Sometimes when actors give a brilliant and memorable performance it becomes their identity, the only role people can see them in. It becomes difficult for them to perform other roles because they are perpetually trapped in this iconic performance. In that regard, everyone knows Anthony Perkins as the legendary Norman Bates from Psycho.
I don't know about you guys, but I am beyond stoked for the return of 'Bates Motel' on A&E, which kicks off its 2nd Season on March 3rd. As a die-hard Psycho fanatic (hell, I made a documentary about the entire original franchise), the funnest part of the show for me has been seeing what direction they take this new version of the story. By setting it in modern day and changing a few key aspects from the original movie, they've already created a unique new mythology and universe for these characters to flourish in. And because of that, anything goes!
Long before Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga slipped into the roles of Norman and Norma Bates, there was another TV pilot titled 'The Bates Motel' from 1987 and after years of floating in obscurity and only being available on the bootleg market, it's finally been given a quiet DVD release via Universal's "Vault Series".
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The second and third chapters in the cinematic saga of Norman Bates (and “Mother,” of course) get the Collector's Edition treatment this fall!
Having examined, investigated and completely broken down the ins and outs of the entire 'Psycho' franchise for my documentary project 'The Psycho Legacy,' I’ve managed to become pretty well versed in the mythology and time-line of all the events as they take place within the universe set up by Sir Alfred Hitchcock in his 1960 adaptation of the Robert Bloch novel 'Psycho' right through to the final prequel/sequel of that particular franchise with 'Psycho IV: The Beginning.'
Are you ready for a modern version of Norman Bates? Well, ready or not, A&E is ready to roll out it's new original dramatic series loosely based on Alfred Hitchcock's infamous film 'Psycho' and setting the story of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) in present day.
Ready for your first good look at A&E's upcoming series 'Bates Motel'? Ever since the project was announced, it's been met with much scrutiny and doubt, especially among die-hard Psycho fans and Hitchcock enthusiasts.
After having huge success with North by Northwest, 60-year-old filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Sir Anthony Hopkins) reads Robert Bloch's novel "Psycho," based on the serial murders by E