A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’ Releases Posters, Suggests Sadistic Turn For New Series

If you haven’t heard by now, Psycho’s very own Norman Bates is coming to a television screen near you. The new A&E series, which is set to premiere on March 18, will take an interesting twist on the film Psycho. Instead of trying to recreate the classic horror film into a series, it promises to focus on the horrifyingly creepy childhood of its main creeper Norman Bates.

A&E has decided to promote their new series, Bates Motel, as a prequel. In addition, the network has released promotional posters, that suggest it’s going to be one heck of a sadistic ride into the mind of Bates. The series which looks to be in the same vein as American Horror Story, is pretty unnerving even in its early promotional clips. One of the main posters shows what looks like to a dismembered, ashen hand washed up ashore. In another less vile poster is a picture of a woman with oxygen tubes, which isn’t as horrible as the former poster, but it does suggest something sinister.

The worst and what we find to be particularly creepy is a person seemingly strung in the air while engulfed in flames. The visual is striking, and promises a series that will probably pay close attention to details. Also one that will look to push the envelope at every turn. Or at least that’s what we’re hoping for. Bates Motel is a mini series that stars Freddie Highmore as young Norman, and Vera Farmiga as his mother.

The official synopsis of the show is as follows:

“This film intends to give viewers an intimate understanding of how Norman Bates’ psyche developed from his childhood through his teen years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first hand how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, helping forge the most well-known serial killing motel owner in history.”

What do you think about the new series? Are you going to tune in on March 18?