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Ed Gein (In the Light of the Moon)

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Original title
Ed Gein (In the Light of the Moon)
Year
Running time
89 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Stephen Johnston
Music
Robert McNaughton, Gustav Cezario
Cinematography
Vanja Cernjul
Cast
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Producer
Tartan Films / City Heat Productions / Kunert/Manes Entertainment LLC / Unapix Entertainment Productions
Genre
Thriller. Horror | Based On A True Story. 1950s. Serial Killers
Synopsis / Plot
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 dear Augusta died a few years back...and Ed will never be the same. Because Ed always did have peculiar interests. Reincarnation. Head-shrinking. Cannibalism. And the wonderful world of female anatomy. Soon, Ed is doing something about it. The freshly buried bodies of Plainfield's dead women are starting to disappear.

Ed spends his evenings in the local cemetery, then burns the midnight oil 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). 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.
Awards
2000: Sitges Fantasy Film Festival: Best Movie, Best Actor (Steve Railsback)
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