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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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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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When the movie ends, the terror just begins! See more (77 total) »


  (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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Writer/co-director Alan Ormsby cameos as the picture of Maureen Selby's late husband.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 »
[after exhuming his dead mother]
Ezra Cobb:I apologize for calling you a hog, mama.
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
When the movie ends, the terror just begins!, 6 October 2001
Author: Chad Edwards ( from cincinnati, ohio

Based on the diabolical doings of psycho-mama's boy Ed Gein, this film is guaranteed to leave you feeling uneasy for days after viewing. Some images are so horrific that they are fairly certain to haunt your dreams. Character actor Roberts Blossom in his best role ever is chillingly good as the overly devoted son who, not quite all there to begin with, goes completely round the bend when his beloved mother dies. He digs the old lady up, brings her back to the family farm, restores her corpse, and kills an occasional female passerby to keep her company. It's every bit as strange as it sounds. But when it's over, you can't simply shrug it off and say to yourself, "Oh well, it's only a movie", because it's based on the truth. Viewers familiar with the Ed Gein case will note that the filmmakers have, for the most part, stuck close to the facts. It leaves a strong impression, and, to put it mildly, a rather disturbing one. What's truly amazing is that the filmmakers have brought a sense of humor to these gruesome events and it ISN'T offensive. DERANGED is one of the best scary/funny movies I have ever seen. It is most definitely not for children. As for the adults, you"ll just have to take your chances.

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