Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007) Movie Review

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2007 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
90 minutes /

User Score: 54/100

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Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield Review


Inspired by the true story of one of the most gruesome killers in American history. Now, years after inspiring "Psycho's" Norman Bates...

Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007) is a 1h 30-min rated R American direct-to-video horror film that is based on murderer Ed Gein crimes. Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield is a horror movie that shares Ed Gein’s namesake and is based on real life events. Horror fans who are looking forward to seeing a real crime version of Ed Gein’s life/murders should find another movie. Why in the world did director Michael Feifer (Abandoned (2010), Merry Kissmas (2015), A Christmas Wedding Tail (2011), Soda Springs (2012)) cast Kane Hodder who is 6′ 4″ to play Ed Gein? Wrong choice because Kane although looking sympathetic and lethal is just not the right fit for this role. Kane Hodder fans will have a good time seeing him in this film as his acting was believable and scary as he did a great job with all he did in this movie but, it is just the wrong part for him. The movie was far from a fact-by-fact recreation of the events.

Ed’s misdeeds were done and shot during some very dark scenes, and we did not get to see much violence as it was mostly implied. The director should have Kane Hodder (Se7en (1995), Monster (2003), Frozen (2010), Jason X (2001)) who plays Ed Gein wear the flesh-suit more than once. We were treated to the suit for a few seconds in one scene. There is not much in this movie that screams Ed Gein, but it is an overall good horror movie to watch. Deranged (1974) by Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen is a better storytelling of the Ed Gein’s life if you are looking for a better movie. The movie had the potential of being something better if it did not have the name Ed Gein in it than people would not look forward to seeing events of Ed Gein’s life and the movie would not be critique the same way.

About Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield 2007

Title: Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield
Year: 2007
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, John Burke, Caia Coley, Mike Korich, Matteo Indelicato, Coley Feifer, Priscilla Barnes, Timothy Oman, Sean Stanek, Samm Enman, Adrienne Frantz, Kevin Linell, Torre Valencia, Glenn Valencia, Amy Lyndon, Paige Rowland, Corbin Timbrook, Reed Hodder, Shawn Hoffman, Mark R. Brown, Stan Bly, Deborah Flora, Kendal Sheppard, Jay Wilkins
Writers: Michael Feifer
Director: Michael Feifer