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Ed Gein

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The haunting true life tale of one of America's most gruesome serialkillers: Ed Gein. His story provided the foundation for both Psycho andThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre, while the main the killer in Silence Of TheLambs was fashioned after Ed Gein.

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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: Multiple Formats, 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
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  • Studio: Alchemy / Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2X3QG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ed Gein" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
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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By A Customer on 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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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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