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It was a made for TV Movie so, my expectations were left at the door before I began to watch it. It's what I call a PINO Film or "Psycho in Name Only" Film. A lot of the script seemed OVERLY Retooled and out of place. If you're a "Psycho" Completionist, This Goes after "Psycho II". If you just want some noise to play in the background while typing something or while doing chores, this'll do it for you.
Honestly, I hate this movie. I'm a big fan of the saga "Psycho" and (like all true fans) I think this horrible movie, "Psycho III" had already been horrible but this one is even worse; It does not make sense for this movie to exist, it was supposed to be a horror movie and not a movie about any ediota and a masked chicken girl. The movie has nothing to do with the real movies "Psycho". A real attack on the saga "Pycho".
It's not whole-heartedly inspired and the sub-plot comes off as genuinely awkward but it does have it's creepy moments.
A poor attempt at a psycho sequel/ spinoff. Don't see it.
A true abomination for any Psycho fan. This made-for-tv outing is completely miserable and physically painful to sit through. One of the worst films I've ever seen.
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.
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.
An aborted, late 1980s attempt to bring the famous locale from PSYCHO to a weekly, semi-anthologized television format, BATES MOTEL is a failure, being neither creepy nor particularly interesting. This pilot drops basically any and all connections to the actual Bates family (save for a ridiculous little throwaway moment), leaving us with a completely new set of characters at the motel, and none of them are really worthy of the audience's investment, not even Cort, who does his best to liven things up a bit. It's not offensively bad, but it's dull, and feels like a cheap cash-in... which it is.
Being stabbed to death in the shower seems like a better alternative to having to watch Bates Motel again.
Full review at <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"target="_blank" href="http://hotdogsinthedark.com/?p=6528">Hot Dogs in the Dark</a>
What were they thinking? Bates Motel is a bizarro little TV movie that was meant to be a pilot for a TV series that never came to be, thankfully. Based on Psycho, this film tells the story of a guy who is released from an insane asylum after being cured. While in the asylum, he befriends Norman Bates, and Norman leaves him the house and motel in his will. The rest of the film is a convulted mess with terrible acting, questionable plot and never once has a firm foothold in any sort of tone. It also totally ignores the continuity of the film series, which the producer of the show tried to defend but failed miserably. It was just a bad idea that made it too far and wasn't stopped anywhere in the pre-production process. It's difficult to track down nowadays as it's only officially available overseas, but it's out of print and also unreleased here in the US, and for good reason. You can find it fairly easily if you know where to look, but be warned: this is not a Psycho sequel, and what is there is just awful. It tries to be like the horror other anythology series of the day were (Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street), but it fails in nearly every possible aspect. Skippable.