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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 10” (TV Review)

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    Despite Norma looking very much deceased in last week’s episode, it was still debateable whether or not she was truly dead, possibly due to the fact that it is almost unheard of for one of the two leads to be killed off at this point in the game. With Norman’s mind increasingly diluted by psychosis, the show is always in the air as to what is real and what is not, and of course, there is also the case for characters having been brought back from the “dead” before, such as with Bradley Martin. Alas, that was not the case for poor Norma Bates.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 9” (TV Review)

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    After bearing witness to Norman’s ax-wielding meltdown in Episode 8, Episode 9 finds Alex concerned (and rightfully so) for the well-being and safety of Norma, who refuses to admit to him (and herself) that his request to have Norman go back to Pineview is warranted. Norma goes through her checklist of angles to get out of it but goes with her trusty ol gaslighting approach by telling Alex that he is overreacting.  

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 8” (TV Review)

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    Episode 8 of BATES MOTEL is titled “Unfaithful” and the title couldn’t be more apt, as that’s exactly how Norman views his mother’s position with her new husband. Of course, Norma justifies her marriage and protective motherhood as “trying to protect” everyone from everything but for this viewer, the act is wearing thin. As for Norman, his anger and newfound inner brat is, while unappealing, not unwarranted. It becomes evident to him that he doesn’t fit into these new lives which leaves him feeling a growing resentment, planting more seeds towards the inevitable.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 7” (TV Review)

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    There was something unique about last week’s episode of BATES MOTEL, entitled “There’s No Place Like Home” after the mantra repeated by Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ to help her come back to reality. Directed by Nestor Carbonell (who plays Sheriff Romero on the series), “There’s No Place Like Home” offers an interesting dynamic and perspective, especially considering Carbonell is someone who has crafted a vital character on the show. Nestor’s vision is absolutely stunning, and this episode, much like Romero himself at times, has a very sweet tone to it.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 5 & 6” (TV Review)

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    Let me start by saying Episode five of BATES MOTEL’s stellar fourth season has some of the best Norma one-liners we have heard in a long time. As Romero and she try to put the house back together after a break-in, Norma is trying to rationalize why she would be a target of such destructive vandalism. In classic Norma fashion, she says “What the hell, Alex? I have been so good. I’ve totally kept to myself, all I have been thinking about is Norman and getting him better, I’ve been busy marrying you. I haven’t had time to piss anyone off.”

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 4” (TV Review)

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    The fourth episode of BATES MOTEL opens with Norman recounting all of the people that “mother” has killed while the voice of his dead father telling him that Norma killed him is running in his head. When Norman refuses his meds, the nurse tells him that if he doesn’t take them, he will be locked into his room until a resident nurse comes to see him. While the rules of this institution remain a bit murky, the logic here remains problematic, but that’s far from Norman’s biggest problem this week.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 3” (TV Review)

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    Although episode three has thus far been the tamest of Season 4, the installment was not short on surprises. The first one: Nobody got killed!  The second one: Norma wearing all black. In fact, I think the only other time we have seen her in all black is the very first episode of Season 1 when she and Norman are laying to rest the body of Norman’s father, Sam. So it was an interesting wardrobe choice for what would be her wedding to Sheriff Romero at White Pine Bay City Hall.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episodes 1 & 2” (TV Review)

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    Season 4 of BATES MOTEL starts with Sheriff Romero taking a good hard look at what his life has become. Sitting in a small boat in the middle of the Ocean, he watches all the evidence of Bob Paris’ murder sink before his eyes. The metaphoric irony is not lost on him but he continues to run- well, in this case, paddle away- from his problems. Meanwhile, when we first see Norman, waking up dirty and disoriented in the middle of nowhere, it really hit me how far Norman has gone. There seems to be barely anything left of the Norman that we got to know in the beginning of the series; the Norman that tried his hardest to fight his demons because he just wanted to experience life as a normal teenager.

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  • Q&A: Director Merlin Dervisevic on the Personal Hell of “CRUEL AND UNUSUAL”

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    Imagine, for a moment, the worst thing you could do to a loved one, which inevitably causes their death. Now imagine living it over and over again. Sounds like a bottomless pit, doesn’t it? That’s the scenario explored in CRUEL & UNUSUAL, the just-released directorial debut of Merlin Dervisevic, who discussed it with FANGORIA.

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  • The Cutting Room: Actress Sadie Katz talks “BLOOD FEAST” Remake

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    Welcome to THE CUTTING ROOM, a new weekly column on FANGORIA.com that highlights the stories that most share DNA of our print counterpart. Rather than just feature the features, articles and interviews that didn’t make the cut, this column is dedicated to providing a greater lifeline between FANGORIA Magazine and FANGORIA.com.

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  • “SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK” To Receive Documentary Treatment

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    Adore it or fear it, the revered and reviled children’s book series SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK is about to receive a documentary film treatment. FANGORIA #339 explored the “Satanic Panic” era in which SCARY STORIES acted as a sacrificial lamb, and more to the point, the lasting impression it had on contemporary artists within the horror genre, innovative and invigorating filmmakers like the Soska Sisters, and Karen Lam, and the duo of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston, who were originally slated to bring the eerie campfire/folklore tales to the silver screen.

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