Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007)

R  |  Video  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  6 March 2007 (USA)
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Inspired by the true story of one of the most gruesome killers in American history. Now, years after inspiring "Psycho's" Norman Bates, "The Silence Of The Lambs'" Buffalo Bill and "The ... See full summary »



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The life story of Ed Gein, the notorious serial killer and grave robber who inspired several classic horror films including 'Psycho' and 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'.

Director: Andrew Jones


Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera 'Momma' Mason
Bobby Mason
Sheriff (as Tim Oman)
Sue Layton
Rick Layton
Matteo Indelicato ...
Deputy Coley
Deputy Lyle
Sylvia Anguerson
Mike Korich ...
Jay Wilkins ...
Graveyard Security Guard
Federal Employee


Inspired by the true story of one of the most gruesome killers in American history. Now, years after inspiring "Psycho's" Norman Bates, "The Silence Of The Lambs'" Buffalo Bill and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" Leatherface, the story of real life serial killer Ed Gein is told once again. Nicknamed "The Butcher Of Plainfield," Gein was responsible for a rash of gory murders that sent shock waves through his rural Wisconsin town, and across America, in the late 1950's. Prepare to enter the evil mind and twisted world of "The Butcher Of Plainfield." Written by alfiehitchie

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Rated R for strong violence and disturbing graphic images | See all certifications »

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It's just awful!
2 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I stopped watching this film half way through. It was just terrible! Boring, contrived subplots. A complete lack of the pathos seen in Norman Bates, Buffalo Bill, or Steve Railsback's portrayal of Ed Gein. A movie doesn't have to be historically accurate, but the true story of Ed Gein is so much more interesting than this third-rate melodrama that was completely made up for no good reason! Ed Gein as portrayed by Kane Hodder is a cartoon sadist. The attempts to show the trauma inflicted on him by his mother are just weak exercises in recycled style. And this movie wanted to be stylish, but it even screwed that up. Fortunately, there is a better film of this story. 2001's Ed Gein told the story efficiently, and offered a few real chills as we watched a sick man not in control of himself. Steve Railsback, who played Ed Gein that time, was already famous for memorably portraying another famous serial killer: Charles Manson. His Ed had pathos. His film is the one to see. Avoid this mess.

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