Bates Motel (film)

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Not to be confused with the A&E television series Bates Motel (TV series).
Bates Motel
Bates motel tv guide premiere ad.jpg
TV Guide advertisement, 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
Cinematography Bill Butler
Editor(s) Dann Cahn
Richard A. Freeman
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Television
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release July 5, 1987

Bates Motel is a 1987 American made-for-television comedy-drama horror film and a spin-off based on the Psycho film series starring Bud Cort, Lori Petty, Moses Gunn and Jason Bateman. The film premiered as part of NBC Monday Night at the Movies 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 Bates Motel. It was originally produced as a pilot for a proposed TV series set in the Bates Motel, but it was not picked up by the network.


Alex West (Bud Cort) roomed with Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum for nearly 20 years, and they became close friends. After Bates' death, Alex learns that he has inherited the Bates Motel, which has been vacant since Norman's arrest. Alex travels to Bates' California hometown (renamed Fairville for this film; in the original film it was Fairvale) and with a little help from teenage runaway Willy (Lori Petty) and local handyman Henry Watson (Moses Gunn), Alex struggles to re-open the motel for business.


DVD releases[edit]

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

On September 2, 2014, Universal re-released the film on DVD (along with Psycho II, Psycho III and Psycho IV: The Beginning) as part of its "4-Movie Midnight Marathon Pack".[3]


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