3. ‘Psycho III’ (1986)
After “Psycho II” became a surprise hit, another sequel was ordered, and to convince Perkins to return, they gave him even more incentive -- he’d get to direct the movie, too. And, boy, does he ever.
“Psycho III” is largely defined by its theatrical style, which Perkins indulges in endlessly (in one of the more famous moments, the light underneath a door becomes a glimmering knife blade), as well as the grittier, scummier tone (embodied by Jeff Fahey’s dirtbag drifter). Also, this movie is totally bonkers, in a gleeful, blood-splattered way. As the lowest grossing “Psycho” sequel, Universal then attempted to move the franchise onto television, both with the failed “Bates Motel” concept and made-for-cable “Psycho IV: The Beginning.” It just wouldn’t die.