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Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)

Deranged (original title)
A deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps, among others, as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.

Directors:

Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby

Writer:

Alan Ormsby (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roberts Blossom ... Ezra Cobb
Cosette Lee ... Ma Cobb
Leslie Carlson ... Tom Sims
Robert Warner Robert Warner ... Harlon Kootz
Marcia Diamond Marcia Diamond ... Jenny Kootz
Arlene Gillen Arlene Gillen ... Miss Johnson
Robert McHeady Robert McHeady ... Sheriff
Marian Waldman ... Maureen Selby (as Marion Waldman)
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Drunk
Micki Moore ... Mary
Pat Orr ... Sally
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Smegal ... Brad Kootz
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Storyline

A man living in rural Wisconsin takes care of his bed-ridden mother, who is very domineering and teaches him that all women are evil. After she dies he misses her, so a year later he digs her up and takes her home. He learns about taxidermy and begins robbing graves to get materials to patch her up, and inevitably begins looking for fresher sources of materials. Based closely on the true story of Ed Gein. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

Pretty Sally Mae died a very unnatural death! ... But the worst hasn't happened to her yet! DERANGED ... confessions of a necrophile

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film was banned in Boston due to its overt violent nature. See more »

Goofs

Although supposedly set in the United States (US cash is shown), the cars have Ontario (Canada) license plates. See more »

Quotes

[after exhuming his dead mother]
Ezra Cobb: I apologize for calling you a hog, mama.
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Alternate Versions

The MGM Double Feature DVD left out at least one scene of Ezzra Cobb scouping out a corpse's brains with an ice cream scoop. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

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A true bone-chiller.
25 September 2005 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Over the years there have been a number of films, both horror and thriller, that have been inspired by the real-life crimes of the infamous Ed Gein. Yet, this was the first film to be closely based on the real Ed Gein.

Reclusive old man loses his mind after the death of his mother and starts to rob graves. But that's just the beginning of terrors to come.

While In the Light of the Moon (2000) may be the more accurate film for the true story of Gein, Deranged is the most effectively frightening. Deranged is an example of low-budget film making at it's best. It sports a believably dark atmosphere and the feeling of chilling realism. In fact some sequences from this film (especially the midnight 'dinner' scene) are simply unforgettable.

The cast of the film is good, but the real highlight of it all is in it's star Robert Blossoms. Blossoms brings such a genuine believability to his crazed character and at times makes him quite sympathetic! That achievement alone is impressive.

Also of note, this was one of the early films for makeup FX artist Tom Savini and his creations for the film are well-done. Adding even more to the sheer spookiness of this film is it's musical score, which is comprised of religious songs.

While Deranged may not have the fame of other low-budgeters of it's day, it is none the less a masterful horror picture that deserves a place in the history of low-budget horror.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile See more »

Filming Locations:

Enniskillen, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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