Monday, 28 October 2013

Bates Motel: Season One DVD Review

Bates Motel: Season One
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, 
Studio: Universal Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Running Time: 7 hrs. 14 mins.
Rating: Not Rated


Anthony Perkins passed away shortly after filming Psycho IV: The Beginning. The franchise seemed to be dead until the 2008 remake, which was a critical and financial flop, putting the final nail in the franchise's coffin; that is until A&E aired Bates Motel (no, not the 1987 TV movie) last spring, breaking ratings for an original drama series on the cable channel.

Bates Motel is a modern day prequel to the original Psycho book and movie. After the death of his father, 17-year-old Norman Bates and his overly-protective mother, Norma, move to White Pine Bay, Oregon, where they buy a rundown hotel and house. Within hours of moving in, Norman meets a teenager, Bradley Martin, and he instantly has a crush on her.

Unknowingly, the previous owner, Keith Summers, wants his family's land back. He makes an unannounced visit late one night, leading to a deadly situation in which Norma kills him. With no other choice, Norma and Norman cleanup the murder scene and dump the body in the bay harbor. They seemed to have gotten away with murder, which is until Sheriff Alex Romero and Deputy Zack Shelby begin investigating Summers' disappearance.

Norman's half-brother, Dylan Masset, arrives looking for a place to stay as he has nowhere else to go. Norma doesn't have the best opinion of her oldest son and Dylan feelings are vice versa.

To keep the Summers investigation under control, Norma begins dating Deputy Zack Shelby, despite Norman's objections.

At first glance, White Pine Bay may look like a quite, peaceful small town, but behind closed doors lays the darkest crimes being committed. With the help of his new friend Emma, Norman learns that Summers & Deputy Shelby had an illegal business of sex trafficking. Actually, illegal operations are over the town and have been keeping the town functioning for quite sometime. There is mystery and terror around every corner. The scariest thing to worry about is what is lurking in the mind or Norman Bates!

Probably like most people, I was skeptical about another horror franchise being rebooted, but I was hooked into the series after one episode! Vera Farmiga gives an outstanding performance as Norma Bates. Freddie Highmore (yep, the kid from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) gives a freaky performance as the future cross-dresser killer Norman Bates. But my favorite character would have to Emma played by the lovely Olivia Cooke (who is actually British). Bates Motel is one of the best well-written series on television. The only bad thing is there were only ten episodes in the first season and the second season doesn't start until spring 2014!

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