Top Three Thursday- Ed Gein Based Movies

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The Butcher of Plainfield

Ever watch a scary movie and feel a wash of relief when it’s over, because it was nothing but a made-up story written by someone with a tortured mind. Well, let me pop that balloon of optimism for you. Not all scary movies are completely unfounded.

Ed Gein, a.k.a. The Butcher of Plainfield or the Plainfield Ghoul has given me the willies for years. Turns out some of the most well-known psychological thrillers are rooted in his heinous crimes. I’ll give you three, but there are more in case you’re interested in a deep dive into psychopathy.

3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Although Leatherface is only loosely based off Ed Gein, the skin mask that the chainsaw wielding maniac wears is a nod to Gein. As are the body parts that decorate Leatherface’s home. HGTV had no hand in the killer’s decor, but Ed would have approved.

2. Silence of the Lambs

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The serial killer, Buffalo Bill’s obsession with making suits out of his victims’ skin was taken from a page in Gein’s playbook.

  1. Psycho
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Norman Bates’ twisted infatuation with his mother was patterned after Gein. When Gein’s mother passed away, her influence and tight laced ways remained cemented in his mind. Whenever a woman tempted him to step off the path of morality his mother had set him on, he killed her. Not sure if mommy would have approved of murder though.

From grave robbing to recycling human body parts, Ed Gein was one creepy dude. But his crimes show that sometimes fact is more unsettling than fiction.

Top Three Thursday- Most Memorable Criminal Minds UNSUBs

In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, I’m a huge Criminal Minds fan. The show is amazing on so many levels. One thing I love about it is the way they delve into what makes the murderers tick. Some of the UNSUBs have left a permanent imprint on my mind for one reason or another. Here are my top three.

3. The Inbred- Blood Relations

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As far as I know, the inbred is the only UNSUB on Criminal Minds that never had a name. That in itself sets him apart. But at the end of the episode, he escapes and kills a couple in a cabin. They never return to this storyline, so we can only assume he’s still at large in TV Land. Yikes!

2. Billy Flynn- Our Darkest Hour

First off, those teeth make my want to floss immediately. Also, I don’t look at people who own campers the way I used to. They really are homicide vans on wheels.

  1. Floyd Feylinn Ferell- Lucky
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The cannibal on this episode gave me the creepy crawlies for days. And that smile when the truth came out was chilling. Would not want to run into a guy like him … ever.

Honorable Mention:

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It was beyond difficult narrowing this down to three (four if you count the honorable mention.) Which UNSUBs stand out to you?

Also, now that Criminal Minds is over, do you have any recommendations for comparable shows to take its place?

Top 3: Most Emotional Episodes of Criminal Minds

After listening to a particularly emotional audio book today, I’ve decided to list my top three sob-worthy Criminal Minds episodes to kick off my new monthly edition of ‘Top 3’ here at Novel Concepts. Now, in all honesty, I typically cry at some point during every episode. I’ll just list the ones that make me ugly cry.

#3 Season 5 Episode 9- 100

If you’ve watched the show with any regularity, you knew this was coming. When George Foyet (a despicable human being) killed Haley Hotchner while she was on the phone with Aaron hit me straight in the grief bone. Then, Hotch’s panic when he wasn’t sure his son, Jack, had followed his code to hide? More tears. This is an emotionally jarring episode, and it proved the writers were not afraid to let our heroes hurt in the deepest ways imaginable.

#2 Season 8 Episode 12- Zugzwang

I don’t know about you, but when Reid lost Maeve, it tore my heart out. After all poor Spence had been through–torture, drug addiction, at least two bullet wounds, fearing schizophrenia would be genetically passed to him–he finally met the girl of his dreams. Well, he didn’t exactly meet her, but they’d been talking for a while and made plans to meet in person. Even though they hadn’t officially clapped eyes on one another, he loved her–really loved her. One of my favorite things he said about her when Blake asked if he was afraid to meet her in person because she may not look like he imagined was, “It doesn’t matter what she looks like. She’s already the most beautiful girl in the world to me.” *Sigh* Why aren’t more guys like Dr. Spencer Reid? But just as my heart began to hope something good would happen to him, a stalker kidnapped Maeve, and the first time Spencer met her in person, his soul mate wound up with a bullet in her head. As much as I hurt for him when the psychopath had him, my heart ached ten times as much when he lost Maeve.

#1 Season 5 Episode 16- Mosely Lane

This little dilly makes me weep every time. Now, I don’t mean a one-tissue kind of emotional experience. I’m talking a full box of Kleenex (or roll of TP depending on what’s handy). While it’s completely awful that the UNSUBs in this episode kidnap children then dispose of them in the family’s crematorium, it’s the ending that gets me. When one little boy’s parents learned that their son had been killed after helping another child THE DAY BEFORE the BAU team located the missing kids, I lost it. They were one day late. And those poor parents had to watch all the happy reunions, knowing they’d never have one of their own. I’m tearing up now, just thinking about it.

I’d love all you fellow Criminal Minds fans to weigh in. Which episodes punch you in the feels?