BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

SECRETS OF THE BATES MOTEL

     by Joe


In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock took the world on an unforgettable getaway to the Bates Motel in his classic film Psycho. Now as the hit series Bates Motel gets ready to enter its second season, Vile Reviews takes a look at some interesting information about the history of Norman Bates and his beloved mother Norma. Check them out here, before you check back in at the Bates Motel!




   BATH TIME...


Janet Leigh wasn’t unsettled while filming her now-infamous shower scene, but seeing it on the big screen had a profound effect on her. She would go on to state that it made her realize how vulnerable a person is when they’re in the shower, and for the rest of her life, she only took baths.




PSYCHO TOURS...



The original Bates House (first constructed as a two-wall exterior facade) is still standing to this day, and resides on the Universal Studios back lot, along with a replica of the Bates Motel. It’s a regular stop on tours of the studio.



 


UNLIKELY SOURCES...

The Bates House was modeled after a painting by Edward Hopper from 1925. The painting is titled “House by the Railroad”, and it is displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Many of the painting’s details are nearly identical to the imagery in the film.





    $EQUEL$...

The original Psycho would go on to earn an estimated 32 million dollars in the worldwide box office. The film’s sequel however, Psycho II, would narrowly beat out its predecessor and rake in an estimated 34 million dollars.

Anthony Perkins, who portrayed Norman Bates with an iconic performance under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock, would go on to make his own directorial debut with the third installment in the franchise, Psycho III.





  best intentions...

In Gus Van Sant’s [mostly] scorned 1998 remake of Psycho, he used the same motel exterior for his film. A sign outside the motel boasts that it is “Newly Renovated.” Regrettably, such touches did not stem the torrential flow of critical descriptions like "redundant" and "unnecessary."


  


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