Bates Motel (1987)

Bates Motel (1987)

Bates Motel





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When a former mental patient inherits the notorious Bates Motel, he attempts to renovate and reopen it, only to find that its deadly past has left the building quite haunted. This very loose follow-up to the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho was originally made for television.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kerry Ehrin, Anthony Cipriano, Richard Rothstein
In Theaters:
Universal TV


as Norman Bates
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Low Budget, made for TV spin off of the Psycho series, Bates Motel is an ill fated attempt at reinventing the series. The film never takes off, and the film just ends up being your standard, made for TV train wreck that should be avoided. Psycho is one the defining horror classics, and it influenced countless filmmakers. The sequels weren't bad either, but none captured the essence of Hitchcock's harrowing original work. The idea might have been interesting, but there is just no substance to the film's story. The idea is a bit interesting I have to admit, but there can't be a Psycho film with Norman Bates. The cast is boring and what might have worked with the plot, just ends up failing because there are too many things that simply don't work here and end up falling flat. You simply can't have a Psycho spin off without Norman Bates, it just doesn't work. The script itself lacks anything to really terrify the viewer, and Bates Motel as a whole is just a dull, boring affair that fails to capture the vibe of the series. There is a significant lack of suspense and terror, thus it just never takes off, and cannot be salvaged. I wonder why they even attempted at trying to do a spinoff of the series; it just falls flat and doesn't deliver anything memorable or entertaining. This is a boring film, one that is just not worth your time. Don't expect much from this, this is a poorly made feature that tries to capture Psychos effective elements, but never delivers anything that will terrify viewers. Bates Motel is just a waste of time.

Alex roy

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Whoever wrote this apparently never actually saw Psycho since there's just way too many glaring mistakes: Fairvale becomes Fairville, Norma Bates becomes Gloria Bates and on and on. The telefilm itself is all over the place one minute acting like an episode of The Twilight Zone (Bates' land is apparently highly susceptible now to paranormal activity) to an episode of Scooby Doo.
Even Psycho completists should avoid this embarresingly bad TV trash.

A.D. Villarreal

Super Reviewer

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