# 16 – Psycho, Robert Bloch

# 16 – Psycho, Robert Bloch

We have been enjoying the series Bates Motel and were glad to see that they were wrapping it up with this final season.  So often television series outlast their stories, in our humble opinion, and many times they go to great and usually lousy lengths to keep milking the cash cow.  Although we are sad to see it go, the writers and such are doing a great job with the story and the wind up to the finale.

::Spoiler Alert::… if you haven’t seen Bates Motel and want surprises I would suggest you skip a bit..

I don’t know about you, but as we watch shows we are often struck by questions or thoughts worth pondering and often resort to googling information to satisfy our curiosity.  There have been several times during the run of this show that we have googled info, like, we were curious about the house and hotel…  But now as things are drawing to a close it seems they are ramping up the easter egg hunt.  We started noticing things when my hubby saw this and wondered if it was significant.

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A quick google search yielded a game  that is played from the end to its beginning… much like the TV show to the movie… and then scenes began to look very familiar… and it ramped up to the infamous shower scene from the movie… only to fool us…

Which prompted us to stop watching the finale and go watch the original movie.  Which, if you haven’t seen, or haven’t seen in a long time, still holds up to watching/re-watching, even when you know how it comes out.  Just plain good cinema.

So.  Original movie fresh in our minds we went back to the TV finale… and were amazed by how many nods to the movie there were.  Not whole dialogs, but sentences in their entirety fitted seamlessly into the modern dialog.  Nuances of characters, little details like Norman eating candy corn, and Norman stroking one of his stuffed birds as he speaks.  The shower scene… although not the woman you expect… it is her lover… and the iconic bits, the water, the blood down the drain, the grab for the shower curtain, pulling it off the rings… the body over the edge of the tub… and that shot of the eyeball.  Nice.  Really nice.

Then I began to wonder what they might have incorporated into the series from the original book.  So I acquired a copy and gave it a read.  It reads fast, it reads intense and I can see why it was a bit of a shocker for its day.  Mr. Bloch got his story from a real life serial killer Ed Gein… although reading his biography I think the thing that truly inspired this tale was Gein’s psychosis…  if you’d like to read up on this mama’s boy, you can find it HERE.

:: Safe reading continues::…  :-D

So.  Psycho was a good, curl up in your afghan with your hot drink of choice, finish in an evening and sleep with the lights on read.  I highly recommend it.  Especially if you’ve watched Bates Motel and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho… oh… and if you haven’t seen it, the movie Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren takes place during the time that Psycho is being filmed and released  (to keep with the theme).  It is also a very enjoyable watch.