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Criminally Insane (1975)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  1975 (USA)
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An obese woman recently released from an insane asylum kills anyone who attempts to get her to stop eating.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Priscilla Alden ...
Michael Flood ...
John
Jane Lambert ...
Mrs. Janowski
Robert Copple
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Detective (as C.L. Lefleur)
Ginna Martine ...
Mrs. Kendley (as Gina Martine)
Cliff McDonald ...
Dr. Gerard
Charles Egan ...
Drunk Man
Sonny La Rocca
Sandra Shotwell ...
Nurse
Lisa Farros ...
Rosalie
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After her doctors declare her ready to return to society, Ethel leaves the psychiatric hospital and goes to live with her grandmother. She soon develops a few odd habits, in particular a insatiable compulsion to eat massive amounts of food. When grandma locks away the food supply out of fear for her granddaughter's health, Ethel kills her for the keys to the pantry. Left to her own devices, she now indulges her hunger non-stop, murdering anyone who dares to stand in her way. Will anyone be able to put a stop to her? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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She's 250 Pounds of Maniacal Fury!

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Filming took five weeks in the Spring of 1973. See more »

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Ethel Janowski: My heart is just fine as long as my stomach is not empty.
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"I don't have $80...I only have $4.50!"
16 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me open up by setting the mood for this one. When "Criminally Insane" was first released in the theaters there was a large, industrial sized scale placed in the lobby of selected theaters where it was shown and any woman weighing over 250lbs was admitted to the film for free! This should help set the mood for this poorly filmed, inept but highly entertaining horror-cheapie. The saving grace of this film is the hysterical Priscilla Alden (the 250lbs actress who plays the role of Ethel Janowski). She plays the lead character so dead pan that you cannot help but be entertained by her as she fries a pound of bacon at a time, cooks a dozen eggs, or toasts an entire loaf of bread! Food is actually a character in this film and it is Ethel's worst enemy. She kills 6 people in between stuffing her face with a half-gallon of ice cream, an entire box of vanilla wafers, or a dozen sweet rolls and when she runs out of ideas about how to conceal the bodies...she eats them! Meanwhile she is also the rudest woman you will ever come across, concerned only with her next meal as she spouts anti-semitic statements about her doctor and calls the grocery boy (whom she had just murdered) a "smart-alec kid". So grab yourself a gallon of ice cream and enjoy this 70's horror gem!


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