"Because Norman appears to be uncomfortably evasive, inconsistent, self-incriminating and halting in his replies and insists no one stayed in the motel for a couple of weeks - but then contradicts himself - Arbogast asks to see the register to discover if Marion Crane used an alias. Norman chews nervously on candy, almost bird-like. From a low camera angle, his adam’s apple moves up and down his giraffe-like throat while awkwardly stretching to look at the register."
The Bates house in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) was largely modeled on an oil painting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The canvas is called “House by the Railroad” and was painted in 1925 by American iconic artist Edward Hopper. The architectural details, viewpoint and austere sky is almost identical as seen in the film.
It’s been over 50 years and yet Norman Bates remains to be, in my opinion, the most perfectly casted character for a horror movie of all time. It’s been said that Anthony Perkins’ career suffered horribly after Psycho because nobody could ever see him as any other character again. If that’s not phenomenal acting, I don’t know what is.
Bates Motel 2x10 “The Immutable Truth” / Psycho (1960)