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Ed Gein

Steve Railsback as Ed Gein

Tartan Films, VHS, DVD, 2001, Rated R, 1 hr. 29 Minutes

This movie is based on the real-life serial killer Ed Gein, a lonely strange man living in Plainfield, Wisconsin in 1957, who believes his dead mother is telling him to kill the townsfolk.  

Gein had a horrible childhood, with an overbearing, religious zealot of a mother and a brute of a father.  Gein blindly obeyed his mother's every wish, even after her death, when she visits him in daydreams, filling his head with talk of how the women in the town are harlots and must be killed.

Gein not only kills the women, he mutilates their bodies and dresses up in their skins.  He even makes a nice vagina ornament.  He also likes to cannibalize them, and even makes a tasty meal he shares with his friends.  

Ed Gein is definitely worth the 89 minutes I spent watching it, thanks in large part to Steve Railsback, who plays Gein with a mix of sadness and insanity.  Before Gein makes his first kill, I was actually feeling a little sorry for him living on a farm all by himself, his family all dead.  Railsback has a natural semi-smile on his face  through the whole movie, belying Gein's actual unhappiness and intelligence.

Carrie Snodgress plays Gein's mom to perfection.  With her gravelly voice and stern hairstyle, she makes the perfect scary religious freak that apparently the real Mrs. Gein was. 

The movie only shows two kills, and seems to end abruptly. I guess I expected more kills to be shown, even though I don't know how many there actually were.

As an aside, Plainfield, Wisconsin is 50 miles away from where Robert Bloch, the writer of Psycho lived.  Bloch has said that Psycho was loosely based on Gein.  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was also inspired by Gein's kills.

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QUICK FACTS

Studio

Tartan Films

Genre

Horror

Rating

R

Length

89 Minutes

Color

Yes

Sound

Yes

 

CAST

Actor / Actress

Character

Steve Railsback

Ed Gein

Carrie Snodgress

Augusta Gein

Carol Mansell

Collette Marshall

Sally Champlin

Mary Hogan

Steve Blackwood

Brian

Craig Zimmerman

Pete Anderson

 

CREW

Chuck Parello

Director

Hamish McAlpine

Producer

Michael Muscal

Producer

Karen Nicholls

Executive Producer

Steve Railsback

Executive Producer

Vanja Cernjul

Director of Photography

Elena Maganni

Editor

Stephen Johnston

Writer

Bob McNaughton

Music

http://www.edgeinthemovie.com/index2.html

Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 9/29/2002

 
   

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