Ed Gein Review
Synopsis: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.
Ed Gein (2000) is a 1h 29- min Spanish and Portuguese crime, drama biography film that is also known as In the Light of the Moon (2000) and was shot in Santa Clarita, California, USA and California, USA. The film chronicles the life of Ed Gein who was an American grave robber and murderer. The movie was released on Ed Gein’s 43rd anniversary of his arrest on November 17, 2000, in Spain and Portugal. Director Chuck Parello (The Hillside Strangler (2004), Henry II: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1996), Dr. 420 (2012)) did an average job executing this chronicle of this evil person’s life. The film contains nudity, crude dialogue, decapitation, decapitated body, blood, bad language, graphic violence, and adult content.
Ed Gein committed his crimes from the 1940s through the 1950s where he resided in Plainfield, Wisconsin. We get to see some moments from Ed’s childhood where he was tormented and also the complicated relationship he had with his mother. Ed was an inspiration for the movies Psycho (1960) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) although his body count was small.
Ed (Steve Railsback - Lifeforce (1985), The Stunt Man (1980), Disturbing Behavior (1998)) lives in a dirty farmhouse in a secluded area and has not many friends. His troubled childhood where he was abused by his alcoholic father and religious mother (Carrie Snodgress - Pale Rider (1985), Wild Things (1998), The Fury (1978)) had a devastating effect on him. Ed is one sick guy who digs up corpses from his local cemetery, tries to resurrect them and then make household items (bowls, etc.) from their remains. He even made an entire suit from a female’s skin.
Ed decides to kidnap Mary (Sally Champlin - Die Watching (1993), The Young and the Restless (2002-2004), An Element of Truth (1995)) who is a local tavern bartender because Ed’s mother had told him when she was alive of Mary’s sin. Ed shot and tied up Mary and kept her in his home, but Ed is not worried because even the sheriff does not see him as a threat. Mary eventually dies from her injuries leaving Ed to find his next victim, Collette (Carol Mansell - Down to Earth (1984-1987), Thelma & Louise (1991), Walk of Shame (2014)) who is the local hardware store owner. Ed continues his killing spree as his way of doing God’s bidding.
It might be bad to say but I cannot get over how Steve Railsback resembles Ed Gein so much and the thought of it creeps me out. Steve did a remarkable job portraying Ed whose real footage are seen at the end of the film. The set design for Ed’s home was nicely done as well as the discovery of Ed’s last victim which was mind boggling creepy. I wish the editor had done a better job putting the events in the order as they occurred which would have helped add some suspense to the movie. It was a straightforward storytelling of Ed’s life with grotesque gore effects.
About Ed Gein (2000)
AKA: In the Light of the Moon
Runtime: 89 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
Total Avg. Votes: 9
Writers: Stephen Johnston
Director: Chuck Parello