Looking to enlighten the audience of a local radio station with his story, reformed serial killer Norman Bates decides to call in to a segment about matricide, reliving the traumatic childhood events that drove him to kill. This unique framing story allows Anthony Perkins to remain in the prequel as our narrator, often injecting himself as a spectator to his own troubled past. Though many may say that PSYCHO needs no introduction, others will argue that Joseph Stefano's treatment delivers a welcomed back story to the screen's most infamous killer. With the stunning Olivia Hussey playing Mrs. Bates, it is no wonder Norman developed such an odd relationship with his mother. Norma's wicked treatment of her son through verbal castration and taunting sexual torments makes it quite clear why Norman should turn out the way he has. But Hussey also embraces the kinder moments, giving us a dual perspective that accounts for Norman's love and obsession with his mother. Henry Thomas is competent as the young Norman, but his performance is lacking in personality. With a twist ending that closes the book on the PSYCHO series, we feel satisfied that Norman's story has been told to completion.