitcase down the stairs and most of his clothes land on the top of the stairs. But as the camera angle switches to the bottom of the stairs, the clothes are further down the staircase. They couldn't have moved as they were stationary at the end of the other shot. (00:10:15)

Audio problem: When Norman is talking to his "Mother" on the phone, the camera (in Mary's point-of-view) comes in the room and Norman says, "How could you think such a thing. I would never do such a thing," but you can see Norman's reflection in the big mirror hanging in the lounge room and you can see his mouth isn't moving. (01:33:00)

Continuity mistake: Norman picks up the note from his "mother" on the order wheel at the diner. He reads it then drops it on the floor. You can see it on the floor yet it's gone when everyone goes back in the kitchen. So where did it go? All the employees were out of the kitchen.


Other mistake: When Norman and Mary are at the swamp, the sheriff hands him the ashtray they found and bates explains that it belonged to Mr Toomey. Mary say "Who"? and the sheriff explains who he is. This makes no sense as Mary knew full well who Toomey was and had no reason to play dumb.

Gavin Jackson

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Suggested correction: She wasn't playing dumb. She says WHO because she didn't hear the name correctly.


Plot hole: When Norman's doctor follows Lila to Norman's house, by the time he goes into the cellar, the killer has killed Lila, hid the body in the pile of coal, and cleaned up. Highly unlikely in a 4 minute time frame.


Continuity mistake: Norman hits Mrs Spool over the head with a shovel. Immediately after the blow, the camera cuts to an overhead view, and the saucer on the table is suddenly shattered, as is the kitchen chair in which she is sitting, even though they received no direct impact.


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Trivia: When Mary and Norman go into Mother's room, before Mary turns on the light look at the shadow on the wall on the right. It is a silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock, the director of the original "Psycho" (1960). (00:24:10)

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Question: Spoiler alert: this question gives away much of the first "Psycho" movie. In the original Alfred Hitchcock "Psycho" we witness Norman Bates murdering Janet Leigh/Marion Crane and Martin Balsam/Milton Arbogast, and very narrowly missing killing Vera Miles/Lila Crane. At the end of the movie we discover that Norman Bates had murdered his mother and her lover ten years previously. We are also told that he had killed two female guests at Bates Motel. Norman Bates is therefore guilty of six murders and one attempted murder. In Psycho II we find out that, after his crimes were discovered, Norman Bates was placed in a secure psychiatric institution for the criminally insane. This does seem plausible. But with such a criminal record, would he ever be released from incarceration?

Rob Halliday

Answer: Norman was found "not guilty" by reason of insanity. Therefore, once he is deemed to be no longer a danger to himself, or to others, and is released from the mental institution, there is no crime he can be sent to jail for (i.e. he has no criminal record for the murders). I haven't done enough research to tell you if a serial killer in recent times has ever been found not guilty by reason of insanity and subsequently been released, but there are numerous accounts of people being released from mental institutions after committing murder that are then considered free.


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