A&E's been selling the subtle creepy-factor for their upcoming original drama series Bates Motel, and the latest teaser for the show gives another chills-inducing look at Norman Bates and his mother. We also have an early look at some new key art for the show, which is scheduled to debut this March.
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Bates Motel will serve as a "contemporary preque" to the story. It follows Norman Bates and his mother when Norman was a teenager. The drama, which is executive produced by Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, will serve as a backstory to the popular film, so expectations are likely high that this new story will live up to Hitchcock's beloved film.. The teaser below shows us Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman. Highmore doesn't actually say anything, but his facial expressions speak volumes.
Norma loves Norman. That's as evident in her body language as it is in her words. While she's turned toward him and holding his arm, Norman stares straight ahead, a creepy smile forming on his lips at the very end. Yikes!
The new key art is set under the words "A boy's best friend is his mother," and depicts a similar image to the teaser, with Norma and Norman seated in a motel room. Norma's leaning in and Norman's staring ahead, his posture stiff and his hands on his knees.
Creepy seems like a fitting tone to promote the series, especially knowing that Norman will go on to become a serial killer. I also like the emphasis on Norman's relationship with his mother, since that's expected to be a key aspect of this series.
Bates Motel premieres on A&E March 18 at 10:00 p.m.