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Bates Motel (1987)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | TV Movie 5 July 1987
A mentally disturbed man, who roomed with the late Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum, inherits the legendary Bates Motel after the death of Norman and tries to fix it up to make it a respectable business.

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This film is based on, but not in sequence with, the Psycho films. After the death of Norman Bates, a man who befriended him in the institution inherits the motel. In keeping with Norman's wishes, he tries to fix up the place and make it a respectable motel. Written by Jon Acello <JonAcello@AOL.COM>

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El motel de Norman  »

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The VHS release was difficult to obtain and TV airings were sparse, so the film became popular in bootlegging circles until 2013 when amazon.com officially offered it as a burn-on-demand title. See more »

Quotes

Alex West: [referring to the urn] Oh that's not saki, that's Norman.
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Follows Psycho (1960) See more »

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Written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) & The Belmonts
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27 September 2008 | by (South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

I don't know what a lot of these posters are bitchin' about. What the H E double hockey sticks did they expect from a pilot for a TV series? Did they really to see Norman Bates on social security still running around in drag knocking off people in the shower or something of the like? Wouldn't that get boring after an episode or two? With that being said, I thought the creative way they blended the Bates story with some new mystery and a ghost story set a pretty good stage for some decent TV. Guess it was all that closed mindedness and lack of vision from the pubic that stopped that from happening. It's bad too, we could have had another 80s cult show.


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