Bates Motel: First Look - Undead Monday

Posted by Grey Monday, March 18, 2013

This Undead Monday, we take a look at A&E's Bates Motel, the creepy television series serving as a contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic suspense horror film, Psycho. 

While we here at The Daily Zombies are not exactly a fan of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's American Horror Story and its second season, Asylum, we have to admit that the wind of change brought to the America's television scene is a much-needed one that have transformed the industry in a constructive way. Without the ratings record-smashing success of the FX Network TV series, we might not be able to get the upcoming series developed by Bryan Fuler for NBC, Hannibal, as well as the subject at hand, Bates Motel, a series developed for television by Carlton Cuse (Lost), Kerry Ehrin  (Friday Night Lights) and Anthony Cipriano for A&E.

Serving as a contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic suspense horror film, Psycho, the series focuses on the unusual life of a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother, Norma Louise Bates (Vera Farmiga) before the grotesque events of Psycho took place. Like what any self-respecting students of the cinematic art form would have known already, the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother is an intriguing one given the fact how it shapes one of the most terrifying villains in cinematic history. With the extremely capable Vera Farmiga taking on the key role of Norma Louise Bates and coming from the pedigree of the likes of Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights’ Kerry Ehrin, we might just be on the verge of one truly creepy television series since David Lynch's 1990 epic television series, Twin Peaks.

While the marketing campaign of Bates Motel has been slow-burning at best, it has certainly been successful in translating the creepy vision of the TV series. Case in point being this excellent teaser trailer entitled "Motherly Love" that set the mood perfectly.

And here's the other all-too-brief teaser serving only as a mood-changer.

And here's the 2-minute trailer.  

The posters released for the TV series have been successful in translating the haunting ambience while giving an ominous hint on the things to come in upcoming episodes.

And the following two poster that are actually different cuts of the same image easily hit the home the point on the creepiness one can expect.

Sharing the ominous and creepy vibe of the poster above is this first official set image for the TV series.

Courtesy of THR, here's a series of images from the series featuring more from the cast.

Here’s a synopsis for the TV series:

“Bates Motel” serves as a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film, “Psycho,” and promises to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years and just how deeply intricate his relationship to his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), truly is.

In “Bates Motel,” following the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of the idyllic coastal town of White Pine Bay, seeking a fresh start. As Norma and Norman get ensconced in their new home, they discover this town isn’t quite what it seems, and the locals aren’t so quick to let them in on their secrets. But the Bates’ are done being pushed around and will do whatever it takes to survive – and will do whatever it takes to protect their own secrets.

Also starring Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, and Mike Vogel.  Bates Motel premières tonight on A&E. 


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