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1975 (USA) See more »
She's 250 Pounds of Maniacal Fury!
An obese woman recently released from an insane asylum kills anyone who attempts to get her to stop eating. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Priscilla Alden ... Ethel Janowski
Michael Flood ... John
Jane Lambert ... Mrs. Janowski
Robert Copple

George 'Buck' Flower ... 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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Directed by
Nick Millard  (as Nick Philips)
Writing credits
Nick Millard (screenplay) (as Nick Philips)

Produced by
Frances Millard .... producer
Cinematography by
Karil Ostman 
Film Editing by
John Lincoln 
Casting by
Harold Morris 
Art Direction by
Charles R. Fenwick 
Makeup Department
Gigo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ray Sikes .... unit manager
Sound Department
Ronald Gertz .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Bange .... still photographer
Francois Truchon .... camera operator
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Dave Cox .... continuity

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61 min
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Filming took five weeks in the Spring of 1973.See more »
John:Come on Rosalie, you know that I love you.
Rosalie:If you love me so much, how come you beat the hell out of me?
John:Rosalie, I'm gonna tell you the truth for once, okay? You need a good beating every once in a while. All women do. And you especially. Okay?
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Deserves it's place on the cult circuit, 12 January 2013
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Nick Millard, director of obscure cult favourite Criminally Insane, must have been ashamed of himself. As well as this schlocky (yet quite enjoyable) effort, he has notched up as many Z-grade soft-core flicks as he has had aliases, such as the classics Fraulein Leather (1970), Pleasure Spots (1975), and, most hilariously, Sex Weirdo (1973). He has named himself Helmud Schuyler, Otto Wilmer and Alan Lindus, and here goes by the name of Nick Philips. Although he displays a unique talent for ineptness, Criminally Insane proves to be almost charming in its embracing of trash, and although features technical standards akin to Herschall Gordon Lewis, it channels the Midnight Movie sleaze of John Waters.

The obese and mentally ill Ethel (Priscilla Alden) is released from a mental hospital, where she moves back in with her mother Mrs. Janowski (Jane Lambert). Having been warned of Ethel's physical health and dangerous over-eating, Mrs. Janowski places her on a diet, locking all the cupboards and emptying the fridge. After being refused the key to the cupboard, Ethel stabs and killer her mother, and orders a big delivery (with extra ice-cream). Unable to pay the bill, Ethel kills the delivery boy as well, dragging him and her mother into the back room where they begin to rot. Things become complicated when Ethel's sister Rosalie (Lisa Farros) moves in, bringing her prostitute lifestyle as well as her sleazy pimp boyfriend John (Michael Flood), in with her.

From the synopsis alone, one could predict what they were letting themselves in for. This is shameless exploitation, made on an obviously tiny budget, and filmed in mainly one location (probably the director's grandma's house). Millard's takes people's natural disgust for obesity (now a much more sensitive issue in these PC days) and turns it into a movie monster. Alden, clearly possessing no acting ability, is nevertheless memorable, and more disturbingly, believable. I could imagine watching her on the Jerry Springer show being crane-lifted out the side of her house. At only 61 minutes, it doesn't demand much, but if a film this short can feel dragged out towards the end then you know you're in trouble. But ultimately, there are plenty of logic-defying moments that provide much-needed hilarity, and the thickest fake blood you've ever seen, and deserves it's place on the cult circuit.

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