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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
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
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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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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Based on the story of real-life Wisconsin serial killer / cannibal Ed Gein.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Ezra is clubbing Mary Ransom, the blood is clearly coming from the club, not her head.See more »
[explaining his deer-hunting philosophy]
Harlon Kootz:If we didn't shoot em, they'd just starve to death.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in This Changed Earth (2011) (V)See more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Ezra Cobb is a homicidal mamma's boy, 3 August 1999
Author: evilskip from whistling through the graveyard

This is partly inspired by the real life murderer Ed Gein. Ezra is a middle aged momma's boy. He's also a pet moron.Mommy is a raving twisty herself as she is a zealot and always preaching about "dirty women"(finest kind).So when mom drops dead old Ez starts to get lonely.

Well Ezra starts hearing mom's voice after a year. She's lonely & so is he. He digs her up and brings her back home where everybody is happy.His neighbors try and set him up with a woman.This is a really funny scene as his date tries to seduce him. She's kind of crazy herself and tells Ez that her dead husband wants them to play beneath the sheets. Well, she winds up under the sheets permanently.

Ez starts digging up the graveyard and bringing mom some company.He also starts semi stalking a waitress.Finally he sandbags her, brings her back to his place and it gets wild from there.She finds herself trussed to a chair with a table full of rotting corpses.Ez is dressed in the skin of a dead woman.There is no way out of this house of hell.

Ez really goes off the deep end on a trip to town. It involves a rifle, a young girl and a harrowing chase through the woods.This is another gripping scene that spirals into complete madness.

There are a few drawbacks. This movie could have done without the narrator.When he popped up it seemed like we were in a different movie.Old Ezra is the most sympathetic person in the movie.Everyone else is cruel, stupid or as nutty as he is.

On the upside Roberts Blossom gives a great portrayal of Ezra. You feel for Ezra and can really understand his madness.There are many shocking and disturbing scenes in this movie. But it uses suggestion rather than out and out gore.It looks rather tame compared to slasher flicks but that's why this is better. I had to wait 25 years to see this film and all in all it was worth the wait.

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