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Ed Gein (2000)

In the Light of the Moon (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 20 July 2001 (UK)
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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.

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Chuck Parello
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Cast

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 Steve Blackwood ... Brian
Nancy Linehan Charles ... Eleanor
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... George Gein
Travis McKenna 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
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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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The true story behind Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. See more »


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,708, 6 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,708, 6 May 2001
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Anderson home, where Ed is captured at the end of the film, is the same house used as the Jarvis' home in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984). See more »

Goofs

A gas pump says "5% sales tax added." The film takes place primarily in 1957; Wisconsin did not have a sales tax until 1962, when it was 3%. The sales tax did not reach 5% until 1982. See more »

Quotes

Ed Gein: I get lonely in this house all by myself.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Written by Shark, Angela McCluskey, Paul Cantelon
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ED GEIN: A Woman in a Man's Body
6 August 2005 | by Matthew JanovicSee all my reviews

This movie gets a lot more criticism than it generally deserves. Indeed, it is extremely low-budget, but it basically nails the whole point of Ed Gein better than anyone ever has, or possibly ever will. What seems to disappoint most people is the fact that the film sticks so closely to the story of what happened. The reality is, Ed Gein was not a serial-killer in any respect, and murdered two women who he may have felt resembled his dead-mother. What he is most remembered for, in-reality, are the ghoulish-excavations and "articulations" of dead-bodies.

It's very difficult for us to imagine in 2005 how much of a bombshell Ed Gein was in late-1950s America. In-fact, it's my own humble opinion that we still haven't entirely coped with the knowledge of such aberrant-behavior. Why do people do such things? Sometimes, there are no clear-answers, but the makers of "Ed Gein" have shed some much-needed light on what is known about Gein's metamorphosis into a full-blown ghoul. Surprisingly, a great-deal of the psychological subtext of his life has leaked-into films "based" on his "true story." Most successful-of-all--naturally--is Hitchcock's "Psycho," but Steve Railsback and Chuck Parello have shown us a very clear scenario into why Ed Gein became the man we know-of today. Gein was basically bisexual and had a strong-desire to BE a woman, like his mother.

As stated in "Psycho" so well, he wanted to "...become his mother," in a sad-attempt to "bring her back" to life. His father was a pathetic-drunk, and as is well-known, his mother had a god-like dominance (coupled with religious-fanaticism and sociopathic-attitudes)over the young boy. Ed was also deeply-traumatized by an incident on the family farm where he saw his parents slaughtering a pig--Ed was unable to assist them, and was often called a "panty-waist" by his mother. The incident, and a few others, are enacted convincingly by Parello and company, and much of the film takes-place in Gein's head (where it belongs).

There are a few continuity-errors: the headlights of a car are clearly from the 1990s in one insert-shot, and there are a few moments where the production-design could have been closer to what 1950s America looked-like. But, all-in-all, you have the definitive film on Ed Gein. It's all here, in all its pathetic-glory. This is what happens when someone is neglected by family and society spiritually and medically;this was simply a sick man who needed help. Nobody did until it was too-late. This isn't sexy and exciting to gore-hounds and thrill-seekers who come to a film like this not to learn something, but merely to stimulate their hunger for viscera. Excellent film! How can you lose with ole' Steve Railsback, anyway?

Postscript: It seems possible Mr. Railsback was a target-for-death of Mr. Robert Blake!


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