Ed Gein, Role Model?

Last night I sat in my darkened living room and finally watched the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." When I saw the full trailer for this movie, I was so excited. That trailer is the way that trailers should be made... not only did it sell the movie, but it effectively set the tone that the movie carried out in full.

I use Netflix to rent DVDs, and strongly recommend it to anyone who rents movies. They recently set up a new distribution center here in KCity, so I send movies back and receive new ones in two days tops. I ordered "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" just over two weeks ago. I was notified by e-mail that the movie had been shipped to me (as is their method of communication). Two days later, I was again notified by e-mail that the movie had been returned to them and they were asking me to rate the movie. Problem, I never got the movie. Something must have happened in the shipping process. Anyway, I re-ordered the movie and received it last week. Last night, I had nothing to do, so I caught up on some television and then decided to watch the flick.

The movie was fantastic. The acting was believable, the scenery outstanding, and the storyline... creepily entertaining. That's what fueled the movie. It wasn't the gore or sex appeal of scantily clad teenage girls, but how the story played out. The movie ended and I sat there nervously jittering. Creepy, creepy, creepy. That's all I can say. And to think that it was based on true events.

Or... was it? It's very popular for Hollywood to embellish stories to make money. Lots of movies come with the notice of "based on a real story." This one, however, stretches it. To you, I introduce Ed Gein, a true freak that was caught in the late 50's. As you can read, he was a nut, and his nuttiness has inspired many a movie: "Silence of the Lambs", "Psycho", and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" are among the most popular. I think that "Friday the 13th" was also inspired by Mr. Gein... he basically made the whole "mother made me do it" storyline popular.

So, now you know Gein, and now you get to find out what REALLY happened in Texas. That's right. Nothing. The writer just had a simple idea about a chainsaw and built a creepy, Ed Gein-based story to go with it. Well, congratulations. Mission accomplished.

+ original post date: May 1, 2004 09:13 PM
+ categories: Movies


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