Bates Motel (1987)
Bates Motel (1987)
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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.
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.
Either the writer never actually saw Psycho or just chose to flagrantly ignore much of what transpired in the first. If they were trying to create an honest follow up, they started out with a buncha strikes against them.
Inaccuracies aside, Bud Cort is quite good as the replacement "is he crazy/is he not?" figure and the kinda-sorta eccentric family he creates with a girl drifter and an old carpenter is pretty darn charming. There I said it.
There's a couple of legitimately spooky moments but nearly every attempt at injecting humor into the proceedings falls flat and weakens the whole thing.
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