Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)
"Deranged" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Horror, Thriller  |  February 1974 (USA)
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Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother whom he keeps her corpse, among others, as his companions in his decaying farmhouse




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Complete credited cast:
Cosette Lee ...
Leslie Carlson ...
Tom Sims
Robert Warner ...
Harlon Kootz
Marcia Diamond ...
Jenny Kootz
Brian Smeagle ...
Brad Kootz
Arlene Gillen ...
Miss Johnson
Robert McHeady ...
Marian Waldman ...
Maureen Selby (as Marion Waldman)
Jack Mather ...
Micki Moore ...
Pat Orr ...


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 <>

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


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Producer Tom Karr raised $200,000 budget from the money he earned as a concert promoter for acts such as Led Zeppelin, Three Dog Night, The Temptations and Rod Stewart. See more »


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[after exhuming his dead mother]
Ezra Cobb: I apologize for calling you a hog, mama.
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When the movie ends, the terror just begins!
6 October 2001 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

Based on the diabolical doings of psycho-mama's boy Ed Gein, this film is guaranteed to leave you feeling uneasy for days after viewing. Some images are so horrific that they are fairly certain to haunt your dreams. Character actor Roberts Blossom in his best role ever is chillingly good as the overly devoted son who, not quite all there to begin with, goes completely round the bend when his beloved mother dies. He digs the old lady up, brings her back to the family farm, restores her corpse, and kills an occasional female passerby to keep her company. It's every bit as strange as it sounds. But when it's over, you can't simply shrug it off and say to yourself, "Oh well, it's only a movie", because it's based on the truth. Viewers familiar with the Ed Gein case will note that the filmmakers have, for the most part, stuck close to the facts. It leaves a strong impression, and, to put it mildly, a rather disturbing one. What's truly amazing is that the filmmakers have brought a sense of humor to these gruesome events and it ISN'T offensive. DERANGED is one of the best scary/funny movies I have ever seen. It is most definitely not for children. As for the adults, you"ll just have to take your chances.

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