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USA: First Look Pictures
UK: Metro Tartan Pictures
Cast: Steve Railsback, Carrie Snodgress, Carol Mansell, Sally Champlin, Steve Blackwood, Craig Zimmerman, Pat Skipper
Director: Chuck Parello
UK: 88 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong horror and serial killer theme
USA Release Date: 4 May 2001 (Limited Release - Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 20 July 2001
The time was the late '50s. The place was Plainfield, Wisconsin. Not much ever happened in this quiet town of 642 people...until the population dropped to 641.
Ed Gein (Steve Railsback) is a simple man who wants was to lead a simple life on his family's farm. But the farm is remote, the family is gone, the crops perished long ago. And the ghosts of Ed's past are coming back to haunt him.
Ed's only companion in life was his domineering mother Augusta (Carrie Snodgress), and she loved Ed to a fault. She did her best to raise him as an upstanding Christian, with daily Bible readings and the occasional lash of her belt. But Augusta died a few years ago...and Ed will never be the same.
Ed's into reincarnation, head-shrinking, cannibalism and has a perverted interest with the female anatomy. Soon freshly buried bodies of Plainfield's dead women are starting to disappear. Ed spends his evenings in the local cemetery, then works through the night back at the farm. Folks in Plainfield may think Ed is a bit simple-minded, but he's actually very creative. With the help of Gray's Anatomy, Ed is making his own housewares: a lampshade here, a soup bowl there. He's especially proud of the skin suit he wears on special occasions.
Now, though, Augusta's ghost is getting louder. She doesn't like the look of that oversexed barmaid Mary Hogan (Sally Champlin) and that snooty storeowner Colette Marshall (Carol Mansell) will also have to go. And Ed is just getting started. "I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore," commands Augusta - and who is Ed to argue? After all, he loves his work.
This is the story that inspired PSYCHO, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS - but the truth is even more terrifying.
You've never met anyone like Ed. You've never seen a film like ED GEIN.