On March 18th A&E will premiere its new drama series, Bates Motel, which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. As you can imagine, it revolves around Norman Bates and his mother, Norma who buys the motel after a tragic incident. The Daily Quirk was privy to a press screener of the premiere episode courtesy of A&E and it certainly did not disappoint this Hitchcock fanatic. The series decided not to take us back to the 60’s when the original movie was made, instead it takes a pseudo retro style with the costuming of mother and son. Additionally, the infamous house behind the motel also serves as a flashback but the townspeople and modern electronics do pop up to remind us that they are living in the new millennia.
I finally made it out to see Hitchcock this past weekend but made the mistake of watching The Girl only a few days beforehand. This led me to inevitably compare and contrast the two stories while I was watching. Nonetheless, I will spare you the details of those comparisons. Although the title indicates a focus on the auteur, there was a lot more focus on his wife, Alma Reville, than I anticipated. Not that I was disappointed, in fact, I have taken Hitchcock classes and studied his films in schools but little was ever written about the significant influence Alma had on his work. Continue reading