Here’s a confession: I hadn’t seen Psycho back when I started watching Bates Motel a few years ago. I didn’t even really know what it was about. I think I was aware that it involved a creepy motel owner, but as far as how the story was supposed to go, I was completely in the dark. When you’re committing yourself to watching 50 episodes of a prequel and reimagining of a 1960 movie, maybe that’s not a bad thing. And it’s not as if I wasn’t familiar with Hitchcock’s work. I’ve seen The Lady Vanishes, Notorious and The Birds. That’s not too bad. Even so, I made me promise to watch Psycho when I was done with Bates Motel, so that’s what I did.
Now, if you haven’t seen Bates Motel and/or Psycho and would like too, then please bear in mind that this post contains minor spoilers. I’ve kept it as vague as I possibly could, but if you want to get into them as unknowingly as I did, it might be best to skip this one for a while. You’re very welcome to come back once you’ve seen them.