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The Bates Haunting (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 5 March 2014 (Philippines)
One year ago, Agnes Rickover attended opening night at the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride to see her best friend Lily's dramatic debut. A horrific accident resulted in Agnes witnessing ... See full summary »

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J.L. Stremberg, Sean Skinner (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Louise O'Sullivan ... Agnes Rickover
Zachary Fletcher Zachary Fletcher ... Junior Bates
Dante Zucca Dante Zucca ... Clyde Abelson
Ryan Dunn ... Angry Customer
Bam Margera ... Bam Margera
Rocco A. Amato Rocco A. Amato ... Manager Milton
Chelsea Barr Chelsea Barr ... Cloaked Actor
Randy Bates Randy Bates ... Andrew Bates
Jim Cope Jim Cope ... Fire Spitter
Karen Eckstein-sarkissian Karen Eckstein-sarkissian ... Concerned Parent
Kimmy Foraker Kimmy Foraker ... Kidnapped Girl
Robert Haag Robert Haag ... Sheriff Dan Rickover
Brian Haas Brian Haas ... Kidnapper
Norman Hillbish Norman Hillbish ... Norm
Jeximé Icon Jeximé Icon ... Fire-Spitter Jexi
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One year ago, Agnes Rickover attended opening night at the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride to see her best friend Lily's dramatic debut. A horrific accident resulted in Agnes witnessing Lily's fiery death in a spectacle gone wrong. After a year of obsessing over a murder investigation everyone else thinks is open and shut, Agnes goes to work at the Haunt in an attempt confront her trauma. Horrific events begin to claim the lives of her coworkers and Agnes must figure out what is behind all of the "accidents" before more people die. Written by Anonymous

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 2014 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to the Bates Motel See more »

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Trivia

The film is set at The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride, a real-life Halloween attraction in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. See more »

Goofs

As she and Clyde sit by the smoldering fire, Agnes brushes the hair away from her ear and drops her hand. In the next shot, she's holding her face in her hand. See more »

Quotes

Agnes Rickover: Where are your shoes?
Junior Bates: You know, I like to stay connected to the farm.
Agnes Rickover: Any other psychotic quirks I should know about?
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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Moderately entertaining straight-to-video fare
20 February 2014 | by VinnieRattolleSee all my reviews

A year after her best friend Lilly was roasted in a freak accident at The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride, Agnes reluctantly takes a job at the yearly Halloween attraction's concession stand. But before the park even opens, the bodies begin to pile up, so Agnes seeks to find a connection to Lilly's death and the new string of murders.

I went into "The Bates Haunting" knowing virtually nothing about it, expecting the absolute worst... and was pleasantly surprised by it. Don't get me wrong, this is unquestionably direct-to-video fare (bad acting and shoestring effects galore) but there's a slick look, a few decent performances (leading lady O'Sullivan ain't bad and Fletcher devours the scenery as semi-retarded redneck Junior Bates), lots of funny moments and one-liners, a little T&A, some gore (though there's an annoyingly high ratio of old-school cutaways in lieu of practical/CGI effects) and a nice twist (not unpredictable but unexpected). Casual moviegoers will doubtlessly hate it, but the film's quirky enough that it could develop a small cult following.

If you're seeking a big connection to the Universal-owned Norman Bates "Psycho" franchise (as the cover suggests), you'll be utterly disappointed... though there's more than a couple references to Norman/Mother and the basic plot is the same as Robert Bloch's novel "Psycho House" (murders occur at the opening of a Bates Motel theme park attraction). It's really a shame that they didn't utilize that book's story - it would've made a much better movie. "Jackass" fans will also be disappointed by the blink-and-you-missed-it appearance of Bam Margera (in a real commercial for the park?) and a mildly amusing but only slightly longer scene with the late Ryan Dunn as an annoyed customer in an empty pizza place.

In the end, "The Bates Haunting" is a thinly-veiled commercial for the Pennsylvania tourist attraction (presumably starring local actors) which features shockingly little of the park, but if you're in a frame of mind to enjoy an innocuous low-budget horror-comedy, there are certainly much worse ways to waste 75 minutes of your life.


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