Anthony Perkins steps behind the camera to direct this third entry into the PSYCHO series. The Bates Motel is back in business, but Norman's first patron bares a striking resemblance to an earlier victim, which forces a flood of emotion as Mother threatens to do away with the young woman. Perkins shows all of the artful enthusiasm of a first-time director, coupled with the same inexperience as well. Both the religious iconography and stylistic attempts are perceived as being heavy-handed in their approach, while the acting and dialog are far more staged than before. The added elements of nudity and gore more closely resemble the teen Slashers of the 1980s than Hitchcock's suspense thriller, which has a cheapening effect on the overall production. Yet there is a deep underlying theme of redemption and forgiveness which cannot be ignored. We continue to see Norman as a sympathetic victim, and externalize his acts as being the work of his controlling 'Mother,' who becomes the real villain once more. Notable moments include a reversal on the shower scene where Norman discovers Maureen with her wrists cut, and a playful gag where the town sheriff nearly discovers a body Norman has hidden in the new ice maker. PSYCHO 3 does not stack up to the other films in the series, but it is a worthwhile entry nonetheless.