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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 »
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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
Plot:
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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You can say that again! ...DeR@nG€d!! See more (77 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
82 min | UK:84 min
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
Before the release of Ed Gein (2000), this was the most accurate portrayal of Ed Gein's story.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Ezra is clubbing Mary Ransom, the blood is clearly coming from the club, not her head.See more »
Quotes:
[after exhuming his dead mother]
Ezra Cobb:I apologize for calling you a hog, mama.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Ed Gein: From Murderer to Movies (2013) (V)See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
You can say that again! ...DeR@nG€d!!, 3 February 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Oh yeah! This is what us genre fans like to call a REAL horror film! "Deranged" is shocking, insensitive, cold-hearted and features a 'you-don't-like-it-go-to-hell'-honesty you can't possibly walk away from! This is the pretty damn factual, and therefore hugely disturbing, reconstruction of the case of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. This guy was crazier and far more dangerous than any fictional horror character could ever be and therefore he was a nearly endless source of inspiration for independent filmmakers who wanted to bring a horrific tale. "Deranged" appears to be very cheap and amateurish, but it's one of the rare films in which the low budget production values actually contribute in making the story more grim and realistic! Ed Gein really was a poor and simple-minded farmer who went absolutely berserk after the death of his beloved mother and he refused to accept her passing away by replacing her with cadavers that he kept in his house. The characters' names have been altered, as well as the timing of the story, but Ezra Cobb's actual crimes are frighteningly truthful and portrayed with a chilling eye for detail. The film's biggest trump is unquestionably the casting of the rather unknown actor Roberts Blossom whose impressive and straight-faced performance will make you more than once wonder whether he isn't a real madman! Other aspects that definitely increase the creepiness are the constant funeral music that guides the film and the colorless, depressing set pieces. "Deranged" is not a total gorefest (mainly due to the lack in budget) but the murders are nonetheless explicitly illustrated and quite bloody. Strangely enough, the film's devastating tone is regularly undercut with brilliant flashes of morbid black humor, like Ezra's encounter with an overweight widow who talks to her deceased husband. In short, "Deranged" is a typically 70's cult treasure that should be watched by every horror fan on this planet.

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