Thanks to Cody Hamman over at Joblo.com for putting this sad and interesting little item on my radar.
While the original Bates Motel and “Psycho House” set featured in 1960’s Psycho (and most of its film sequels) will continue to stand as a major tourist draw on the Universal Studios backlot in Los Angeles, its Canadian namesake wasn’t so lucky. As if to dispel any doubt that the upcoming season of Bates Motel on A&E will be the show’s last, the replica set used for filming in Aldergrove, British Columbia, has been demolished.
The pictures are courtesy of The Vancouver Sun.
It’s a shame the site, which was a spot-on replica of the original set, couldn’t have been saved for posterity. I imagine there are plenty of North American Horror Freaks who would have loved the opportunity to visit the location. Another replica of the Bates Motel built at Universal Studios Orlando (used to film Psycho IV) was already dismantled in 1998. While this makes the original location all the more special, it’s too bad there aren’t more places for Psycho fans to make a pilgrimage. Sigh.
Anyway, fans of the franchise still have the final season of Bates Motel to look forward to; check in at A&E for the premiere on February 20th. Peep the trailer, synopsis, and poster below.
Official Synopsis: This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho has provided fans with an intimate look into the unraveling of Norman Bates’ psyche throughout his teenage years. Fans watched as Norman’s dangerous transformation came full circle when he methodically murdered his beloved mother, Norma, in the final gut-wrenching episodes of season four. Season five of “Bates Motel” picks up almost two years later and finds Norman (Freddie Highmore), a grown man now, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home Norman struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as ‘Mother’ (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan Massett (Max Thierot) and Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), since leaving White Pine Bay, have been living their lives blissfully unaware of Norma’s death and Norman’s full on descent into psychosis. Unfortunately, for them, they will soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), who is currently incarcerated for a perjury, hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love, Norma Bates.
New faces find their way to the Bates Motel this season to further complicate Norman’s life and threaten to unearth his dark secrets. Viewers will finally meet the iconic Marion Crane played by Rihanna. In addition, a new couple in town, Madeleine Loomis, played by Isabelle McNally (“House of Cards”) and her husband Sam Loomis, played by Austin Nichols (“The Walking Dead,” “Ray Donovan”), as well as Sheriff Dana Greene, played by Brooke Smith (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ray Donovan”) become entangled in Norman’s life causing a chain of events that could blow the lid off Norman’s secret life. Lastly, fans will be greeted by familiar faces when Caleb Calhoun (Kenny Johnson) and Chick Hogan (Ryan Hurst) return with agendas of their own.