Bates Motel (film)

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Bates Motel
Bates motel tv guide premiere ad.jpg
Advertisement from TV Guide, 1987
Based on Characters created by Robert Bloch
Written by Richard Rothstein
Directed by Richard Rothstein
Starring Bud Cort
Lori Petty
Moses Gunn
Jason Bateman
Music by J. Peter Robinson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Ken Topolsky
Editor(s) Dann Cahn
Richard A. Freeman
Cinematography Bill Butler
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Television
Distributor NBC
Original channel NBC
Original release July 5, 1987

Bates Motel is a 1987 made-for-television film spin-off of the 1960 suspense horror film Psycho starring Bud Cort, Lori Petty, Moses Gunn and Jason Bateman which premiered on NBC on July 5, 1987.[1]

The film is about Alex West, a mentally disturbed youth who was admitted to an asylum after killing his abusive stepfather. There he befriends Norman Bates and ends up inheriting the infamous Bates Motel. The film was originally produced as a pilot for a TV series set in the Bates Motel; however, it was never picked up by any network.

In early 2012, A&E announced that a new TV series titled Bates Motel was in development at the network;[citation needed] it was later confirmed that the show was picked up for a 10-episode first season.[citation needed] However, being a prequel to the film, it has nothing to do with the 1987 TV pilot.


Alex West (Bud Cort) roomed and became close friends with Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum for nearly 20 years. After Bates' death, Alex finds that he is named in Norman's will as the inheritor of the Bates Motel, which has been vacant since Norman's arrest. Alex travels to Bates' California hometown (which this film has renamed Fairville from the original film's Fairvale) and with a little help from teenage runaway Willie (Lori Petty) and local handyman Henry Watson (Moses Gunn), Alex struggles to re-open the motel for business, only to have strange things happen.



The film was released to DVD on October 3, 2013 as a part of Universal's "Vault Series", exclusively on[2]


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