Ed Gein

The Commentary Commentary you are about to read is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths. Okay, not really, but there’s certainly a fair amount of slashing and running and screaming in the woods. This week we’re covering The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and everything director Tobe Hooper had to say about the production along with director of photography Daniel Pearl and Leatherface himself, Gunnar Hansen. We chose The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, because Total Recall last week left us for something a little more happy-go-lucky, something that isn’t riddled with copious amounts of blood and body parts being ripped off. Shockingly, there’s a ton more of that stuff in the Arnold movie than here, but it’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that makes you want to cleanse yourself after. The movie, for the lack of shown blood it has, does have a way of making you feel dirty after watching. So grab your popcorn, because this one’s for the whole family. Cue John Larroquette‘s opening narration in 3…2…

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Last week (June 16th to be specific) was the 51st anniversary of the theatrical release of Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock’s most influential film has a legacy that cannot be understated, and I’ll be discussing that legacy on this week’s Reject Radio (which goes live tomorrow) with author Stephen Rebello. Rebello wrote the must-read “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” which most consider to be the authoritative text on the background, production history, and impact of the slasher from the master of suspense. It’s not a new book, but it’s an important one, and it’s new to the world of e-books. Fortunately, we’re lucky enough to have this exclusive excerpt from the text where we get introduced to Ed Gein – the killer that stood as inspiration for the original “Psycho” novel by Robert Bloch.

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Getting sentimental and sloppy over our moms once a year is fine for well-adjusted kids but rebellious FSR chooses instead to honor filmdom’s 10 most demonic, diabolical, villainous mothers, the ones we love to hate.

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