Watch: Ed Gein 2000 123movies, Full Movie Online – The true story of Edward Gein, the farmer whose horrific crimes inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs. This is the first film to depict Gein’s tormented upbringing, his adored but domineering mother, and the 1957 arrest uncovered the most bizarre series of murders America has ever seen..
Plot: The true story of Edward Gein, the farmer whose horrific crimes inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs. This is the first film to Gein’s tormented upbringing, his adored but domineering mother, and the 1957 arrest uncovered the most bizarre series of murders America has ever seen
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Ed Gein – (Special pre-release preview) USA/2001/18. Dir. Chuck Parello.
Hailed as the inspiration for many of Hollywood’s greatest murderers, Ed Gein was a real-life serial killer operating in 1950’s Wisconsin. We were treated to a special pre-release preview of this forthcoming biopic. Many may have been left with a strange sense of déjà vu.
‘Psycho’, the novel upon which Hitchcock’s classic horror is based was inspired by the activities of the reclusive farmer, with the author Robert Bloch living just fifty miles from the town of Plainfield where Gein lived. The domineering mother character is consequently a big part of both films, as she instructs her wayward son to kill from beyond the grave. The skin wearing antics of ‘Buffalo Bill’ in Jonathan Demme’s `The Silence of the Lambs’ (based on the Robert Harris novel) were also a part of the twisted Gein routine as his butchered and ate his way through his victims, spreading fear through small-town America.
`The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and `American Psycho’ also owe a debt to this true tale, which demonstrates the full extremes of human depravity. Such was the myth attached to this story that it is surprising that no one has tried to bring it to the big screen before. The character of `Psycho’s’ Norman Bates is undoubtedly far better known than his real-life inspiration but director Chuck Parello takes a brave step and tackles the monster head on.
Ed Gein’s shy existence from abused child to grave robber and murderer are carefully charted, with his obsession for anatomy and his mother always in the background. Whether completely truthful or not, the film portrays Gein as more of a misguided bumpkin than a cold-blooded maniac. The opening shows apparently authentic news footage from the time, with neighbours expressing their shock that such a `nice, quiet young man like Ed’ could be involved in such horrific crimes. This adds a touch of realism to the proceedings, but the remainder from childhood through killings to capture is standard fare, with few surprises en route.
Sick, unbelievable, twisted REAL
This really is a pretty good film about the notorious killer Ed Gein, who inspired films like Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs. Despite that the film (of course) has it’s weak points. First of all there are the bad effects which are caused by lack of budget, but there also is another thing not too good about this film. That would be the script. OK I admit that the story itself is really accurate and makes good use of the mysteries revolving around Gein’s activities, but there is one thing there that is badly executed. The director and scriptwriter, actually to give us a picture of Gein’s schizophrenia, by letting his mother surface numerous times (directly and indirectly). On some of these occasions I felt that only making us (the viewer) hear her voice would have been sufficient. Otherwise this was pretty good and interesting. I kind of enjoyed this one, but then again, I’m studying psychology (maybe that’s why I like this film).
7 out of 10
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama
Director Chuck Parello
Writer Stephen Johnston
Actors Steve Railsback, Carrie Snodgress, Carol Mansell
Country United States, United Kingdom
Awards 4 wins & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (prints), Magic Film & Video Works, Burbank (CA), USA
Film Length 2,474 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm