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Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield

December 28, 2012 by   | Category: Reviews
Ed Gein

Based on one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, “Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield” is a re-imagining of how Ed Gein massacred his victims in the small rural town of Plainfield. The story depicted in the movie is a fictional account of how the sheriff’s department races to save a young woman from the clutches of the killer before it’s too late. Starring Kane Hodder as Ed Gein, the movie also features Adrienne Frantz, Michael Berryman and Priscilla Barnes as the characters caught up in the events depicted in the movie.

To make a long story short

Ed Gein is a quiet and reclusive man who has grown up and spent his entire life in the small rural town of Plainfield. Having lost his father at an early age, he and his brothers are brought up by their mother, who is somewhat fanatic in her religious fervor. She teaches her children that the world is full of immoral people and that all women except her, are of questionable character. In this way, she manipulates the young boys, especially Ed, into a twisted outlook on society. Years later, Ed’s mother passes away, leaving him behind alone. Devoid of any other human companionship, he withdraws into a dark and morbid world. This slowly leads him to desecrating graves and finally, killing live women. The movie depicts a fictional event which didn’t actually occur in Ed’s time. Here, we are shown how the sheriff’s girlfriend is abducted by Ed and the efforts of the sheriff’s department to rescue her in time.

 Acting/thrills and chills

 Perhaps the only redeeming quality of the movie is the performance of Kane Hodder as Ed Gein. Hodder, who is best known for portraying the cult character of Jason Voorhees in the “Friday the 13th” series, does complete justice to his role. It is interesting to watch his take on the infamous character who inspired such movies as “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. In the “Silence of the Lambs”, the character of Jame Gumb or “Buffalo Bill” was based on Ed. Although quite unlike the real Gein in build and looks, Hodder manages to inject freshness into a character that has been attempted several times in the history of American cinema. The rest of the actors don’t have much to portray. You could consider renting “Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield” just once, if only to enjoy Kane Hodder’s superb performance, and nothing else



One Comment on "Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield"

  1. Wilson on Thu, 21st Feb 2013 1:01 am 

    Cool post. It’s nice to appreciate the fine talnet behind the mask. My favorite (besides Kane Hodder of course) is Ted White. The only thing The first pic of young Jason isn’t actually Ari Lehman. That’s a picture of Caleb Guss, who played young Jason in the 2009 remake.

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