In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock took the world on an unforgettable getaway to the Bates Motel in his classic film Psycho. Now, as the hit series Bates Motel gets ready to enter its second season on A&E, Vile Reviews takes a look at some interesting information about the history of Norman Bates and his beloved mother Norma. Check out these facts we were able to dig up, before you check back in at the Bates Motel!
1. Bath Time!
Janet Leigh may not have been unsettled while filming her now-infamous shower scene, but seeing it on the big screen had a profound effect on her. She would go on to state that it made her realize how vulnerable a person is when they’re in the shower, and for the rest of her life, Janet only took baths.
2. Visitors are Always Welcome!
The original Bates House (first constructed as a two-wall exterior facade) is still standing to this day, and resides on the Universal Studios back lot, along with a replica of the Bates Motel. It’s a regular stop on tours of the studio.
3. Building an Iconic...Building
The Bates House was modeled after a painting by Edward Hopper from 1925. The painting is titled “House by the Railroad”, and it is displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Many of the painting’s details are nearly identical to the imagery in the film.
4. If You Want To Make Money, You Make A Sequel!
The original Psycho earned an estimated 32 million dollars in the worldwide box office, but the film’s sequel, Psycho II, would narrowly beat out its predecessor and rake in an estimated 34 million dollars. Anthony Perkins had reservations about the sequel, fearing that he would be typecast after portraying Norman Bates, but luckily he took the keys once more and returned to the famed motel.
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