After twenty-years of being in a psychiatric hospital Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is declared sane and fit to rejoin society. He goes to live back at "The Psycho House" and has a job as an assistant cook at a local diner. It's there he meets Mary (Meg Tilly), a young woman who is having boyfriend problems. When she gets kicked out of her apartment Norman offers her a room at his motel. But when he discovers that the Bates Motel is being used as an "Adult Motel" by the sleazy manager who has been running it, he tells her that she can stay at a spare room in his house. Norman wants the company because he's afraid of what memories the house will bring back. But then Norman starts getting notes--and phone calls--from his dead mother. Is he slowly going insane again or is someone trying to purposely drive him crazy? But rather than one twist ending, this psycho-drama has two--and one of them is surprising.
I've always liked this sequel because it's very different than the Hitchcock film--and it explores Norman's character a bit more. You actually feel sorry for him. Highly recommended.