"Bates Motel" is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film "Psycho," and gives a portrayal of how Norman Bates' (Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans discover the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), truly is. Written by
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The exterior of the Bates' house is a faithful reproduction of the design for the characters' house in Psycho (1960), which was in turn modeled by Alfred Hitchcock after Edward Hopper's 1925 painting The House by the Railroad. That painting was the very first one that was acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art (in 1930). See more »
In "Psycho" Norman tells Marion that he only stuffs birds. He stated he could never do a dog or a cat like other people. However, in "Bates Motel" he first acquires his interest in taxidermy with a dog and is seen working on other mammals as well. See more »
I wasn't expecting much from this series but a combination of good cast and fun episodes makes me look forward to this series on Mondays, right after The Following :D. The two main characters also are fantastic in the show. Freddie Highmore is always great in his roles and he even looks like a younger Norman. He puts on a very believable, soon to be psycho, Norman bates. And of course Verga Farmiga is also great as the overprotective mother.
Only thing I don't like so far is how "close" the mother/son are. Hopefully it doesn't turn into something like incest which would be a big turn off to the show.
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