A mentally disturbed man, who roomed with the late Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum, inherits the legendary Bates Motel after the death of Norman and tries to fix it up to make it a respectable business.
Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
Norman Bates is back again running his "quiet" little motel a month after the events in Psycho II. Norman meets three new people, one being a beautiful young nun with whom his budding relationship is beginning to make his "Mother" jealous. He also hires a young man in need of a job to take care of the motel. A snooping reporter is showing interest in Norman's case. What will these new friends do for Norman?Written by
During the opening shots of the Bates house, it shows the cellar window from the second film with fingerprints on the glass. This is a nod to the boy who was murdered. See more »
When the reporter Tracy is shown Mrs. Spool's apartment, the manager tells her that the police have already paraded through the apartment. Yet there is mail and a notepad by the phone and magazines with many phone numbers on the covers. It is inconceivable that the police did not take these items in order to get answers to Mrs. Spool's disappearance, especially since one of the phone numbers was for Bates Motel, obviously linking Norman to her. See more »
The TV version features different music cues during the first shot of the Bates Motel and house. It is the same music that appears at the end of the movie when Norman is in the police car being taken away. See more »
Leave it to Anthony Perkins, probably the only person who knows Norman Bates better than creator Robert Bloch or director Alfred Hitchcock, to create and have a hand in Norman's descent into madness and subsequent struggle for normalcy. After the circumstances that drove him mad in the last movie, he tries to return to sanity by befriending and romancing another disturbed woman he considers his soul-mate. Diana Scarwid has a fine role as a near clone of the Janet Leigh character as she herself flashes between reality and confusion. Norman is her hero, and she is his queen in this unrequited love story. Jeff Fahey is the jerk and opportunist who throws the wrench in the works just as Norman tries to forget mother and what she does to him. The murders are gratuitous as if to compete with Jason and Freddie and there is some tongue-in-cheek dark humor directed as the series as Murphy proves time and time again: what can go wrong, will.
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