Psycho is the ultimate horror movie. It set a standard and revolutionised a genre. To this day it remains a benchmark for filmmakers and its significance is irrefutable.... but every movie-goer knows that and the film has been well documented over the years... and so this documentary, The Psycho Legacy, briefly skims the surface of Psycho but chooses to focus on the 3 sequels which followed. In my mind they are all good movies and parts 2 and 3 are particularly well made. The doco has gathered a whole lot of creative players from the series and compiled some rare interviews and footage from departed people like Anthony Perkins himself and director Richard Franklin. It also visits with other filmmakers and aficionados and makes for a comprehensive chronicle of a legendary franchise. I discuss film with people every day (its part of my job) and an automatic reflex many people have to Psychos 2, 3 & 4 is negative. They dismiss them as though cheap bargain-bin replicates but I view these movies in a whole different light. Each one is different from the other and none of them imitate or contradict Hitchcock's masterpiece. They are made affectionately and the character of Norman Bates is examined really ornately. Interestingly I learned from this doco that Anthony Perkins favourite of the sequels was actually part 4. This surprised me because while I like it a lot, it is panned the most. The Psycho Legacy has created a renewed appreciation for the series and will no doubt shed a new light on the sequels to the armchair critics. My biggest disappointment was that the spin-off film The Bates Motel (an attempt to kick start a tv series) was ignored, as was the shit Gus Van Sant remake. I would like to have heard opinions about both.