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Criminally Insane -- An obese woman recently released from an insane asylum kills anyone who attempts to get her to stop eating


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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

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
Other crew
Dave Cox .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Crazy Fat Ethel" - USA (alternative title)
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61 min
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Filming took five weeks in the Spring of 1973.See more »
Ethel Janowski:[after putting her grandmother's body in a laundry bag and dragging it down the hall] Hey Granny, if you stink the worst you have to be first.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Don't mess with Crazy Fat Ethel., 27 July 2010
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland

Fat Ethel Janowski enjoys eating a lot.After staying in an asylum and having electro shocks therapy Ethel is released to live with her grandmother.Ethel wants to eat and her grandma tries to stop Ethel's eating habits.Ethel murders her grandmother with a kitchen knife and she can eat peacefully as much as she wants.In the meantime more murders take place.Technically crude,raw and suitably unsettling cult psycho-slasher about murderous obese woman.The gore effects are lame,the blood looks like a red paint,but the central performance of Priscilla Alden is great.I haven't seen the sequel of "Criminally Insane" or "Death Nurse" movies,but someday I will.8 out of 10.Don't mess with Crazy Fat Ethel.She will butcher you with meat cleaver and eat your tasty flesh.

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