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.
Norman Bates is back again running his "quiet" little motel a month after the events in Psycho II. Norman meets three new people, one being a beautiful young nun with whom his budding relationship is beginning to make his "Mother" jealous. He also hires a young man in need of a job to take care of the motel. A snooping reporter is showing interest in Norman's case. What will these new friends do for Norman?Written by
It was Anthony Perkins's idea to use the unique scene transitions - like the light under a door that is actually a knife, and the scene where Norman leaves the hospital, and closes the door and finds himself in Mother's room. See more »
The Bates Motel address and phone number are both show during a scene indicating it's on California Highway 113 and the area code is 805. Fairvale is a fictional town which is located out in the desert somewhere in California. California State Route 113 runs from Solano County to Sutter County which there is no desert through that section of California's Central Valley. And the 805 area code is on the coast from San Luis Obispo County to Ventura County, which are both away from the deserts in California. See more »
Leave it to Anthony Perkins, probably the only person who knows Norman Bates better than creator Robert Bloch or director Alfred Hitchcock, to create and have a hand in Norman's descent into madness and subsequent struggle for normalcy. After the circumstances that drove him mad in the last movie, he tries to return to sanity by befriending and romancing another disturbed woman he considers his soul-mate. Diana Scarwid has a fine role as a near clone of the Janet Leigh character as she herself flashes between reality and confusion. Norman is her hero, and she is his queen in this unrequited love story. Jeff Fahey is the jerk and opportunist who throws the wrench in the works just as Norman tries to forget mother and what she does to him. The murders are gratuitous as if to compete with Jason and Freddie and there is some tongue-in-cheek dark humor directed as the series as Murphy proves time and time again: what can go wrong, will.
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