Ed Gein (2001)




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By day, Ed Gein was a quiet man who kept watch over the farm left to him by his late mother in Plainfield, a small rural community in Wisconsin. But by night, Gein was one of the most bizarre and dangerous psychopaths in recorded history. Raised by a violent alcoholic father and a mother with an obsessive fear of sin and hatred of sex, Gein had very few friends, and after the death of his parents, Gein was left to his own devices on the family farm (where, under a government subsidy program, he was paid not to grow crops), and his unhealthy obsessions eventually became ugly realities. Gein's crimes included murder, necrophilia, cannibalism, and grave robbing, with Gein using the flesh and bones of his victims to construct household objects, including a suit and mask made from human skin that Gein used when he wanted to dress up as a woman (it's been suggested that some of Gein's crimes stemmed from a twisted attempt to deal with his desire to change his gender). In 1957, two murders committed by Gein attracted the attention of the police, leading to Gein's arrest; near the end of that year, he was declared criminally insane and was committed for life to Wisconsin's Waupan State Hospital, where he stayed until his death in 1984. Gein's grisly story inspired a number of horror films, including Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Deranged, but Ed Gein is the first feature based strictly on the facts of Gein's case, using his real name as well as those of most of his victims. Ed Gein stars Steve Railsback in the title role, with Carrie Snodgrass as his mother Augusta, and Sally Champlin and Carol Mansell as two of his victims.
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Carol Mansell
as Collette Marshall
Austin James Peck
as Ed (age 10)
Bill Cross
as George Gein
Brian Evers
as Henry Gein
Rick Simpson
as Henry (age 20)
Luke Rowland
as Henry (age 14)
Sally Champlin
as Mary Hogan
Nancy Linehan Charles
as Eleanor Adams
Jan Hoag
as Judy Anderson
Pat Skipper
as Sheriff Jim Stillwell
Craig Zimmerman
as Pete Anderson
Dylan Kasch
as Melvin
Tish Hicks
as Leigh Cross
Lee McLaughlin
as Phil Anderson
Bill Pirman
as Dean Story
Tom Rainone
as Butch
Dan Striepeke
as Doctor
Heather Gun
as Georgeann
Chad Halyard
as Roger Johnson
Devin Alexander
as Doris Wickstrom
Ben Caswell
as Officer David Bell
Heather Gettings
as Nazi Woman
Gladell Adelman
as Virginia Boyd
Danny Keogh
as Hunter
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Critic Reviews for Ed Gein

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Steve Railsback gives us probably the definitive cinematic Gein, and the movie is eminently worthwhile for him alone.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

Never going past being creepy and unsettling.

Full Review… | February 12, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not really terrible, but way too dry and dull for any self-respecting serial killer biopic.

April 2, 2005

Manages to make Ed Gein dull. An amazing feat.

March 1, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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October 23, 2007
Cinema Crazed

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August 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Ed Gein


Ive read the true crime book "Deviant" by Harold Schechter, and if that book is accurate then the movie "Ed Gein" is pretty accurate. As far as I know the parts where the specter of Ed's dead mother instructs him and coaxes him are fiction though. The acting for the main characters is good. If you are looking for Texas Chainsaw Massacre then watch that, but if you want a good movie about the true story of the "original psycho" then watch this movie. And yes there is some gruesome stuff show.

Brandon Stocks
Brandon Stocks

Ed Gein, the star of "Texas Chainsaw Massacare," gets another horrible movie. This one being more based on facts, still sucks. Just don't watch this film.

Joshua Dzindzio
Joshua Dzindzio

Poor Steve Railsback has been type cast as Serial Killers & Bad Guys since Playing Manson, or is it that he is just so Darn Good at Being Bad? He makes a very Creepy Ed Gein as well, but he'll forever be Charlie Manson whenever I see that6 face.

Marilee Aschwanden
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