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Release Date:
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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A true bone-chiller. See more (73 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
Peter James .... executive producer
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
 
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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Cosette Lee, who played Roberts Blossom elderly mother in the film, was in actuality only 14 years older than Blossom.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Ezra is feeding Ma Cobb, she begins spewing blood from her mouth and nose. She turns her head slightly, and you can see the tube where the blood is coming out of.See more »
Quotes:
Ma Cobb:Remember what I've always told you: The wages of sin is gonorrhea, syphilis, and death.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A true bone-chiller., 25 September 2005
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

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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