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Ed Gein (2000)

In the Light of the Moon (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 20 July 2001 (UK)
1:26 | Trailer
The story of Ed Gein, who dug up the corpses of over a dozen women and made things out of their remains before finally shooting two people to death and butchering their bodies like beef sides.


Chuck Parello
4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Railsback ... Ed Gein
Carrie Snodgress ... Augusta W. Gein
Carol Mansell ... Collette Marshall
Sally Champlin Sally Champlin ... Mary Hogan
Steve Blackwood ... Brian
Nancy Linehan Charles ... Eleanor
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... George Gein
Travis McKenna ... Ronnie
Jan Hoag ... Irene Hill
Brian Evers Brian Evers ... Henry Gein
Pat Skipper ... Sheriff Jim Stillwell
Craig Zimmerman ... Pete Anderson
Nicholas Stojanovich Nicholas Stojanovich ... Dale
Dylan Kasch Dylan Kasch ... Melvin
Tish Hicks ... Leigh Cross


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. Written by Anonymous

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Before DAHMER, Before GACY, There was ED. See more »


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Did You Know?


The scene with Steve Railsback dancing in the moonlight while wearing a woman's skin was done in a single take. See more »


Both Ed's mother and, later, Ed himself read passages from the Book of Revelation in the Bible (primarily focused on the 'whore of Babylon')... but they are reading from about the first 10% of the book, while Revelation is the very last part of the book. However; Augusta and Ed often read the story of Noah, found in Genesis. See more »


Ed Gein: I get lonely in this house all by myself.
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References Motel Hell (1980) See more »


Written by Shark, Angela McCluskey, Paul Cantelon
Performed by Shark 'n The Smoke
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Flawed movie that should have been much stronger but it's a fine film.
2 July 2005 | by hu675See all my reviews

A man in his late forties, who lived in a small community of Plainfield, Wisconson. A local oddity by the name of Ed Gein (Steve Railsback), who is just a little different from others. Ed was tormented and abused years ago by his parents, especially his mother (The late:Carrie Snodgress). Since Ed's repression brought out the worse of him, which lead to brutal murders and countless mutilations from his victims and corpses.

Directed by Chuck Parello (Herny:Portrait of a Serial Killer 2, The Hillside Strangler) made a horrific, unflinching horror film. Which it is Based on a True Story of America's First Infamous Serial Killers. Railsback, who played a true Serial Killer before in Helter Skelter as Charlie Manson back in 1976. Which it was a 2 Part T.V. Movie. Railsback is well cast as Ed Gein.

DVD has an sharp Pan & Scan (1.33:1) transfer and an fine-Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. DVD only extra is a trailer, but this DVD could have used more features of this fascinating true-life tale. Oddly Enough, they did a better Ed Gein movie back more than three decides ago with the film titled "Deranged". Railsback is also one of the Executive Producers for this film. (*** ½/*****).

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Release Date:

20 July 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,708, 6 May 2001

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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