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Monday, March 14, 2016

Ed Gein: Psycho

I must say, I absolutely hated this book. While it was informative, it was also incredibly difficult to read; imagine a narrative research paper that is 160 pages long. Ed Gein was the inspiration for much of our horror pop culture, as well as many cult classics. He's best known for his skin suit, that he made from different women. He was obsessed with women, not because he want them but because he wanted to become them. However, many don't know that this started as a grave robbing hobby after his beloved mother passed away. Gein took to the freshly dug graves to get off and begin his collection of different lady pieces. His crimes were gruesome, yet he was only convicted for two murders, the rest were already dead when he got to them. Ed Gein was absolutely the killer next door, but no one ever suspected him. He was just a little slower, weirder than everyone else. But a murderer? 
The second half of this book is entitled "Ed's Children" to show all of the different classics that have been inspired by or include Geinian ways:
Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Silence of the Lambs
Bates Motel
Countless comic books
Ed Gein Fan Club
As the author mentions, Ed Gein has truly inspired countless works in pop culture and has become folklore. It is hard to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. The Geinian way has weaseled it's way in to so many different aspects of our modern day horror pop culture and has paved the way for excellent slasher films. 

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