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ACTION X (article first published : 2006-01-24)

Action X on the M-Net channel will host a Psycho Movie Festival as well as a Jaws Movie Festival in February.

Kicking off on February 1 at 20h00 is the Alfred Hitchcock 1960 classic, Psycho, with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles. When a woman is discovered as missing--last seen at the infamous Bates Motel in the desert--her sister and boyfriend visit the place only to find it run by a voyeuristic, taxidermist loner whoís possessed by his dead mother and dresses himself up like her, adopting her personality.

Directed by Richard Franklin in 1983, Psychoís sequel will be screened on February 8 at 20h00 Ė again starring Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles. In Psycho II, Norman Bates has finally been judged mentally sound and released from the mental institution where he has been for 22 years. Lila Loomis, the sister of Marion Crane who was murdered in the shower 22 years before, protests fiercely over his release. Then Norman sees his mother in the window of the Bates mansion and the murders start happening again. But this time it isn't Norman... or is it?

Picking up where Psycho II left off, Psycho III marked the directorial debut in 1986 of Anthony Perkins and can be seen on February 15 at 20h00. Anthony Perkinsís co-stars are Diana Scarwid and Jeff Fahey. The Bates Motel is again the site of some nasty doings as the rehabilitated Norman, who has installed a new ice machine, attempts to put his life back together. Old habits die hard, however.

Norman Bates returns for Psycho IV and is once more having mommy trouble. This time around he is invited to share memories of mom with a radio talk show host, but the psycho fears that he may kill again for his beloved is impregnated with his child and Norman cannot let another psycho loose in the civilised world. Screened on February 22 at 20:00Psycho IV is directed by Mick Garris (1990) and stars Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey.

The Jaws Movie Festival starts on February 4 at 21h00 with Jaws II directed by Jeannot Szwarc in 1978. Amity police chief Brody discovers that there's more than one fish in the sea--the great white shark he destroyed in the first film has a hungry mate ready to wreak havoc on the community. This action-packed sequel features the welcome return of Roy Scheider and Lorraine Gary reprising their roles from the original blockbuster that did for ocean beaches what Psycho did for showers.

Jaws III can be seen on February 11 at 21h00 with Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong and Louis Gossett Jr, directed by Joe Alves in 1983. The third film in the successful Jaws franchise, it follows yet another great white shark with a taste for humans, this time invading the opening ceremonies of a marine park in Florida. The brand new complex offers visitors the chance to view the undersea kingdom from the safety of glass tunnels on the seabed. When a 35-foot great white breaks into the structure--seemingly in revenge for the death of its progeny--a group of marine biologists must do battle with the mighty mother beast.

In Jaws IV on February 18 at 21h00, the now widowed Ellen Brody leaves Amity after her son is eaten by a shark. Then her granddaughter is attacked. It's a cross-species feud between the Brodys and the Great Whites, and itís up to her to finish it off. Starring Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Michael Caine, Jaws IV was directed by Joseph Sargent in 1987.




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