New ‘Bates Motel’ Trailer: There’s Something Wrong with Norman Bates

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 27th, 2013 at 2:06 pm,

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is commonly held up as the granddaddy of slasher horror flicks, in addition to being one of the greatest motion pictures of all time. A&E’s prequel TV series, Bates Motel, is looking to loosely explore the origins of the titular “psycho,” Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), as he and his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), move to a new town to manage a hotel (Newhart this is not).

Though a number of trailers for the series have already been released, A&E just debuted the first proper trailer, sans interviews, which showcases Norman’s (offputting?) relationship with young girls, his mother’s desire to protect him (perhaps even from himself), and the strange town that they’ve made their home.

The trailer does quite a bit right in terms of selling the show. The production values are super slick, the cast is top-notch, and there are some very interesting questions being posed (but not answered).

Was Norman always sick? Or will he be turned into a “psycho” over the course of the show? Is his mother a good person, just trying to do right by her son (not unlike Dexter’s father)? Or is there something wrong with her, too, as there was in Psycho IV: The Beginning? Is Bates Motel just a story about a (very creepy) boy and his (potentially creepy) mother, or will the surrounding town factor into the story in a major way?

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Again, none of these questions are answered in the trailer, but there’s enough information provided to leave the viewer wanting more.

Though many people were understandably skeptical upon hearing about a prequel – or is it a reimagining? – of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic PsychoBates Motel has fast become one of the more highly-anticipated new series of 2013, thanks primarily to the very promising footage and promotional materials.

Plus, the showrunners’ indication that this show will ultimately be a tragedy (as in, you will fall in love with Norman and it will be “tragic” when he eventually becomes the iconic monster we’re familiar with) brings to mind the excellent Psycho II, which saw a mentally healthy Norman Bates being gaslit back to crazy-town. And really, anything that brings to mind Psycho II is something worth looking forward to.

What’re your thoughts, Screen Ranters? Will you be watching Bates Motel when it airs in March, or do you prefer your Norman Bates in black and white?

Bates Motel - co-created by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) – premieres March 18th, 2013 @10pm on A&E.


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  1. Maybe it’s to early to tell, but it seems they have simplified the concept. From what I can remember, the deal with Norman Bates was that his mother was mentally disturbed, over controlling and jealous, and that this shaped Norman Bates into… a psycho. From what I can tell from this, they have changed it to a perfectly normal mother with a crazy son, instead of showing how (some) psychos are created by parental abuse. Would that be to controversial and complicated for a TV-show?

  2. four hot girls start randomly flirting with you. you choose your mom :D

  3. I was sold the minute Vera was casted. These trailers are just the icing on the cake for me. :)

  4. Wow Im jealous of that actor….

  5. This looks fantastic. As you have said, the cast is top-notch and A&E needs a quality hit to stick it to AMC and FX. Although they are about to ruin August Rush for me (I know, I know… but tell me you didn’t cry at the end!).

  6. The blonde chick that grabbed his headphones at the beginning of the trailer reminds me of Tara Reid. Damn, theres something so sexy about Vera Farmiga.

  7. why!

  8. why does he have a headphone? isnt this, like, set in the 60s or something, i mean it’s based on a movie, made around the 60s, and if this is an origin story then shouldnt there not be any headphobnes around that time, i guest?

  9. Is he sleeping with his mom too. Its too weird for me…smh