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A 'bats--t insane' new true crime doc purports to interview a serial killer from beyond the grave

America's true crime obsession has officially reached its logical and absurd endpoint.

The forthcoming Discovery+ documentary Ed Gein: The Real Psycho reportedly includes an exclusive new interview with Ed Gein, the notorious serial killer who inspired Norman Bates in Psycho and Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs — which is surprising, to say the least, since Gein died in 1984. Rather, Gein is reached for comment — from beyond the grave! — by the paranormal investigator and filmmaker Steve Shippy and the "renowned psychic medium" Cindy Kaza.

Writes The Daily Beast in its blistering review of the doc, "Ed Gein: The Real Psycho is simultaneously disrespectful to the dead (and viewers' intelligence) and comical in its shameless deceptiveness." Uh, yikes!

If you still want to watch the "bats--t insane" documentary (which Den of Geek was slightly warmer on, calling it a "surprisingly fun whistle past a graveyard"), it will be available on Discovery+ on Friday. Still, you might want to steel yourself by reading The Daily Beast's full review here. Jeva Lange