MindspillSince I am a sucker for slasher flicks, I had to see the latest addition to the horror genre Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. After work today I made a mad dash for the theater & unfortunately was 4 minutes late for the movie opening because I had to get my drink & popcorn to have a complete experience. I happened to walk in on a pretty gruesome scene, I will not go into detail but it did involve the birth of “Leatherface”.

The movie was basically a prequel to the original film released, which was released in 1974. The plot was somewhat the same with a group of young adults living their lives until some serious shit goes wrong. In this case things got set off with a fight over the Vietnam War, a dreadful biker chicken, an exploding cow & the fake sheriff.

There was of course the sick cannibalism etc, but now I understand the madness (I think). There were no real surprises in the movie so if you go see it, keep your expectations low on this front.

TCM: The Beginning is not lacking in gore (I mean lots), blood-curdling screams, running white females or human gumbo. So just sticking with the basics in mind, I recommend this movie big time. Although there were 2 scenes where I almost through up in my mouth, it was awesome.

After the credits started to roll, a narrator gave some information about the actual murders or something to that effect. Remember: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is loosely based on a true story. So because I am me, I had to come home to dig up the facts on the real story & it is not as gruesome as the movie portrays (as usual).


Here is the real deal: Edward Theodore Gein: The real murderer

Childhood – Edward Theodore Gein (August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984), was one of the most notorious murderers in U.S. history. The particularly bizarre and morbid nature of his crimes shocked the world, even though it may never be known if he committed more than two murders. Besides the death of his brother in 1944 under mysterious circumstances, six people disappeared from the Wisconsin towns of La Crosse and Plainfield between 1947 and 1957. Gein was conclusively linked to only two, though it is suspected there were more. MindspillEd Gein was born to Augusta T. Lehrke (1878–1945) and George P. Gein (1873–1940) on August 27, 1906, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. They were both natives of Wisconsin, had married on July 7, 1900, and their marriage produced Ed and his older brother, Henry G. Gein (1901–1944). Gein’s father was a violent alcoholic who was frequently unemployed. Gein and his brother rejected their violent, aimless father, as did Augusta, who treated her husband like a nonentity. Despite her deep contempt for her husband, the atrophic marriage persisted. Divorce was not an option due to the family’s religious beliefs. Augusta operated the small family grocery store and eventually purchased a farm on the outskirts of another small town, Plainfield, which became the Gein family’s permanent home.

Augusta decided to move to this desolate location to prevent outsiders from influencing her sons. Gein only left the premises to go to school and Augusta blocked any attempt he made to pursue friendships. Besides school, he spent most of his time doing chores on the farm and sodomizing the chickens (no citation). Augusta, who was a Lutheran and fanatically religious, drummed into her boys the innate immorality of the world, the evil of drink, and the belief that all women (herself excluded) were whores. According to Augusta, the only acceptable form of sex was solely for procreation. She reserved time every afternoon to read to them from the Bible, usually selecting graphic verses from the Old Testament dealing with death, murder and divine retribution.

At the age of ten, Gein experienced an ejaculation upon viewing his mother and father slaughtering a hog in a nearby shed. When Gein reached puberty, Augusta became increasingly strict, once dousing him in scalding water after she caught him masturbating in the bathtub, grabbing his genitals and calling them the “curse of man”.

With a slight growth over one eye and an effeminate demeanor, the young Gein became a target for bullies. He was also notorious for a permanent lopsided grin that was displayed even during serious conversations. Classmates and teachers recall other off-putting mannerisms such as seemingly random laughter, as if he were laughing at his own personal joke. Despite his poor social development, he did fairly well in school, particularly in reading.

Arrest – Police investigating the disappearance of a store clerk, Bernice Worden, in Plainfield on November 17, 1957, suspected Gein to be involved. Upon entering a shed on his property, they made their first horrific discovery of the night: Worden’s corpse. She had been decapitated, and was hanging upside down by the ankles and had been split open down the torso like a deer. The mutilations had been performed post-mortem; she had been shot at close-range from a .22-caliber rifle.

Searching the house, authorities found:

  • Severed heads acting as bedposts in the bedroom;
  • Skin used to make lampshades and upholster chair seats;
  • Skulls made into soup bowls
  • A human heart (it is disputed where the heart was found; the deputies’ reports all claim that the heart was in a saucepan on the stove, with some crime scene photographers claiming it was in a paper bag)
  • A face mask made out of real facial skin found in a paper bag
  • A necklace of human lips
  • A waistcoat, called a “mammary vest,” made up of a vagina and breasts stitched together
  • Other items fashioned from the parts of human bodies, including a belt made from nipples

Above all, Gein’s most infamous creation was an entire wardrobe fabricated of human skin consisting of leggings, a gutted torso (including breasts) and an array of tanned, dead-skin masks that looked leathery and almost mummified. Mindspill

Gein eventually admitted under questioning that he would dig up the graves of recently buried middle-aged women he thought resembled his mother and take the bodies home, where he tanned their skin to make his macabre possessions… Read full detail from source here.


Back to me:

After reading this brief true history, you will not be surprised to know that the movies Psycho (young man who murders women out of a twisted sense of loyalty to his dead mother & Silence of the Lambs (a transvestite serial killer) Check out the trailer here

Other film recommendations that I have failed to review here
Jet Li’s Fearless (Based on the life of beloved Chinese fighter Huo Yuan Jia)
Black Dahlia (Loosely based on the Black Dahlia Murder)