Watch Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield
- 1 hr 30 min
This film is based on the true story of Ed Gein, who was himself the basis for the films Psycho and Texas Chainsaw movies. The horrific nature of his crimes have influenced generations of movie makers, and is still felt today. Set in rural Wisconsin, the actual scene of the crimes, the film follows the rapid deterioration of a shy farmer into one of the most horrifying killers known at that time, whose crimes made headlines worldwide when they were discovered. It began with the death of his mother, whom he loved and feared. Ed started robbing graves, and skinning the corpses. When he was arrested, there were many grisly artifacts, such as lampshades made from human skin, and bowls made of skulls. Once he tired of dead bodies, he went after live prey, which he hung in his barn much like a game hunter after the kill. The film centers more on the kidnapping of the girlfriend of the sheriff's deputy, which did not happen in reality, and the search for her before it was too late. The police search ends at Ed's home, where the woman is found, dismembered, along with several other corpses and parts of bodies made into gruesome decor for the house. Background on Ed as a child being traumatized by his mother who was deeply religious, and her instilling in him the belief that all women, other than her, were evil sinners and to stay away from them. Having to reconcile his own natural attraction to women and the words and actions of his mother seems to be the reason Ed snapped when she died and started looking for her replacement. The replacement would have to be unable to tell him what to do, since he was learning to be on his own after her death. The film is set in the 1950's as were the crimes that were committed, which is perhaps what made them all the more shocking. The true story behind what was perhaps the most twisted mind in the world at that time shocked the police, the press and the population. While the kidnapping of victims was an accurate plot point, it is not true that one of the victims was the girlfriend of a sheriff's deputy. Aside from that bit of storytelling license the film hold true to many of the details of the real crimes of this serial killer.