Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bates Motel (1987) (TV)

Directed by:
Richard Rothstein

Bud Cort plays a recently-released nutcase who inherits the famous motel from Norman in this made-for-TV movie. Originally a projected pilot for a weekly series, this ill-conceived waste of time thankfully didn't go any further. It was never released on video; you'll be lucky finding it on cable, and even luckier if you never get stuck watching it. Stick with the obviously superior PSYCHO series.


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