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Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974) More at IMDbPro »Deranged (original title)

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Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile -- A moronic, middle-aged mama's boy, 'The Butcher of Woodside', digs up his mother after death and brings her home. He also brings home other dead women to keep her company. The lunatic finally resorts to killing, preserves the corpses, and seats them at the dinner table along with his mother's mummified body. Based on a real-life story.


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February 1974 (USA) See more »
Pretty Sally Mae died a very unnatural death! ... But the worst hasn't happened to her yet! DERANGED ... confessions of a necrophile
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 Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Directed by
Jeff Gillen 
Alan Ormsby 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Ormsby 

Produced by
Tom Karr .... producer
Bob Clark .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan 
Art Direction by
Albert Fisher 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Leroy 
Makeup Department
Jerome Bergson .... makeup artist
Alan Ormsby .... makeup artist
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dennie Judson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin L. Gillen .... second assistant director (as Martin Gillen)
Ken Goch .... first assistant director
Art Department
James B. Clark .... property master
Sound Department
Gary Goch .... sound
Austin Grimaldi .... sound mixer
Joe Grimaldi .... sound mixer (as Joseph Grimaldi)
Abe Menka .... boom operator
Brigitte Sarthou .... sound editor
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Michael McGowan .... camera operator (as Mike McGowan)
Don Piel .... camera operator (as Donald Piel)
Waldron Van Houten .... gaffer
Other crew
Robert G. Gilder .... production attorney
David Keshen .... production assistant
Neil Macdonald .... production assistant
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandra L. Ulosevich)
Eli Mina .... production assistant
Donna Preece .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Deranged" - Canada (original title)
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82 min | UK:84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA15+ (2012) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Germany:16 | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) (1988) | New Zealand:(Banned) (1974) | Singapore:PG (cut) | UK:18 | USA:R

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Bob Clark, who previously made Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972) and Dead of Night (1974) with Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen, was originally approached to direct this film too. However Clark felt the script was too disturbing for his taste so he opted to produce the film, though he was uncredited.See more »
Errors in geography: Although supposedly set in the United States (US cash is shown), the cars have Ontario (Canada) license plates.See more »
Ma Cobb:Remember what I've always told you: The wages of sin is gonorrhea, syphilis, and death.See more »


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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest movies depicting Ed Gein, 13 June 2002
Author: lthseldy1 from Norfolk, VA

Ok, we've seen "Texas Chainsaw Massacure", "Motel Hell" and that other newer film I forgot the name but all are not as good as this one. This movie tells the true story of cannible Ed Gein known in this movie as Ezra Cobb. Ez is a sympathetic character in this movie and I really do feel sorry for him as he takes care of his ailing mother and then she passes away. Ez kidnaps her corpse and sends her home and treats her as if she were alive again. During his state of dementia he finds himself being facinated with embolming bodies, cannibalism and things that are down right gross. This one is one that must be seen for those into real life crimes of the deranged.

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