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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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"Bad" yes, "unentertaining" NO!
12 February 2000 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

Criminally Insane is a surprisingly entertaining film, especially for one that's only 60 minutes long and shot entirely in someone's grandma's house. I originally thought it looked like a home movie, until I saw the director's follow-up film "DEATH NURSE," at which point my opinion of the first film changed entirely. I was then impressed with the luster and sparkle of CRIMINALLY INSANE. The characters are really interesting, especially Ethel's hooker sister and her abusive pimp boyfriend who dreams of being in the movies. Most interesting, of course, is Ethel herself. Priscilla Alden, displaying something almost remotely resembling true moviestar charisma. She is a hoot to watch as she hacks her grandma to death out of frustration at finding the refridgerator empty. At only 60 minutes the plot moves along swiftly, with odd subplots rearing their head, including Ethel's incompetant attempts to dispose of the bodies. Very, very, very interesting. Very overlooked. Anyone who doesn't like this movie is a jerk.


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