Interesting version of well-known story.,
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It is well-known that Ed Gein was the real-life inspiration for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho. This film tells the story,through flashbacks in the mind of Ed Gein,and through scenes of his everyday life and interactions with the people of Plainfield,Wisconsin. His overbearing and religious mother seems to take a lot of the blame for her son turning into a monster. The father is an unaffectionate bully, but does not feature much. There are genuinely creepy scenes, and the sets and the period are obviously well-researched. Steve Railsback as Ed, and Carrie Snodgress as the mother,are very effective.
My only problem with the movie was that I did not feel I had learned anything about Ed Gein,or what made him do what he did. His line:" A man needs his hobbies " just does not do it for me. He could have taken up fishing, football or swimming. I never got the sense of really knowing the man. Perhaps his real-life secrecy meant that little is really known about him.