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A documentary on the life and music of manic-depressive, paranoid-schizophrenic cult music icon Wild Man Fischer.


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Credited cast:
Wild Man Fischer ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Bronson ...
Herself (archive footage)
Josephine Chuey ...
Irwin Chusid ...
Dennis P. Eichhorn ...
David Fischer ...
Richard Foos ...
Robert Haimer ...
Barry Hansen ...
Himself (as Dr. Demento)
Fugly the Klown ...
Himself (archive footage)


A documentary on the life and music of manic-depressive, paranoid-schizophrenic cult music icon Wild Man Fischer.

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My name is Larry. Manic depressive. Paranoid schizophrenic. Rock legend.



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Freak consented to do an interview in exchange for a bottle of vodka. See more »


Wild Man Fischer: You gotta have three things: you gotta have talent, you gotta have talent, and you gotta have persistence.
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Features Fish Heads (1980) See more »


Written and Performed by Wild Man Fischer
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Must avoid documentary
6 March 2007 | by (Oklahoma Hills) – See all my reviews

Derailroaded has to be one of the worst, most unnecessary pieces of filmaking ever. The object of this film is Larry "Wildman" Fischer a quasi musician of dubious importance. We learn Wildman Fischer enjoyed some minor success as a fringe artist in the seventies. I use the term artist in the most liberal terms, as Larry's artistry consists of screaming nonsensical lyrics into the microphone. Absolutely awful sounding. It couldn't really be fairly described as music.

They follow the exploits of Fischer, a paranoid schizophrenic, from his early years through the near present. Most of the current footage is done with a camera and microphone in Larry's face with predictably obvious results. The audience doesn't need an hour and a half of this to see the poor fellow needs some help. The whole wretched thing has a carnival side-show feel to it. This film is so over the top that for a while I thought it was a docu-drama spoof in the vein of Blair Witch Project.

In the end you wonder if this was about mental illness or the fall of a Rock Musician. Sad to say I don't think many people have even heard or care about Fischer as a musician. Even fewer will care about the films treatment of schizophrenia. Either way it's a complete flop.

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