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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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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:
Writer/co-director Alan Ormsby cameos as the picture of Maureen Selby's late husband.See more »
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Errors in geography: Although supposedly set in the United States (US cash is shown), the cars have Ontario (Canada) license plates.See more »
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Ma Cobb:Remember what I've always told you: The wages of sin is gonorrhea, syphilis, and death.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Work of art? Exploitation film? True crime expose? Or Ed Gein homage?, 2 September 2003
Author: Muffy-5 from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

I picked up the DVD for "Motel Hell," and -- after getting a few good laughs out of it -- decided to watch the double-feature as well. I expected a cheap, gratuitous exploitation film with no redeeming features. What I got was a surprisingly subdued, well-made, and well-acted film that -- strangely -- had a lot of heart and compassion in it. And it's funny too, but in a down-to-earth manner. You could almost view this as an homage to Ed Gein, as opposed to an expose.

I also got a kick out of the crime reporter who kept on popping up in the scenes, waxing eloquent about "Ezra's" horrible habits, while Ezra himself sits next to the reporter, going about his business.

"Deranged" is a very strange movie, but not in an over-the-top way. It's strange with everyday life: the family who tells Ezra to stop kidding around when he repeatedly talks about committing the well-publicized crimes in the area, the old guy in the bar who talks trash about the state of his withered sex organs, and -- best of all -- the woman who uses her dead husband to seduce Ezra. Speaking of which, this lead to my favourite line in the film, as Ezra describes this woman to his mummified mother: "You were right, momma, she sure is fat! And I like that. But it would be scary to get stuck in all that fat. Real scary. I'd better take something along to protect myself."

As uneven as this movie is, it's got a strange oddball charm, as though the people involved felt they were creating a cross between an enduring work of art and a true-life crime story, but threw in a healthy dose of gore in order to make it more interesting. I'm glad I watched it, and would gladly see it again.

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