Bates Motel

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Podcast Release Date:
Oct 11, 2013

Psycho Series Episode 4

After Psycho III’s poor box office performance it seemed Norman was being sent away for good. Until July of 1987 when Bates Motel, a made-for-TV movie, aired on NBC. Intended to launch a prime-time series, Bates Motel jettisons the continuity of the two theatrical Psycho sequels, telling the story of Alex West–a boy who befriended Norman in the mental institution. When Norman dies he leaves Alex his namesake motel…but then must face the possibility the hotel haunted–by Mother, or some other supernatural force. Is this a lost classic, or a properly overlooked film? And how does NBC’s Bates Motel compare to A&E’s current drama series? If you support Now Playing with a donation you can listen and find out!

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Movie Details

Original Title
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Richard Rothstein
George Linder, Ken Topolsky
Richard Rothstein
Bud Cort, Lori Petty, Moses Gunn, Gregg Henry, Khrystyne Haje, Jason Bateman, Kerrie Keane, Robert Picardo, Kurt Paul, Lee de Broux, Peter Dobson, Paula Irvine, George Buck Flower
1 h 35 min
Release Date
5 July 1987
Drama, Horror, TV Movie, Comedy
Alex West is a man who roomed with Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum for nearly 20 years. After Bates' death, Alex finds that he is in Norman's will as the inheritor of the Bates Motel, which has been vacant since Norman's arrest. Alex travels to Bates' California hometown and with a little help from a teenage runaway, Willie, Alex struggles to re-open the motel for business, only to have strange things happen. Is someone trying to drive him away, or is the motel really haunted by the ghost of Norman's mother?

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