Bates Motel is gearing up for a very special guest in Season 5. Marion Crane is reportedly packing her bags and making a spur-of-the-moment reservation. Here’s hoping her shower is clean and she has plenty of fresh towels at her disposal.
In a recent TVLine interview, executive producer Carlton Cuse talked about Marion’s return to the Bates Motel. Even better, she’s going to appear in more than one episode. Cuse went on to confirm and explain everyone’s excitement about the character’s reappearance.
“We wanted the final season to allow us to do our version of the Psycho lore. We will be colliding with certain events in the narrative of the film, but it would be boring to just recreate Psycho.”
For those who are unaware, Janet Leigh played the part of Marion in the original Alfred Hitchcock film. Interestingly enough, according to TMC, Leigh was the only well-known name on the docket. Why? The answer is simple. Hitchcock was working with an extremely low budget.
The shower scene at the Bates Motel took seven days to shoot. The set was constructed so that certain parts of the walls could be removed, allowing a single cameraman to get the job done. Leigh wore moleskin to cover her private parts. The set was closed, during that particular filming.
One of the reasons Hitchcock made the decision to film his movie in black-and-white is because he thought a murder scene like this one would be too much for the audience. If you watch the video above, the blood you see swirling down the shower drain is actually chocolate syrup. That being said, many moviegoers were still so shocked by the events occurring at the Bates Motel, they swore what they saw was real blood.
The music for Marion Crane’s shower scene is as classic as the movie itself. Be honest, when you hear it, the scene starts to play out in your head. Doesn’t it? The musical accompaniment was accomplished by a group of violinists who simply sawed (a.k.a. played) the same note over and over.
— Michael Ausiello (@MichaelAusiello) May 20, 2016
It’s interesting to note that Hitchcock wanted the shower scene to be void of any music. If it weren’t for Bernard Herrmann’s suggestion, the shock factor of the scene might have been much different.
There is already a lot of speculation, in regard to who will play the role of Marion Crane on Season 5 of Bates Motel. Possible choices include the following, according to a separate TVLine report.
- Anna Camp
- Emily VanCamp
- Amanda Seyfried
- Jessica Lucus
- AnnaLynne McCord
- Alexis Bledel
- Katharine Isabelle
- Emma Bell
Some of these women resemble the original Marion Crane more than others. However, looking like Janet Leigh isn’t a prerequisite for the part. Additional names will likely be added to the list before the final choice is made – maybe even, her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis.
— John (@JJRiot88) May 20, 2016
As recently reported by The Inquisitr, Bates Motel is slated to end with Season 5. Yes, the show is extremely popular, and fans everywhere will be more than a little bit sad to see it end. However, it was planned this way, almost from the start.
What do you think about Marion Crane returning to the Bates Motel? Are you glad that she’ll be staying on for more than one episode? Feel free to leave your Season 5 theories below.
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