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IMDB Summary: A thirty-something secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.
Review: This won't be a long review for two reason. 1. I feel like a lot of people have seen Psycho already (though this was my first viewing) and 2. I want to focus on the new TV show that brings the Bates family to the modern world.
Back to Psycho...this is probably my current favorite film by Hitchcock. After watching it, I wanted to dive right back in and view it again...and preferably with someone who hadn't seen it because it's always fun to see what a newbie thinks. Psycho is creepy and suspenseful, but not gory. The famous shower scene (which you can see above) is not gratuitous violence, so no worries for those that don't like modern scary films because of this.
Obviously, Janet Leigh as Marion Crane did a great job but the real star, for me, is Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. He is a handsome young man that you feel bad for in the beginning, until you begin to realize that he might not be completely stable...and then there is his mother who Bates equally loves and hates that might be up to no good.
Now that leads me to the new A and E TV show, Bates Motel--
Visit A/E's website to learn more about the show!
I don't want to say too much about the show in this post for those that have not viewed Psycho yet. If you're interested in the show, though, I'd get your hands on Psycho first so things aren't ruined. Also, be aware of the comments...there COULD be spoilers, and that's fine. Don't read the comments if you're worried.
As for Bates Motel, this is a modern version of the Psycho story, giving viewers a chance to get to know Norman and his mom a little better...how far did their mother/son relationship go? How did they scar each other beyond help?
I love the addition of a half-brother for Norman too, which is never mentioned in Psycho. The brother, Dylan, is played by Max Thieriot. Dylan's bio reads: Norma’s son by her first marriage and half-brother to Norman, Dylan is an edgy outsider in the Norma/Norman tea party. He’s a lost soul and a drifter who finds himself, by necessity, drifting back into the troubled lives of his mother and brother.
I have to admit, though, I'm most excited about Norman Bates. As you saw in my Psycho review, he was the most interesting character for me...but I'm even more pumped about Bates Motel's Norman because he's being played by Freddie Highmore (who I've been a fan of for awhile).
Finally, here is a trailer/extended look at Bates Motel.
What do you think?