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Ed Gein (2000)

Steve Railsback , Carrie Snodgress , Chuck Parello  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Railsback, Carrie Snodgress, Carol Mansell, Sally Champlin, Steve Blackwood
  • Directors: Chuck Parello
  • Writers: Stephen Johnston
  • Producers: Bill Cross, A. Brooks Medoff, Charles Adelman, Hamish McAlpine, Karen Nicholls
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2X3QG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ed Gein" on IMDb

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This is the true story of America’s first famous serial killer. Everyone in small Plainfield, Wisconsin thought Ed was just a little different, a local oddity. But Ed was tormented and haunted by years of family abuse and repression which led him to the brutal murders and mutilations of countless victims and corpses. In a remote farmhouse filled with the stench of death, Ed is driven to do unspeakable acts to his victims, acts that have become legend and the basis for future films like "Psycho" and the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." This film will shock you with its unflinching horror and unforgettable performances from Steve Railsback and Carrie Snodgrass. No one will ever forget the true story of "Ed Gein."

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying little chiller. August 29, 2001
Ed Gein was not one of the world's most prolific serial killers, but he is one of the most imitated. Several classic movie maniacs have been inspired by his real life crimes (Norman Bates, Leatherface, and 'Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill, to name a few). But few people are really aware of the man who not only inspired a slew of slasher films but also a couple of heavy metal songs ('Dead Skin Mask' by Slayer, anyone?). This film, by director Chuck Parello, fresh off of another serial killer flick, 'Henry 2: Mask of Sanity', tries to play it's subject matter straight and indeed it does. There are no fake scares, no cheap one-liners, no charismatic killers slicing and dicing nubile young coeds. It is a serious and disturbing character study, a psychological tale that dwells very, very deep in the mind of it's title character. Played by the great character actor Steve Railsback (who played Charlie Manson in 'Helter Skelter' back in 1976) Ed Gein is a slow-witted child of a man, unable to cope with the passing of his mother (played by another great character actor, Carrie Snodgress). He goes about digging up graves and trying to resurrect the corpses. He is a cannibal and a necrophile and, in the movie's most jarring scene, enjoys dressing in the skin of his victims. The violence presented in the film is not terribly explicit, instead relying on suggestion to achieve a discomforting effect. For all it's merits however, 'Ed Gein' fails on many levels. Most of the supporting cast feels under-developed and under-acted. The low budget look of the film gives it a documentary feel which would be great if the movie was devised to be that kind of film. Read more ›
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ed Gein at last!!!! August 28, 2001
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First off, let me say thank you to Chuck Parello for bringing us the first and only accurate film about the life and crimes of Ed Gein. This movie is top notch, even for low budget, and Steve Railsback plays Eddie to a "T." What an outstanding performance. Carrie Snodgrass is also brilliant in her role as Augusta Gein, the bible thumping tyrant mother. Truely award winning performances by both. The movie plays in the late 50's during Eddies murdering and grave robbing days, with constant flash backs to his childhood, growing up and losing his family members one by one. The film is about 95% accurate and ends after his arrest for the murder of Bernice Worden. (Collette Marshall in the film). Because the Wordens still actually live in Plainfield and their hardware store still stands, their names were changed for the movie. For anyone expecting to see a grisly bloodfest, this movie isn't for you. It was done in quite good taste, almost too good. I think they purposely kept the film's gore/scare level to a minimum, so as not to attract too much unwanted attention from people in Wisconsin and elsewhere. This film is not scary, not real creepy and not gorey. It could be considered the best "case study" ever done on Americas first "serial killer." Even the musical score is middle of the road, with no creepy under tones and no "stingers." That might disappoint alot of people expecting to be scared and grossed out beyond imagination. None the less, this film is one of the best movies I've seen and the ONLY movie on Ed you will ever need to see. Railsback's potrail of Ed Gein is almost unnerving, right down to the nervous twitch in his lip. Most of you will remember Railsback as Charlie Manson in Helter Skelter. Read more ›
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ed Gein, up close and personal December 26, 2004
The strange case of cannibal killer and all around fruitcake Ed Gein of Plainfield, Wisconsin makes for an interesting book or movie, although it is not the sort of story you're likely to see as a network feature of the week. We've already seen several films based on the Gein phenomenon, like Robert Bloch's book (and Hitchcock's subsequent film version) "Psycho" and Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Neither of these films attempts to tell the real story of Gein's numerous psychopathologies and actual crimes, and no film did until "Deranged" came out in the early 1970s. Even that movie, closer to what Ed Gein actually did but still fanciful in respects, couldn't capture the truly depraved incidents that unfolded in Plainfield during the 1950s. Finally, we were told in no uncertain terms, the film "Ed Gein" would peel the curtain back and really show us the actual monstrosities of the cannibal killer. Yeah, right. No film will truly show us the behaviors Ed Gein engaged in because no one knows for certain all of the atrocities he committed. Debate still rages today over whether the man was a raving lunatic or a cold, shrewdly intelligent beast fully aware of his actions.

Nonetheless, "Ed Gein" gives it the old college try. The movie spends a great amount of time examining the odd method of childrearing practiced in the Gein household. His mother Augusta (Carrie Snodgrass) is a woman dedicated to bible thumping and character assassination. The titular character (played by the always reliable Steve Railsback) and his older brother Henry (Brian Evers) spend most of their childhood and a significant amount of their adulthood sitting around Augusta listening to her drone on and on about her favorite biblical passages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not scary at all
They list this as horror but this film is more of a biography of Ed Gein. There was no scare, gore, or anything. Nothing! Disappointed.
Published 2 days ago by Arnetta D Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the Point Story
I like the movie because it does not show any extreme violence like the slasher movies such as Friday the 13th or Halloween. Read more
Published 8 days ago by RVB Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
The movie is really Educational helping us understand this sickness .. And how it effects the human mind, great movie
Published 25 days ago by Donna knowles
4.0 out of 5 stars strange guy
Gives insight to someone I had never heard of before. How abuse and life can intertwine and the effects there of.
Published 26 days ago by Amber Marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Hannibal movie fan.
It was interesting. Enjoyable. Kept my attention. The intense southern accents bothered me a little bit. It didn't really make sense. But regardless it was enlightening. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly E McCleskey
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic biography
It was your average mediocre budget biography of Ed Gein. If you're looking for a basic cable-TV type of story then this should be fine.
Published 1 month ago by Alan C Cramer
2.0 out of 5 stars What A Complete Waste Of Time
This movie was completely a waste of my time. I have seen better movies and this was not scary at all. At certain points the scenes didn't make any sense. I would not recommend. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Myessha Bradford
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting movie
I'm from Wisconsin and was 12 years old when this happened. The movie was close to what my memory of the events were. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Excellent movie. GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT. Very informative and interesting. It was a very pleasant surprise. Glad I bought it.
Published 2 months ago by TERESSA30
5.0 out of 5 stars ed gein
was a good film how ever wish this never happened in real life. feel sorry for the victims of the true crimes
Published 2 months ago by stoneyloc
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