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Psycho TV series ‘Bates Motel’ in development

For those of you that thought showering was just a time to wind down and get clean, you are about to get a rude awakening as Psycho returns for yet another instalment, but this time it’s television.

Even if you’ve never seen the 1960 film Psycho, its sequels, the prequel, its last attempt at a TV spinoff or the 1998 remake, you probably know about the infamous shower scene and that’s because the film, especially that scene, is a horror classic.  Show me one other film that had to be shot in black and white to avoid being ‘too gory’, a concept which is lost these days.

The original film is about, momma’s boy, Norman Bates who runs a motel with his mother.  Then an unsuspecting shower user comes to stay and the rest is Hollywood history.  Two sequels followed, completely unrelated to the two sequels of the book the original film was based on, then came a prequel, that looked at Bates’ teenage years, followed by a spinoff were the motel is reopened and murders start again and finally, in 1998, a nearly shot for shot remake of the original film was made.  The new TV series will be called Bates Motel, the same name used for the spinoff, and will once again examine the teenage years of Norman Bates.

Though still in the early stages of development the show is said to give a close look at how Norman became a psycho.  The story will show him from childhood and through his teenage years, providing the pilot gets picked up.  Viewers will get to see how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, putting him on the path to become a killer.  Last time a Psycho show was proposed, the pilot wasn’t picked up and it was instead turned into a TV movie spinoff.  Hopefully this version doesn’t suffer the same fate as it will be interesting to see were, in 2012, they will take the story.  It’s no secret that movies are scarier these days than they were in the past, how will this change the story?

What do you think?  Would you like to see this show get made?  Are you a fan of the original movie?  Have you ever read the book?  Let me know by voting a leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you enjoyed this post, click the like button.

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The Munsters Remake

One of the weirdest families ever on TV, second only to the Addams family, are set to make a comeback.  It’s The Munsters, which I literally just realised was a play on the word monsters (more evidence that my observation skills are not akin to those of Sherlock Holmes).

We live in an age were nothing is ever truly over.  Bands and TV shows make dramatic comebacks after years of being thought fondly about, only to destroy their reputation with a, usually short, return.  Maybe this time will be different, but probably not.

The original show was made in the 60s and followed a family of monsters that try to live normal lives and could never understand why people were afraid of them.  The family was made up of Herman (the father), Lily (the mother), Eddie (the son), Marilyn (the niece) and grandpa (really you need an explanation).  Each of them is a type of monster; Lily and grandpa are vampires, Eddie is a werewolf, Herman is a sort of Frankenstein’s monster and Marilyn, perhaps most frightening of all, is a human.

This new version of the show will start filming in February 2012.  No cast have been announced yet, but some information about the plot has been leaked.  The pilot will show ten year old Eddie, who doesn’t know he’s a werewolf, transform while on a camping trip with his school.  This then forces the family to move and Eddie discovers that his family isn’t normal after all (I’m not the only one who isn’t observant).  Also, Marilyn has an eating disorder; she only eats suicide victims, which sounds a really dark.  This time around the show will be an hour long drama rather than a 30 minute sitcom.  Oh and did I mention Bryan Singer is directing the pilot, which means it’s got to be good.

Putting scepticism aside for a second, I have to say this does sound like an interesting viewing experience, one that I will be watching at least once; to pull it apart piece by piece if it’s bad, but hopefully it will be good.  Though there are a lot of examples that would suggest otherwise.

What do you think?  Do you remember the original?  Will you watch the pilot?  Are my observation skills really not up to the Sherlock Holmes standard?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.