Ed Gein

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By day, Ed Gein was a quiet man who kept watch over the farm left to him by his late mother in Plainfield, a small rural community in Wisconsin. But by night, Gein was one of the most bizarre and dangerous psychopaths in recorded history. Raised by a violent alcoholic father and a mother with an obsessive fear of sin and hatred of sex, Gein had very few friends, and after the death of his parents, Gein was left to his own devices on the family farm where, under a government subsidy program, he was paid not to ...
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By day, Ed Gein was a quiet man who kept watch over the farm left to him by his late mother in Plainfield, a small rural community in Wisconsin. But by night, Gein was one of the most bizarre and dangerous psychopaths in recorded history. Raised by a violent alcoholic father and a mother with an obsessive fear of sin and hatred of sex, Gein had very few friends, and after the death of his parents, Gein was left to his own devices on the family farm where, under a government subsidy program, he was paid not to grow crops, and his unhealthy obsessions eventually became ugly realities. Gein's crimes included murder, necrophilia, cannibalism, and grave robbing, with Gein using the flesh and bones of his victims to construct household objects, including a suit and mask made from human skin that Gein used when he wanted to dress up as a woman it's been suggested that some of Gein's crimes stemmed from a twisted attempt to deal with his desire to change his gender. In 1957, two murders committed by Gein attracted the attention of the police, leading to Gein's arrest; near the end of that year, he was declared criminally insane and was committed for life to Wisconsin's Waupan State Hospital, where he stayed until his death in 1984. Gein's grisly story inspired a number of horror films, including Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Deranged, but Ed Gein is the first feature based strictly on the facts of Gein's case, using his real name as well as those of most of his victims. Ed Gein stars Steve Railsback in the title role, with Carrie Snodgrass as his mother Augusta, and Sally Champlin and Carol Mansell as two of his victims.
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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
If Texas-born Steve Railsback doesn't quite have the right accent to evoke rural Wisconsin, director Chuck Parello and production designer Mark Harper surround him with such visual verisimilitude that Railsback's performance is convincing anyway. The problem with the authenticity here is that the filmmakers have managed to authentically capture the dull, boring parts of life in 1950s rural Wisconsin. Ed Gein is so under-the-top that what should be compelling merely becomes unpleasant. Given that Gein's legend has been previously retold in several cutting-edge works, taking a low-key approach to the psychopathic side of America's heartland was probably a good idea. Unfortunately, Parello isn't Terrence Malick and Ed Gein isn't Badlands. On the plus side, the film closely follows the events surrounding Gein's real-life crimes. On the minus side, Parello doesn't understand that credibility is not a substitute for style. Still, the film has a sincerity that helps it succeed. The denial of the townspeople Gein encounters is much like the denial of the public in the 1950s, who didn't much want to know that people like Ed Gein were in their midst. The era of the serial killer as superstar was nearing though, through the groundbreaking work of novelist Robert Bloch and director Alfred Hitchcock, who were inspired by Gein's story to create Psycho.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2001
  • UPC: 687797846426
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Millennium
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Railsback Ed Gein
Carrie Snodgress Augusta Gein
Sally Champlin Mary
Carol Mansell Colette
Steve Blackwood
Pat Skipper Sheriff Jim Stillwell
Craig Zimmerman
Travis McKenna Ronnie
Brian Evers Henry Gein
Bill Cross George Gein
Technical Credits
Chuck Parello Director
Sheryl Bittencourt Casting
Vanja Cernjul Cinematographer
Mark Harper Production Designer
Stephen Johnston Screenwriter
Elena Maganini Editor
Hamish McAlpine Producer
Robert McNaughton Score Composer
Michael Muscal Producer
Karen Nicholls Executive Producer
Niklas J. Palm Costumes/Costume Designer
Perpetual Motion Pictures, Inc. Special Effects
Steve Railsback Executive Producer
Dan Striepeke Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very bizarre movie - a close account of Gein's crimes.

    This movie was chilling and told the story of Ed Gein's macabre crimes while sticking closely to what actually happened. The director plays up the close relationship between Ed and his mother Augusta very well.

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