i’m not sure how realistic this story of ed gein is, it does begin and end with actual footage of ed gein and his neighbors which i thought was a nice touch. it was a pretty well put together film, though it was obvious that there were monetary limitations. however i somehow got the feeling that they left out some of the more frightening things, like it was made for tv or something. as sadistic as this guy was supposed to be in real life i would have expected more of that to translate to the screen. the actor who played ed gein was pretty good, but most of the other actors were only so-so. the direction did a decent job of providing scares without being graphic, which contributed to my thinking it was a made for tv production. not bad, but not great either.