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Psycho is a 1960 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was originally inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. The film depicts an encounter between a secretary who is in hiding after embezzling from her employer, and lonely and profoundly disturbed hotel proprietor.
Mohinder and Sylar (masquerading as Zane Taylor) stay the night in a motel in rural Bozeman, Montana while visiting Dale, an evolved human with enhanced hearing.
With his new shape shifting ability, Sylar "resurrects" his dead mother by shifting forms between himself and his mother, and having conversations with himself in the process.
- The establishing shot of the motel is very similar to the establishing shot of the Bates Motel in Psycho, including the "Vacancy" sign outside.
- Both motels contain mentally disturbed killers.
- Sylar and Mohinder check into rooms 22 and 23, respectively. Marion checks into room 1.
- Some have found Sylar (especially as Gabriel Gray) and Norman Bates (especially as Anthony Perkins's portrayal) to be similar in appearance: both have an unassuming look and a simple haircut. They both appear to be in their early-to-mid-20s. They are both tall, slender, and handsome. The relationships they have with their mothers are similar as well—their dysfunctional relationships help motivate Sylar and Norman to murder.
The Bates Motel from Psycho is eerily similar to the Bozeman motel.
Norman Bates from Psycho bears a distinct resemblance to Gabriel Gray.