Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield

Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield ★★★

A short documentary piece on the real life events, and character, upon which many of horror's darkest figures are based - Psycho's Norman Bates, The Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill, and of course, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface.
With much focus on the Texas Chainsaw ties, and its place in the features of the Remake's extras, this short but informative documentary covers the essential elements that exist in both film and reality, and is worthy of inclusion in any exhaustive TCM franchise binge.
The events, the psychology, the horror culture influences, and the social world around the events are all detailed here, and it is proven that a long runtime is not needed where the essential themes are effectively summarised and communicated. The doc has a little less style and personality as other movie features do, but being true-crime based that should be secondary anyway, as the dark tone of the subject matter sets its own scene; perhaps to dress it in the usual wacky horror themed dressings would've been tasteless of them.
A very quick and well communicated account of the events behind so many horror classics, this documentary is well worth the time for fans of the horror genre curious of its roots in reality.