Psycho House: The Many Faces of the Bates Mansion

Psycho House: The Many Faces of the Bates Mansion

It’s one of the most iconic houses of television and film: the Bates mansion, from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho. There’s nothing warm and welcoming about it, a foreboding Victorian-style monstrosity looming over the inexplicably eerie motel below. You know it the instant you see it, right? In context, yes. But we did a little digging, and were surprised to find that we’ve actually seen the Psycho house – or versions of it – in an impressive array of other productions, and not all of them psychological chillers. Unlike many movie homes (like the house from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Norman Bates’ abode was never a real house. It was built on the back lot of Universal Studios in Hollywood, and during the filming of Psycho it wasn’t even a full house – it was merely a front and left facade. The right side of the Bates mansion was only added in 1964, when it was used in the western Invitation to a Gunfighter. A few years later it was given a new coat of paint and used in the 1976 mini-series Captains and the Kings. It’s also featured in the short-lived television series Laredo, and was in an episode of Night Gallery. Read More: Urban Ghosts
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